Alaska State Parks Volunteer Program
Volunteer and Volunteer Internship
Positions - 2014
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WINTER CARETAKER (1 position)
Park/Area: GLEN ALPS CARETAKER CABIN - Hillside Host
Glen Alps is a very popular park for Anchorage residents and visitor alike. Just a short drive from downtown Anchorage, visitors can enjoy a true wilderness experience. Residents spend time walking, hiking and skiing the many trails around the park especially on long summer days and weekends. Moose, fox and an occasional bear are often sighted from the many vantage points. Activities during winter include skiing, hiking, sledding, wildlife viewing and snowmobiling (if snow depth is adequate). The Anchorage Hillside host is responsible for providing basic services at four popular Chugach State Park trailheads; Glen Alps, Upper O’Malley, Upper Huffman, and Prospect Heights.
Main Tasks: Live at the Glen Alps caretaker cabin and perform daily maintenance of the facility. Job duties include restroom cleaning, garbage pickup, visitor counts, incident reporting, visitor interaction, and other duties as assigned. Winter duties include those described above although on a smaller scale due to decreased visitation. This position requires people who can work with minimal supervision, exercise good judgment and maintain a high standard for park maintenance.
Requirements: The position can be physically demanding. Additional duties during winter include snow blowing/shoveling, maintaining access to fee stations and latrines, snowmobile operation, and winter trail maintenance. Experience in winter-based activity is especially helpful for this position.
Internship: Field experience only, not an intern position.
Allowance/Housing: Cabin with some furnishings, propane provided for stove/oven and heater.
Time Commitment: October 15 through May 15.
Send Application to: Ranger Kurt Hensel
Alaska State Parks - Chugach
phone: (907) 345-5014
WINTER CARETAKER (1-2 positions)
Park/Area: CHUGACH STATE PARK - EAGLE RIVER NATURE CENTER - The half million acres that make up Chugach State Park are filled with rugged mountains, ice caps, and sweeping glaciers. Wildlife abounds, including brown and black bears, Dall sheep, mountain goats, moose, wolves, bald and golden eagles, and all five species of salmon. The Nature Center is operated by a non-profit Friends group in cooperation with Chugach State Park. The purpose of the Nature Center is to provide a safe environment in which park visitors can receive timely and accurate information and learn about the natural environment. Our priorities are friendliness, safety and quality.
Main Tasks: Live at the Eagle River Nature Center and perform daily maintenance of the facility and latrines in the area. Provide indoor information services (in person and over the phone, Friday-Sunday); operate cash register for snack, gift and membership sales. Light maintenance, including watering flowers, litter pickup, cleaning restrooms, emptying trash and vacuuming. Other tasks involve snow removal in the vicinity of the nature center, using a snowblower and snow shovels; provide a security presence; assist staff with patrol of the trails and trail maintenance.
Special Projects: Varies with the individual but could include leading winter recreational or naturalist programs if interested.
Desired Skills: Good public speaking skills and enthusiasm for working with the public; self-motivation; flexibility; good judgment; winter survival and recreational skills; good health and physical condition; ability to work independently, comfortable with using snow machinery. Possess a valid driver’s license.
Requirements: Must be available during the week to maintain the facility and area - remove snow and assist staff when needed; available Fridays through Sundays from 9:30 am to 5:30 p.m. to work inside the center, as well as to assist with Friday evening astronomy programs 2 times a month.
Internship: Will assist volunteer in internship requirements and paperwork.
Allowance/Housing: Subsistence payment available. Upper floor room inside nature center with bed, desk, closets, and phone; modern restroom nearby; kitchen with some sharing; access to computer and TV/VCR; availability of vehicle to drive to Eagle River for errands (grocery shopping, laundry, etc); must be flexible and adaptable to living conditions because several other staff and local volunteers will be in and out of the building at various times of the day.
Time Commitment: October 1 through May 1, minimum time commitment.
Note: Additional information about the Nature Center can be found at www.ernc.org For specific questions contact Asta Spurgis, Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please include “Volunteer Inquiry” in the subject line). You may send applications up to one year in advance. We prefer to follow-up on preliminary applications by e-mail.
Application requirements: Completed Alaska State Parks application; short cover letter explaining your motivation for pursuing a volunteer position at the Nature Center and your dates/times available; a brief description of any special skills and related experience; and a resume limited to one page. Please do not send any additional information.
Send Application to: Laura Kruger, Manager
Eagle River Nature Center
phone: (907) 694-2108