Alaska State Parks Volunteer Program Volunteer and Volunteer Internship
  Positions - 2016


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WINTER CAMP CARETAKER/HOST (1 full time volunteer position)

Enjoy and experience a winter volunteering in Sitka, Alaska. Live in a quaint cabin 7 miles from town in a beautiful recreation area adjacent to Starrigavan Bay. Sitka is located in the southeast panhandle of Alaska and is only accessible by air or boat.

The Starrigavan Recreation Area is a joint management venture between the USDA Forest Service and Alaska State Parks. The recreation area offers 2 ¼ miles of loop trails adjacent to 34 campsites, 1 public recreation rental cabin, 6 picnic sites and an artesian well. The recreation area is busy year around, but receives primarily day use during the fall, winter and spring seasons.

Main Tasks: Interact with campers, hikers, artesian well users and other recreation area users. Live within the recreation area and provide a Forest Service presence; assist in deterring criminal mischief and vandalism of facilities; contact Forest Service staff or appropriate authorities in case of problems or emergencies; monitor light maintenance needs at host cabin; meet and greet visitors; monitor the recreation area water system and facility use; monitor and post incoming camping reservations; check in/out reservations for recreation rental cabin, stock rental cabin with split firewood; collect and process camping/log cabin fees; perform light maintenance including cleanup of fire rings, restrooms, campsites, rental cabin; leaf litter removal; open and close access gates daily; snow removal using government provided OHV with plow (previous ATV/UTV/small tractor experience required). Snowfall is sporadic and typically begins about mid-November.

Desired Skills: Willingness to engage and communicate with visitors to the recreation area; experience with gas powered equipment and operating ATV/UTV/riding power equipment; outdoor winter enthusiast; comfortable living alone semi-remotely (7 miles from Sitka at the “end of the road”) during the shortest days of the year (6 hours daylight December and January).

Internship: Not applicable.

Housing: Volunteer lives in a small “Pan Abode” style cabin (1 bedroom, kitchen/living/office area, bath and laundry) within the recreation area with all utilities paid by the Forest Service. Oil heat, electrical lights, phone (local calls only); indoor plumbing; other amenities available; requires conservative use of cabin water system.
Adults and non-smokers only; no pets.

Allowance: Travel reimbursement on Alaska Marine Highway for self and vehicle 19 feet or less and/or a daily reimbursement may be available.

Time Commitment: 6.5 months, Late September through early April.

Note: Personal vehicle required for transportation. Applications accepted through July 1st or until filled. State Park application may be used to apply for this position.

Send Application to: Attn.: Mike Mullin, Natural Resource Specialist

USDA Forest Service, Sitka Ranger District
204 Siginaka Way
Sitka, AK 99835


phone: (907) 747-4274