• Conservation Education • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information
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Do you have a passion for your nation’s public lands? Do you love performing and telling important stories? Would you like to live and work in the Last Frontier? If the answer to these questions is yes, then come join the team at the Anchorage Alaska Public Lands Information Center (AAPLIC)! AAPLIC is seeking volunteers to research, write and present interpretive programs for the upcoming summer season. Volunteers will have the opportunity to develop and provide a variety of unique formal interpretive programs, including historical walking tours through downtown Anchorage, 45 minute illustrated programs (this year’s themes are WWII on the Alaskan Front, subsistence, and Katmai National Park and Preserve), as well as multiple short talks and demonstrations. Volunteers will also be encouraged to develop a program on a topic of personal interest for Ranger’s Choice programming. In addition, volunteers will provide informal interpretation while manning outdoor touch tables and participating in special events. Volunteers will be expected to staff the visitor center desk, with duties to include answering visitor questions, trip planning assistance, making movie announcements, assisting with bookstore sales, restocking brochures, answering the center’s information line, and general office tasks. Volunteers may also be asked to assist with educational programming such as field trips and classroom visits.
Volunteers will be given the opportunity to participate in multiple trainings including seasonal staff training, gain mentorship from National Park Service Staff, travel to a variety of public lands in Alaska, and experience incredible adventures in the Great Land!
About our Center: The Alaska Public Lands Information Center in Anchorage opened in 1987, seven years after the passage of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA). This sweeping piece of conservation legislation created 104.3 million additional acres of protected federal public land in Alaska. ANILCA also mandated the establishment of multiple interagency visitor centers in order to provide the public with information on access, safety, resource use, and recreational opportunities at these sites, as well as encourage protection of the invaluable natural, cultural and historical landscapes they would encounter. Located in the heart of downtown Anchorage, the AAPLIC serves approximately 70,000 visitors annually with "one-stop shopping" for public lands information, trip-planning assistance, and resource education in cooperation with the following federal and state agencies: the Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Geological Survey.
Highly qualified volunteers will fulfill the following expectations:
Basic knowledge of Alaska public lands, history, and ANILCA, or a strong willingness to learn.
Excellent public speaking skills, including an engaging and charismatic presentation style.
Interest in researching and writing on a variety of natural and historical topics.
Exceptional customer service skills.
Professional, focused, and self-motivated work style.
Ability to staff a duty station or lead a walking tour for up to 2 hours at a time and tolerance of inclement weather.
Proficient in operation of basic office equipment and computer software.
Commitment to work at least 8 hours per week (as many as 40) for the full duration of the summer season (mid-May-mid-September).
Ability to pass a federal background check.
Willingness to wear the volunteer uniform as instructed.
Provide their own housing and transportation.
Note: No previous interpretive experience is required, however all interpretive volunteers will be required to participate in on-site seasonal training in May, complete free on-line interpretation classes, and participate in the coaching program.