The Chena Flood Control Project is located approximately 15 miles east of Fairbanks, AK. Each Volunteer Host will be responsible for maintenance, mowing, visitor assistance and litter pickup of their host campsite. The Volunteer Hosts will assist the Volunteer Coordinator in a wide variety of other duties related to the operation of a 20,000 acre flood control project including by not limited to construction, maintenance, & interpretation. Work environment is mostly outdoors, working independently and with Chena Flood Control Project Staff. Preferred candidates will have a wide range of skills and enjoy a hard day’s work. Candidates must be willing and able to work within a team setting.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: Hosts are provided a full service campsite including electric, water, and sewer in return for providing 30 hours a week of volunteer service.
• Computers • Conservation Education • Office/Clerical • Other • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Science • General Assistance
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Fur Rondy: Saturday, February 29th
National Park Week: Tuesday - Friday, April 21st - 24th
National Trails Day: Saturday, June 6th
National Public Lands Day: Saturday, September 26th
Purpose of Position: The mission of the Alaska Public Lands Information Center is to support the appropriate use and enjoyment of Alaska’s public lands and resources through “one-stop shopping” for public lands information, trip-planning assistance, and resource education. This requires the center be open to the public for visitor services during standard business hours, as well as offer interpretive programming at the center throughout the summer season (May-September), resulting in a need for program coverage beyond current staffing levels. Volunteers are a critical asset in fulfilling the NPS agency mission, as well as the APLIC mission, with regard to public education, information and interpretive services. Volunteers will report to and work with the Community Volunteer Ambassador, James Fess, to create new and expand on existing volunteerism opportunities in the Anchorage area. Contact Michelle Harris, Community Volunteer Ambassador, for specific details: 907-644-3671.
Responsibilities: As a member of the visitor services team, the volunteer will staff the visitor center desk, with duties to include answering visitor questions, offering trip planning assistance, making movie announcements, assisting with bookstore sales, restocking brochures, answering the center’s information line, and maintaining a general level of cleanliness and organization within the visitor center. In addition, volunteers will provide informal interpretation while roving, staffing touch tables and informational carts, and participating in special events.
In addition to assisting with interpretive programming, the volunteer will be expected to cooperate with other divisions or teams such as Administration, Education, and Interpretation. Volunteers may develop and provide formal interpretive programs such as a historical walking tour through downtown Anchorage and/or a 45 minute illustrated program to be given in the center’s theater. Volunteers may also be asked to participate in educational programming such as signing out and stocking education kits, and assisting with field trips and classroom visits. Administrative tasks may include general office activities such as filing and mail delivery, inventory of brochures, maps and newspapers, inventory of first aid kits and safety supplies, supply room organization and other duties as assigned.
The volunteer will be provided with self-directed learning resources and is expected to maintain a working knowledge of NPS policies and procedures, Alaska natural and cultural history, Alaska public lands, the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA), and other information pertinent to the site’s mission, as well as the needs of the public, including both visitors and residents of the local community.
Qualifications: The volunteer will need to have exceptional customer service skills. Some experience with public speaking is expected, though no formal interpretive experience is required. The volunteer will have solid research, writing and communication skills. The volunteer will have general knowledge of Alaska and the many different public land agencies and conservation units therein, or a willingness to learn about this topic. Some experience with camping, hiking and recreating on public lands, in addition to transportation route within Alaska, such as the road system, railroad, and marine highway is expected. Proficiency in the operation of basic office equipment and computer software is required.
*There is no requirement for first aid or emergency first responder certifications.
Eligibility: The volunteer will meet basic National Park Service (NPS) volunteer qualifications, complete an NPS volunteer application, volunteer agreement, and position description form. In order to use government computers and facilities with minimal supervision, the volunteer must pass a full background check, as well as an NPS Special Agreement Check (SAC) and/or a TIER 1 check.
Schedule and Length of Service: A work schedule and length of service will be agreed upon by both the volunteer and the volunteer’s immediate supervisor. The Volunteer will contact their direct supervisor in order to call in sick, change their hours, or if they are going to be late. The volunteer’s supervisor, the Volunteer Coordinator and the Chief of Interpretation have the right to discontinue the volunteer’s service at their discretion at any time.
Physical Duties andSafety: The volunteer will be trained in all safety related standard operating procedures (SOPs) and is expected to engage in safe practices when performing all duties. Physical duties may include staffing the visitor center desk or outdoor kiosks for long periods of time, leading walking tours in inclement weather, and lifting of boxes and/or educational kits. The volunteer will use personal protective equipment (PPE) during any/all work activities for which it is required. The volunteer will be trained in and be expected to use the National Park Service standards for Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) and Green, Amber, Red (GAR) models associated with any work site/location. The volunteer may be required to attend Operational Leadership (OL) training.
Uniform Requirements: The volunteer will be required to wear a vest, shirt or coat and a hat, each with the official NPS VIP patch, and a nametag (all provided by the center) when working with the public. The volunteer will supply their own brown, khaki or black pants and white or black shirt. Leggings, sweatpants or other athletic/leisure styles are not acceptable. Shoes should be brown or black and must be close toed.
Benefits: Reimbursement for out of pocket expenses such as mileage and parking will be provided. The volunteer will be responsible for any other costs and or arrangements necessary to get to the AAPLIC visitor center in Anchorage. Volunteer will be issued a water bottle or other similar VIP appreciation item upon initiation of service. Volunteer will be eligible to earn a VIP annual pass (with 250 hours of service), as well as a variety of VIP recognition items.
• Conservation Education • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information
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This position is a shared effort between Kenai Fjords National Park (KFNP) and the Alaska SeaLife Center. The internship is administered by he Alaska SeaLife Center. Site-specific training will be conducted separately by each organization. For the purposes of the National Park Service, this position is recognized as a volunteer park guide in interpretation. The fundamental objectives of the activities performed in KFNP position are resource education, resource protection, and public use management. Under the guidance of the National Park Service and interpretation staff, the intern will be trained and expected to perform the following duties:
Interpret all of the Alaska SeaLife Center’s static and live animal exhibits housing marine mammals, birds, fish, and invertebrates. Help maintain the physical appearance of manned exhibits and deliver announcements over the public address system.
Present briefings, lectures, presentations, multi-media shows, structured and impromptu talks, and guided tours by learning to employ appropriate interpretive techniques and devices geared to the characteristics and interest of particular audiences.
Create props and supplies for educational programs and assist with special events.
Assist an NPS park ranger aboard a partner tour boat as the ranger conducts an interpretive program for the duration of a 5-hour ocean tour. Assist the ranger by demonstrating learned informal interpretive skills about marine wildlife, ecosystems, and environment in support of the ranger’s overall program and theme. Tour boats are subject to rain, cold, long periods of standing, and motion sickness.
Deliver the NPS Junior Ranger program on the partner tour boat. Present multiple demonstrations for the children of passengers, focusing on hands-on and interactive lessons about marine wildlife, ecosystems, and the environment.
Present daily demonstrations, talks, walks and/or tours to the public for both the ASLC and NPS relevant to the current research projects conducted at the Alaska SeaLife Center and in the Kenai Fjords National Park.
Please include the following as an attachment to your online application; 1-page cover letter, resume and at least 1 reference.
This is an education position located within the division of interpretation and education at the Alaska Public Lands Information Center. The position is located in Anchorage, Alaska. Although considered a volunteer assignment, the intern will work alongside salaried seasonal and permanent educators and have similar duties and performance requirements.
College level academic background in natural science or education preferred, but not necessary
Public speaking and writing skills
Valid driver's license
Dates of Service: This is a 16-week position requiring weekend work. The workweek consists of 5 days (40 hours) with 2 consecutive days off. The spring environmental education position will begin January 2020. Applicants must be available for the entire internship during the FY 2020 season.
Duties and Responsibilities: The intern will spend considerable time learning about the resource and preparing education programs. Spring interns will participate in a two week long training program beginning Monday, May 11-15. Participants will take part in a busy education programming, as well as preparation of selected weekend programs and activities presented for the public. Interns must be willing to work with students in all grades Pre-K through high school and use a variety of educational techniques including puppetry, poetry and singing. Many programs are conducted outside, even if the weather is cold.
Each intern will learn the basics of biology and boreal ecology and, in turn, provide interpretation of this knowledge to school students and visitors through regularly scheduled forest, ecology, and various walks.
Housing, Uniforms, and Stipend: Alaska Public Lands Information Center does not provide housing.
Work Environment: Anchorage, Alaska can be windy and cold in the spring and hot and humid in the summer. Biting flies, mosquitoes and ticks are a natural part of the resource experience. The intern can expect to exert a physical effort in outdoor programs.
To apply, submit the following:
A cover letter or formal email stating your reason for interest in the position.
Resume (including at least 2 references)
Grade transcript (does not need to be official)
E-mail information to Glenn_Hart@nps.gov or mail to Education Specialist, Alaska Public Lands Information Center, 605 W. 4th Ave. Anchorage, AK 99501
Position will remain open until the appropriate candidate is found.
• Computers • Other • Science • General Assistance
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Volunteers collect structures data for The National Map using our online mapping application. Structures include schools, hospitals, post offices, police stations, cemeteries, and other important public buildings. Volunteers check the location of existing structure points against aerial imagery to verify that it is on the correct building, and confirm that the name and address information are correct using authoritative sources (e.g. official school district website). Volunteers also add missing structure points to the map, and remove points for structures that no longer exist. By updating and verifying structures data across all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, volunteers are making significant contributions to USGS National Structures Database, The National Map, and ultimately U.S. Topo Maps!
If you have access to the Internet and are willing to dedicate some time editing map data we hope you will consider participating! You do not need to live in any particular area to participate. Our editing guidelines explain how you can contribute data from anywhere.
Volunteers earn virtual badges for participating and are recognized for their contributions (with permission) via USGS and The National Map social media.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: This volunteer activity is done from your home or anywhere with Internet access.