• Conservation Education • Office/Clerical • Other • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
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Responsibilities: Hosts help visitors in a variety of ways. They share Refuge wildlife, recreation, and regulatory information with visitors. They staff the Refuge Visitor Center, greeting visitors, answering their questions, giving recommendations and directions, and delivering pop-up interpretive programs to interested guests. Hosts will also answer the phone and operate a blu-ray player and media system to play nature videos for visitors. Hosts work a five-day workweek with days off on weekdays. Shifts are 8 hours long, from 8:45 to 5:15, with a half hour for lunch. Visitor Center Hosts are often the only Refuge representatives that visitors interact with, so host hospitality is instrumental in giving Refuge visitors a positive experience.
Dates Needed: Mid-May to Labor Day each year.
Compensation: Hosts receive $150 per person per week for reimbursements of food, propane, generator gas, and personal vehicle mileage expenses.
What to Expect: The host hook-up sites are located just a short walk from the visitor center. The visitor center and seasonal housing area are located in the town of Soldotna, where there are grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations, and all the amenities expected of a small town. The nearby town of Kenai has similar amenities and a Walmart. Cell and satellite reception on the Kenai Peninsula can be spotty. It is important to come with the expectation that internet access is limited and, even when available, may be slower than average. There are DVD rental kiosks in town, and the library and some local businesses offer free wifi. Soldotna is 75 miles from Homer, the Homer spit and beautiful Kachemak Bay; 45 miles from the little mountain pass town of Cooper Landing and Chugach National Forest; 93 miles from world-famous Seward, AK, and Kenai Fjords National Park; and 150 miles, on one of the most scenic highways on earth, from Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city. Soldotna itself is in the heart of one of the most productive and popular salmon fisheries in the world, a dream destination for anglers of all ages and backgrounds.
Training: A visitor services ranger will provide training for host duties. A required seasonal orientation takes place in mid-May where hosts receive orientation to Refuge operations and a variety of safety training sessions including CPR, First Aid, and bear safety.
About the Visitor Center: Completed in 2015, the Kenai Refuge Visitor Center is a beautiful, state-of-the-art welcome center with an auditorium/media room, interactive exhibit hall, soapstone masonry heater, and a gift shop operated by the nonprofit Alaska Geographic. Guests and staff are greeted near the entrance by “Majesty of the Kenai”, a life-size bronze statue of a bull moose. During the summer, the Visitor Center is open 9-5 every day, with a typical day seeing several hundred visitors through the door.
There are just over three miles of forested trails behind the Visitor Center that snake down to Headquarters Lake, two historic cabins, and the Refuge Headquarters/administrative building is right next door.
Climate: May through early September temperatures range from low 30's (nights) to mid-80's F (days). Expect rainy weather off and on during summer months especially in late August and early September. Alaska enjoys abundant daylight during the summer months (dusk occurs between 11pm and 12am).
Wildlife and Plant life: In remote areas, bears, coyotes, wolves, and lynx are seen over the course of the summer. However, the woods around the housing area are also wilderness, and moose and bears have been spotted very close to where our hosts stay. Expect abundant mosquitoes especially in early June. Moose, eagles, red squirrels, snowshoe hares, ravens, loons, songbirds, and short tailed weasels are common throughout the Refuge. White spruce and birch forests are the dominant vegetation, with wild flowers at their peak in mid-June.
Refuge History: Kenai National Wildlife Refuge was founded as Kenai National Moose Range in 1941 after conservationists became concerned about the survival of Alaska’s huge moose. In 1980, the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) broadened the land’s purpose to include all the natural diversity of the Kenai Peninsula. Today the Refuge is 1.9 million acres and contains widely varied habitats and equally varied animal and plant life, with a mission of maintaining that diversity while opening the lands to people for hunting, fishing, photography, education, and recreation opportunities.
Our Expectations: We are looking for friendly, energetic couples that want to volunteer in Alaska and appreciate the importance of our public land heritage. It would be advantageous if hosts can provide their own reliable motor home or truck/trailer combo for housing and transportation. Hosts are responsible for setting up their own postal service through General Delivery in Soldotna, Sterling, or Kenai. A personal cell phone is recommended for private phone call needs. The Refuge supplies all other items needed for the position.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: Hosts will be provided, free of charge, a gravel or asphalt pad with full hook-ups for an RV or a trailer. One of the sewer hook-ups has an imperfect connection but past hosts have made it work; contact us with questions/concerns. The hook-up sites are located next to kitchen, bathroom, and laundry facilities used by seasonal employees, which is also available for host use. Please contact us if you do not intend to provide your own accommodations.
• Campground Host • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Visitor Information • General Assistance
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Thank you for your interest in the Campground Host program at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge!
We have a very busy summer season and seek friendly, excited and capable hosts to welcome our visitors to the campgrounds here on the Refuge. This is dry camping at its finest. Wildlife abounds and fishing opportunities are excellent in the nearby Kenai River. Our camp host sites are roomy and comfortable with access to potable water hand pumps and nearby dump station. There is no electricity and limited cell phone service in the area.
Job Responsibilities: Hosts help visitors in a variety of ways. They share Refuge wildlife, recreation, and regulatory information with visitors. They maintain campground facilities including cleaning restrooms, litter pick up, and facility maintenance. Hosts also sell firewood bundles. Hosts work a five-day work week with days off on weekdays (usually Tues./Weds.). Often, work day shifts are split with hosts working mornings and evenings when visitors are most frequently in the campgrounds. Host hospitality in refuge campgrounds leaves a lasting positive memory for Refuge visitors.
Dates Needed: Mid-May to Labor Day each year.
Compensation: Each host receives a reimbursement of approved subsistence expenses including food, propane, generator gas and laundry supplies up to $150 per week per person. Mileage is paid for one round trip each week to Soldotna for supplies.
Facilities Cared for by Hosts: The refuge has two fee campgrounds, Hidden Lake and Upper Skilak. These are the campgrounds our hosts manage. The rest of the campgrounds on Skilak Lake Road and along the highway are free to use.
Hidden Lake Campground - 43 pull-in campsites, 10 overflow selfcontained campsites; 6 outhouses facilities with 14 toilets total; 2 picnic shelters; a boat launch; 5 hand water pumps; a campfire amphitheater; an information/camper registration kiosk, a dump station, and 3 garbage dumpsters. Campsite cost for visitors is $10 per night for pull-in sites and overflow sites. Upper Skilak Campground – 10 walk-in tent sites, 15 pull-in campsites, 3 outhouse facilities with 8 toilets total, a boat launch, a day use area with fire pits and a pavilion, an information/camper information kiosk, two hand water pumps, and two garbage dumpsters. Pull-in campsites are $10 and walk-in tent sites are $5.
What to Expect: Hidden Lake and Upper Skilak Campgrounds are located adjacent to Skilak Lake Road, a 2-lane gravel road. This road forms a 19mile loop off the Sterling Highway, a modern asphalt paved highway. Soldotna is the largest town (population: 4,600) nearest the campgrounds and provides large grocery stores and a variety of retail stores. It contains a hospital, fire station, police station, and state trooper headquarters. There are restaurants, laundry services, shower facilities, banks, a post office, churches, a library, and movie theaters.
The smaller communities of Cooper Landing (east of the Refuge) and Sterling (west of the Refuge en route to Soldotna) provide the following services - post office, gas station, towing, restaurants, motels, churches, laundry, and showers.
Like many Alaskan campgrounds, Hidden Lake and Upper Skilak have no running water or electrical hookups. There are hand pumps for potable water. Potable water can also be obtained in Cooper Landing, Sterling, and Soldotna. Hidden Lake Campground has a dump station in the campground. The dump station for Upper Skilak is a few miles down Skilak Lake Rd.
Hosts are supported by field rangers, law enforcement officers, maintenance workers, and contracted dumpster and toilet pumping services. Hosts are assigned a hand-held communications radio and satellite phone to use for Refuge business and communications. Hosts are supplied with all the necessary supplies and equipment to maintain their assigned campground.
Training: A visitor services ranger will provide training for host campground duties. A required seasonal orientation takes place in midMay where hosts receive orientation to Refuge operations and a variety of safety training sessions including CPR/First Aid and Bear Safety.
Climate: May through early September temperatures range from low 30's (nights) to mid-80's F (days). Expect rainy weather off and on during summer months especially in late August and early September.
Bears: Both black and brown bears travel through the refuge campgrounds. Bear proof dumpsters are provided for garbage. Hosts and rangers must work continuously to educate visitors regarding clean camping practices to prevent curious bears from becoming problem bears.
Natural History: Hidden Lake and Skilak Lake were glacially carved. Dramatic mountains and cliffs surround these beautiful lakes. Both lakes experience high winds (usually in the late afternoon). White spruce and birch forests are the dominant vegetation with wild flowers at their peak in mid-June. Expect abundant mosquitoes especially in early June. Moose, eagles, red squirrels, snowshoe hares, ravens, loons, songbirds, and short tailed weasels are common campground visitors. Bears, coyotes, wolves, and lynx are seen over the course of the summer.
Our Expectations: We are looking for friendly, energetic couples that want to volunteer in Alaska and appreciate the importance of our public land heritage. Hosts need to be able to provide their own reliable motor home or truck/trailer combo for housing and transportation. Hosts need to provide their own generator or solar panels for electrical needs. Hosts are responsible for setting up their own postal service through General Delivery in Soldotna, Sterling, or Cooper Landing. A personal cell phone is recommended for private phone call needs. The Refuge supplies all other items needed for the position.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Camp Sites Description: The Refuge provides a free campsite for hosts in a designated location within the campgrounds. All campgrounds in Kenai NWR are dry camping only. Dump stations are located nearby. A propane generator and a system to stock up on potable water is recommended.
Winter Volunteer - As needed throughout the winter
Volunteer working in the Recreation program provides critical seasonal (winter) help, assist with snow removel, site care (trash and restroom upkeep), Snow survey, monitor recreation sites and special use venders.
It is located15 miles east of Fairbanks, Alaska. Park Host will have duties with visitor assistance, landscaping, litter pickup, mowing and maintenance of bulletin boards. Duties include assisting visitors by providing park/recreation information and distributing Title 36, park maps, and other informational handouts. The volunteers will assist the Ranger staff with a wide variety of other duties throughout the season, although small changes are made based on when the thaw comes to interior Alaska. (Updated 09/30/2019)
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: Volunteers are provided a full service campsite, including electric hook-up, water, and sewer in return for providing 24-30 hours a week of volunteer service.
• Conservation Education • Other • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife • Science • Back Country/Wilderness
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Environmental Education Assistant
Alaska Peninsula and Becharof National Wildlife Refuges
King Salmon, Alaska
One individual volunteer Environmental Education Assistant, with duties focused on outreach and environmental education, is needed beginning in November 2019 and running through March 2020 at Alaska Peninsula and Becharof National Wildlife Refuges in King Salmon, Alaska. Flexible ending and start dates. Benefits include roundtrip airfare from a major US airport, housing, and some food expenditure (we provide food while traveling in the field and you are eligible for reimbursement pending receipts for up to $35 a day while in King Salmon) in exchange for volunteering for refuge activities. This is not a paid position.
The Alaska Peninsula and Becharof National Wildlife Refuges’ lands extend some 350 miles from King Salmon to Cold Bay. Massive volcanoes topped with glaciers dominate the Aleutian Mountain Range that forms the spine of the Refuges. These mountains offset the rocky Pacific shoreline from the flat rolling tundra of Bristol Bay. These two refuges protect an incredible amount of wildlife, including five species of salmon, brown bears, moose, caribou, and birds. For more information, please visit https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Becharof/wildlife_and_habitat/index.html.
King Salmon is a remote Alaskan village that is a part of Bristol Bay Borough. Known for its immense sockeye salmon run, the population combined with its neighboring village Naknek is around 800. King salmon is located off the road system and is only accessible by plane.
Assist in developing high quality educational programs for a variety of audiences.
Deliver educational programs to various audiences, including (and in particular) traveling to remote village schools.
Assist in assembling educational kits, including writing curricula.
Help as needed with other visitor services projects, such as staffing the King Salmon Visitor Center and helping with local events.
Assist in developing content and engaging in social media.
-Ability to adapt to new situations and have flexibility.
-Able to work with minimal supervision and in a group.
-Able to work with public and USFWS staff and volunteers of all ages in a professional manner.
-Valid driver’s license.
-Enthusiasm to connect with nature and to inspire others to connect as well.
-Ability to speak publicly or willing to learn.
-Comfortable living and working in a remote setting and flying in small fixed wing aircraft.
HOW TO APPLY:
Please send a letter of interest, resume, and names and contact information of three references by October 23rd, 2019 to Sara Wolman, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please call 907-246-1231 with any questions.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Bunk House Description: Refuge housing is provided free of charge in a bunkhouse.
• Computers • Conservation Education • Office/Clerical • Other • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Science • General Assistance
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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 James Fess, Community Volunteer Ambassador, for specific details: email@example.com
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. Clothing items should be clean, well fitted, in good repair, wrinkle free, and appropriate to the job task. Shoes should be brown or black and must be close toed. The volunteer will not wear the NPS arrowhead or any clothing that mimics the appearance of the official green and gray park ranger uniform. The volunteer will maintain a neat and professional appearance and will follow NPS park ranger protocols with regard to hair, makeup, accessories and hygiene standards (see Reference Manual 43- Personal Appearance Standards). Questions regarding appropriate clothing and appearance should be addressed with the volunteer’s immediate supervisor.
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.
• 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.