• Conservation Education • Visitor Information
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One individual volunteer Environmental Education Assistant, with duties focused on outreach and environmental education, is needed beginning in August 2020 and running through December 2020 at Alaska Peninsula and Becharof National Wildlife Refuges in King Salmon, Alaska. Start and end dates are flexible. Benefits include roundtrip airfare from a major US airport, housing, some food expenditure, and incidentals. (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 /wiIdIife _and_ habitat/index.htmI.
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.
Driving a government vehicle.
Deliver educational programs to various audiences, including (and in particular) traveling to remote village schools.
Assist in assembling educational kits, including writing curricula and creating exhibits.
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.
- Ability to deal with winter weather in remote Alaskan locations.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Bunk House Description: A fully furnished bunkhouse is available.
The Sitka Ranger District of the Tongass National Forest is seeking a motivated campground host who enjoys being outdoors and interacting with people.
Host(s) must provide their own travel trailer or RV.
The recently reconstructed Sawmill Creek Campground is located 7 miles SE of downtown Sitka, Alaska. This is a small facility located in a beautiful setting along Sawmill Creek near the end of the Blue Lake Road. There are 4 campsites, a day-use shelter, a restroom and a trailhead within the campground. Less than a half mile beyond the campground lies Blue Lake, a reservoir, which provides hydroelectric power to the community of Sitka in addition to providing the community’s water supply. Blue Lake is backed up behind a 225ft tall concrete arch dam. To sustain downstream aquatic resources, a minimum flow of water is diverted from the lake and released into Sawmill Creek adjacent to the campground creating the ever-present sound of rushing water heard throughout the campground (https://www.kcaw.org/2013/09/05/blue-lake-hydro-nothing-small-in-sitkas-biggest-project/).
Hosts represent the “eyes and ears” of the Forest Service and should be visible to the public and courteous in conveying the recreation facility rules as necessary. Hosts are expected to set a good example by role modeling a clean and uncluttered living site.
Applicants should be in good health and physical condition (repeated bending and lifting is required). Duties include picking up litter in and around campsites, along roadways, pathways and in parking lot; cleaning campsites, fire rings and restroom to a required standard; providing light maintenance i.e. brushing, pruning and pulling vegetation, etc.; monitoring use of trails, trailheads, campsites (involves keeping mandatory handwritten records); dispensing split firewood for campers; keeping information current on information board and providing information to visitors as needed; contacting law enforcement and reporting problems to supervisor as needed; other necessary duties as assigned. All necessary tools, supplies, and safety equipment will be provided by the Forest Service, along with appropriate training.
The volunteer service period runs from about May 20 through about September 6. There will be ample time allowed each week for personal business such as grocery shopping and laundry. Applicants may be subject to a possible background check as hosts handle sensitive information and have access to the police frequency on Forest Service issued radio.
Accessing Sitka with a vehicle is possible via the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS). Ferry schedules are posted at http://www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/index.html. Out of town hosts will be eligible for reimbursement for round-trip ferry travel between Sitka and AMHS ports with a road system connection including Haines and Skagway, AK, Bellingham, WA and Prince Rupert, BC. Reimbursement covers vehicle, passenger and cabin fare for sailings.
Host(s) will be eligible for a nominal daily subsistence reimbursement $15/day. In addition, reimbursement is available for privately-owned vehicle (POV) use for weekly trips to Sitka for services and if POV is used to carry out official government duties described above. All reimbursements are made through direct deposit. Host(s) must commit to serve in Sitka for the specified dates above to qualify for certain reimbursements.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: Volunteer is expected to provide own travel trailer or RV. There are no sewer or water hookups. Host must empty greywater and blackwater holding tanks at the Sitka treatment plant RV dump station approximately 8 miles from the campground. There is no cost to use the dump station and volunteer will be reimbursed for use of POV as described above. Electrical service is provided (no charge) and host will be reimbursed for propane usage.
Cell phone and internet coverage is not available in the campground vicinity. A Forest Service radio will be provided for communication.
• 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 • Office/Clerical • Other • Visitor Information
Come and join a dynamic team of professionals who help raise money for Alaska’s National Parks. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to work and explore one of the last great wild places while also working in a fun, positive, environment. Volunteers will work side by side with Alaska Geographic (National Park Service cooperating Association) and National Park rangers to deliver interptretive products and promote Alaska's public lands.
Assist park staff with special events and programs.
Provide exceptional customer service both internally (other AK Geo staff) and externally (Partners and Visitor Center customers).
Organize inventory for any/all storage areas dedicated to sales products.
Support Alaska Geographic Membership/Donation goals by promoting program benefits to customers and answering questions and working with Alaska Geographic Membership/Donation staff as appropriate.
Ability to lift heavy boxes and place them on shelving.
Work schedule is expected to be about 24 hrs/week. No stipend is available. Volunteers with 250 service hours with federal agencies qualify for the federal Volunteer pass allowing free entrance to public lands.
Denali National Park and Preserve is looking for a motivated volunteer who works well independently, is organized and communicates well with others.
The project is to create and update Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for the Maintenance/Facilities Division and Safety Committee.
A safety data sheet, or SDS, is a standardized document that contains occupational safety and health data. The International Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) mandates that chemical manufacturers must communicate a chemical’s hazard information to chemical handlers by providing a Safety Data Sheet. SDS's typically contain chemical properties, health and environmental hazards, protective measures, as well as safety precautions for storing, handling, and transporting chemicals.
Employers must ensure that employees have access to safety data sheets for all of the hazardous chemicals they handle. Employers may fulfill this requirement in a variety of ways. For example, SDS binders are quite common as are computer-based SDS databases. What’s important is that employees have access to the safety data sheets for all of the chemicals that they are using. If the employer does not have an SDS for one of these chemicals they should contact the manufacturer to obtain the current version of the SDS for that chemical. In this sense, the online SDS databases have a clear advantage over binder-based systems since the database vendor usually takes care of indexing and updating the safety data sheets.
The bulk of the volunteer's duties will be administrative and custodial.
Duties will include: Follow safety protocols. The volunteer must follow all safety procedures and report safety violations or concerns to his/her supervisor immediately.
Project duties. The volunteer will:
Inventory all chemical assets throughout Denali National Park and Preserve
S/he will update electronic inventory sheets
Update and convert current MSDS libraries to the new SDS system.
Administration. The volunteer will require network access as well as unsupervised access to federal spaces and buildings, therefore, the volunteer will be required to submit to and successfully adjudicate a background investigation.
Transportation. The volunteer will be required to operate a government-owned vehicle.
Cooperative stewardship. The volunteer will work with park staff, including other volunteers, to maintain stewardship of the park.
Position Requirements: Time Commitment. The volunteer is expected to work 30 hours per week. Season late May through late-September.
Driving. The volunteer is required to drive a government vehicle and, therefore, must possess a current valid state driver’s license.
Uniform. This is a uniformed position. The volunteer will be provided with uniform items and s/he will wear them, on duty, in accordance with park volunteer uniform standards.
Caretaker should be certified in basic First Aid and CPR. The park will coordinate and pay for this training during the season if the applicant is not currently certified. Volunteers with current certification cards may provide copies of the card(s) to his/her supervisor in lieu of training.
Self-Motivated. This position requires the volunteer to work independently. There may be opportunities for the volunteer to work on projects and cross-train with other work teams.
Reimbursement: If funds are available, the volunteer may be reimbursed for some expenses related to travel to and from the park at the beginning and end of the season. All reimbursements are made through direct deposit, therefore, the volunteer must have an account into which funds may be deposited.
For more information contact Dave Lundgren at 907-683-9579 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Cabins Description: Housing is located in C-Camp, the seasonal housing area. C-Camp cabins generally have two bedrooms, a shared living area, and a cold water kitchen (however, water to the cabins is turned off in the winter). C-Camp residents share a cabin with one other person. All efforts are made to place same gender residents in each cabin, but it is not always feasible. Restrooms, showers, laundry and dish washing facilities are located in the common shower house. C-Camp is located at approximately mile three on the Denali Park Road, near park headquarters. Three Bears grocery store is located in Healy, AK, approximately 11 miles north of the park entrance road. The closest urban area is Fairbanks, AK, approximately 120 miles north.
• Fish/Wildlife • Science • Back Country/Wilderness
**There are currently no available positions. This opportunity will be used to recruit as vacancies become available and will be updated**
This position may be located in Yukon Charley Rivers National Preserve, Gates of the Arctic National Park or the Western Arctic parklands group. The wildlife assistant will be mentored by biologists and wildlife technicians to assist on wildlife research and monitoring projects in a variety of National Parks in Alaska. The wildlife assistant will learn about wildlife safety, data collection techniques, wildlife field work, and backcountry camping while assisting in the field.
Attend required training, including bear and wildlife safety, Leave no trace camping, safety communications and other trainings as needed.
Assist with preparing for field work, including preparation of field gear, camping equipment, planning menus, shopping for food and other duties as assigned
Assist scientists with wildlife data collection and field work
Ability to collect meticulous data and follow directions
Ability to backpack carrying 40 lbs over challenging terrain
Ability to camp in the backcountry for up to weeks at a time in potentially inclement weather in bear country
Ability to travel in small planes, boats, all-terrain vehicles or on foot as needed to access field sites
Work schedule may vary by field project but is expected to be 7-10 days per project with 8-12 hour days.
No stipend is available but all expenses (food, travel) are paid. Volunteers with 250 service hours with federal agencies qualify for the federal Volunteer pass allowing free entrance to public lands.
• Campground Host • Construction/Maintenance • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Natural Resources Planning • General Assistance • Weed/Invasive Species Control
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.
• 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.