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2024 SCA Alaska Job Openings Info Session
Join us for a virtual information session via Zoom to learn more about the Student Conservation Association’s exciting opportunities that await you in Alaska.

Date: Feb. 29, 2024 at 6 p.m. AKST
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In Alaska, the SCA is working to ensure Alaska Native youth remain connected with their natural resources, culture and heritage by forging youth-focused networks of government agencies, Alaska Native corporations and local organizations.

With more than 325 million acres of public land – more than half of the nation’s wilderness – small populations and vast geographical spaces, collaboration with complementary organizations and programs is critical to creating meaningful opportunities for SCA members.

In recent years, this collaborative effort has achieved a four-fold increase in the number of Alaskan Native teens participating in habitat protection, trail construction, and historic restoration. With their new-found skills and experience, many program participants go on to work in conservation careers, including with our agency partners particularly eager to bring on diverse, young employees reflective of the community at large.

Current Opportunities

Field Leader – Alaska Trail Corps (Anchorage)
This position will supervise a young adult crew working on conservation projects at Denali National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, Ketchikan, Cordova, Lake Clark National Park, Chugach State Park and several other locations. Specific projects may include creating/maintaining trail tread, cutting/removing brush from the trail corridor, installing permanent features such as puncheons or boardwalks, improving access to recreation areas and maintaining walkways for portages. Expected dates: April 15 – 26, 2024 (training), May 20 – Aug. 23, 2024 (program). Pay: $800/wk, $1,170 travel stipend.

Field Leader – Alaska Female Fire Corps (Anchorage)
This position will supervise a young adult crew at multiple national parks to complete training, fuels reduction work and a fire assignment. Locations will likely include Denali National Park, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Katmai National Park. Expected dates: April 29 – May 20, 2024 (training), May 20 – Aug. 23, 2024 (program). Pay: $800/wk, $1,170 travel stipend.

Trail Crew Member (Kodiak)
This position offers an exciting opportunity to assist with a remote trail improvement project in the Saltery Cove area of Kodiak Island. Interns will work alongside a high-performing professional trail crew, engaging in conservation work that includes trail assessment, surveying, construction and maintenance. Expected dates: April 15 – May 24, 2024. Pay: $160/wk living allowance, $1,300 travel stipend.

Fisheries Management Intern (Kenai)
This position will help with a project to suppress invasive northern pike (Esox lucius) populations in Shell, Hewitt, and Whiskey lakes and the Hewitt-Whiskey Creek outlet, as well as assess the Sockeye salmon population using Shell Lake. Expected dates: May 13 – Sept. 1, 2024. Pay: $1,300 travel allowance, $160/wk living allowance.

Trail Bridges Survey and Assessment Placement (Juneau)
This position will conduct trail bridge condition surveys on National Forest system trails within the Juneau Ranger District of the Tongass National Forest. Expected dates: April 29 – Aug. 16, 2024. Pay: $1,500 travel allowance, $425/wk living allowance, $700/month housing stipend, $200 PPE allowance.

Invasive Plant Management Intern (Seward)
This position will assist biologists and natural resources managers by conducting non-native invasive plant monitoring and control and by performing invasive plant control (hand pulling) at Kenai Fjords National Park. The intern will also be responsible for performing data entry and data analysis while conducting GPS mapping, GIS data management and map production. Expected dates: May 13 – Aug. 30, 2024. Pay: $1,300 travel allowance, $350/wk living allowance.

Recreation Technician Placement (Sitka)
This position will be a member of a  trails and cabin maintenance team assisting with the maintenance and repair of system trails and recreation cabins to improve and promote recreational access to National Forest System lands. Expected dates: May 20 – Sept. 22, 2024. Pay: $1,500 travel allowance, $425/wk living allowance, $150 gear allowance, $350/month housing stipend.

Youth Conservation Crew Assistant (Copper Center)
The position will assist the Youth Conservation Crew Coordinator in the management of interns based in Copper Center, Alaska, a small, rural community located approximately 200 miles east of Anchorage. Expected dates: May 5 – Aug. 24, 2024. Pay: $600/wk living allowance, $1,300 travel allowance, $300/month housing stipend.

Invasive Plant Management Intern (King Salmon)
This position will work alongside National Park Service biologists and natural resource managers with invasive plant management, conduct regular invasive plant surveys and perform invasive plant control. Expected dates: May 6 – Sept. 22, 2024. Pay: $1,500 travel allowance, $350 living allowance, $1,500 training travel.

Park Guide Intern (Fairbanks)
This position will join the Interpretation team at the Fairbanks Alaska Public Lands Information Center in Fairbanks, Alaska, working alongside National Park Service rangers with visitors on their “trip of a lifetime” to interior Alaska. Interns will hone public speaking and communication skills by providing orientation and safety information at the visitor center and contributing to the park’s social media outreach program. Expected dates: May 12 – Sept. 28, 204. Pay: $1,350 travel allowance, $300/wk living allowance, $1,100 monthly housing allowance.

Recreation Technician (Yakutat)
This position will work within the Yakutat Ranger District, assisting with recreation sites, cabins, trails and airstrip maintenance. A portion of this intern’s time will also include assisting with educational activities such as the Yakutat Tern Festival, Family Fishing Day Summer Explorers Program and more. Expected dates: April 22 – Oct. 6, 2024. Pay: $1,500 travel allowance, $425/wk living allowance, $400 PPE allowance.

Education and Media Intern (Seward)
This position will work with the National Park Service’s Ocean Alaska Science and Learning Center on creating and providing educational programming for local student audiences. Expected dates: May 15 – Aug. 7, 2024. Pay: $1,500 travel allowance, $350/wk living allowance, $2,000 duty travel allowance.

Backcountry River Intern (Fairbanks)
This position will assist with compliance inspections along Forty Mile Wild and Scenic River. The intern will be paired with a seasonal park ranger and a full-time employee,  take trip notes and document campsites with a digital camera. Trips will be by Raft, Inflatable Canoes, or Motorboat. Expected dates: May 6 – Aug. 23, 2024. Pay: $1,500 travel allowance, $600/wk living allowance, $1,500 duty expenses.

Visitor Services & Outreach Intern (Homer)
This position will assist with presenting educational and interpretive programs, staffing the visitor center providing information about the area, and contributing to the social media page for Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. Expected dates: May 20 – Aug. 18, 2024 Pay: $350/wk living allowance, $1,300 travel stipend.

Visitor Use Monitoring Placement (Thorne Bay)
The position will support the National Visitor Use Monitoring program by conducting various surveys and performing basic trail and campground maintenance. Expected dates: April 15 – Sept. 29, 2024. Pay: $1,500 travel allowance, $425/wk living allowance.

Visitor Services Intern (Coldfoot)
This position will assist with front desk operations representing Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve located at the Arctic Interagency Visitor Center. Expected dates: May 12 – Aug. 31, 2024. Pay: $1,500 travel allowance, $300/wk living allowance.

Interpretation Ranger Participant (Ketchikan)
This position will be based at the Tongass National Forest’s Southeast Alaska Discovery Center and will assist staff with day-to-day operations of the Discovery Center, including checking admission tickets, presenting interpretive programs on a variety of Southeast Alaska topics, answering visitor questions, providing conservation education programs to youth, operating audio-visual equipment, and assisting with center maintenance, cleaning and special events as necessary. Expected dates: May 6 – Aug. 25, 2024. Pay: $1,500 travel allowance, $425/wk living allowance.

Biological Technician Participant (Juneau)
This position will work with U.S. Forest Service biologists conducting a range of wildlife and fisheries projects. For the first half of the season, the intern will assist with the Alaska Landbird Monitoring Survey in remote sites around the Tongass National Forest. The intern will also take primary responsibility for a video weir project monitoring salmon escapement in a recent stream restoration project. Expected dates: April 22 – Sept. 29, 2024. Pay: $1,500 travel allowance. $425/wk living allowance, $500 PPE expenses.

Recreation Technician Intern Placement (Yakutat)
This position will assist with recreation sites, cabins, trails and airstrip maintenance at the Yakutat Ranger District. Expected dates: April 22 – Oct. 6, 22024. Pay: $1,500 travel allowance, $425/wk living allowance, $400 PPE allowance.

Summer Sled Dog Kennels Intern (Healy)
The position will play a crucial role in the care and maintenance of 30 Alaskan Husky sled dogs at the Sled Dog Kennels at Denali National Park and Preserve. This unique opportunity allows interns to work in the only sled dog kennel within the entire National Park system, housed in the oldest historic building in Denali, still used for its original purpose. Expected dates: May 5 – Sept. 7, 2024. Pay: $1,300 travel allowance, $450/wk living allowance.

Wilderness Ranger Intern (Petersburg)
This position will serve for 13 weeks alongside other SCA interns. Interns will assist with field and office work specifically related to federally designated wilderness areas. The crew will assist with wilderness monitoring and wilderness trail work, update wilderness records in the office, and may assist the wilderness kayak ranger for up to 10 days in the field to collect data and also assist with other duties associated with the Petersburg Ranger District Recreation program. Expected dates: May 14 – Aug. 11, 2024. Pay: $1,500 living allowance, $425/wk living allowance.

Environmental Education Intern (Seward)
This position entails working with several education staff to introduce Alaskan school students to the Kenai Fjords National Park. Expected dates: May 13 – Sept. 27, 2024. Pay: $1,300 travel allowance. $350/wk living allowance.

Alaska Female Fire Team (Anchorage)
The Alaska Female Fire Team Member will be part of a cohesive team that lives and works together for the duration of the program. This program emphasizes community building and the development of interpersonal skills. The team will work on service projects with the National Park Service, primarily focusing on fuels reduction work, which includes cutting and bucking dead trees. There may also be opportunities for deployment on live fires with federal fire teams. Expected dates: May 18 – Aug. 24, 2024. Pay: $1,100 travel allowance, $300/wk living allowance.

Alaska Corps Team 2024 – Crew Member (Anchorage)
Members of the crew will spend three months on service projects with various federal, state and local agencies across Alaska. Service projects will include trail work projects such as construction of new trail using hand tools, maintenance of current trails including drainages, boardwalks or brushing or fuels reduction work (felling and bucking dead trees). Expected dates: May 18 – Aug. 24, 2024. Pay: $1,100 travel allowance, $300/wk living allowance.

Visitor Use Monitoring Placement (Ketchikan)
The position will support the National Visitor Use Monitoring program by conducting various surveys and performing basic trail and campground maintenance. Expected dates: April 15 – Sept. 29, 2024. Pay: $1,500 travel allowance, $425/wk living allowance.

Interpretation Ranger (Juneau)
This position will develop and present short formal interpretive programs to educate visitors about the Mendenhall Glacier, wildlife, geology and other related topics. Expected dates: April 8 – Sept. 29, 2024. Pay: $1,300 travel allowance, $425/wk living allowance, $600/month housing allowance.

Cultural Resource Preservation (Anchorage)
This position will focus on cultural resource preservation and compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act. The intern will have the opportunity to work on projects related to the Iditarod National Historic Trail (INHT) and the Carter Spit Area of Critical Environmental Concern. Expected dates: April 1 – Sept. 29, 2024. Pay: $1,500 travel allowance, $600/wk living allowance.

Education Intern – Salmon Camp Director (Kodiak)
This position will act as the lead for the Kodiak Refuge summer science and salmon camp program or Salmon Camp and support a number of other environmental education programs at the Refuge, such as the Youth Conservation Corp program and special events such as World Migratory Bird Day and Kodiak Crab Festival, as well as outreach at the Visitor Center. Expected dates: April 22 – Aug. 24, 2024. Pay: $1,300 travel allowance, $400/wk living allowance.

Fish and Wildlife Intern (Yakutat)
This position will work with the District fisheries and wildlife program. It is an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the day-to-day tasks that occupy a biologist. Work will include activities such as environmental education and public outreach with both children and adults, data entry, field data collection and report writing. Applicants must be comfortable working in brown bear country and in inclement weather (cold and rain). Expected dates: April 29 – Oct. 20, 2024. Pay: $1,500 travel allowance, $425/wk living allowance, $400 PPE stipend.

Distance Learning Program Intern (Nome)
This position provides an opportunity to learn about distance learning throughout the National Park Service, collaborate with NPS educators and contribute to the long-term growth of the Education Program at Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, headquartered in Nome, Alaska. Expected dates: April 1 – Oct. 6, 2024. Pay: $1,399 travel allowance, $600/wk living allowance.

Key Programs

Agency Partners

  • U.S. Forest Service
  • National Park Service
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Alaska State Parks

Leading Supporters

  • Bristol Bay Native Corporation
  • Alaska Airlines Foundation
  • Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area
  • Chugach Alaska Corporation
  • Koniag, Inc.
  • Mat Su Trails and Parks Foundation
  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
  • Rasmuson Foundation

CONTACT INFO

SCA Alaska
725 Christensen Drive, Suite 6
Anchorage, AK 99501

Casandra Foster
Recruiter
(907) 268-5907