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Park/Area: CHENA RIVER STATE RECREATION AREA - NORTHERN REGION
This facility is located at 33-mile Chena Hot Springs Road. This position involve working throughout the 255,000 acre recreation area.
Main tasks: Assist with the operations of the Chena River State Recreation Area. Primary duties will include the care and maintenance of the 33 mile compound. This will include lawn mowing, brush cutting, basic carpentry and construction skills, organizational skills, cleaning and maintaining the buildings. Other duties as assigned.
Required Skills: Must possess a valid driver’s license; be physically fit, willing and able to perform manual labor work and maintain good public relations. Live closely with others in rustic accommodations.
Desired Skills: Maintenance skills, landscaping, and operation of hand & power tools and equipment.
Allowance / Housing: Subsistence payment, rustic cabin provided with access to a common mess hall with a modern kitchen, with showers and laundry available.
Time Commitment: 8 to 10 weeks or more if desired.
Send Application to: Dane Happ
Alaska State Parks - Northern
phone: (907) 451-2753
Park/Area: INDEPENDENCE MINE STATE HISTORICAL PARK AND EAST HATCHER PASS MANAGEMENT AREA
The East Hatcher Pass Management Area is located within the Talkeetna mountain range approximately 60 miles north of Anchorage. The Hatcher Pass road is a high country route between the Matanuska and Susitna valleys that once served the historic Willow Creek Mining District. This is South Central Alaskan gold country with a number of historic mining sites scattered across the area. Nestled in an alpine bowl at 3,500 feet is the Independence Mine State Historical Park (IMSHP). This park includes remnants and partially restored structures from a lode gold mining operation dating back to the early 20th century. Visitors can enjoy a walking tour through some of the mining camp structures or enjoy a hike into the surrounding alpine environment.
Park upkeep and maintenance, general cleaning, dusting, mopping, collection of litter, emptying of trash cans, servicing restrooms and latrines
Position would be the primary individual responsible for ensuring vehicle traffic exits the park in a safe and timely manner and the road access gate is secured.
Assisting with the operation and upkeep of utility systems on site. IMSHP is remote and not connected to public utilities. Diesel generators produce electricity with a battery backup to operate basic utilities when the park is closed
Carpentry projects including door and window repair, wall board replacement, painting, and restoration of structures as outlined by the office of History and Archeology’s Preservation Plan
Serve as a point of contact for park guests, answering general questions, providing directions, and serving as a local area guide
Required Skills:The ability to work effectively with a diverse staff and public to provide excellent customer service. The willingness to work as part of a team, be flexible, and self-motivated with an attention to detail; the ability to walk and/or stand for an entire shift while working in all weather conditions; the ability to safely lift and carry awkward and oversized items for short distances; the ability to lift up to 50 pounds; knowledge of minor carpentry and the safe manipulation of hand and power tools; must have demonstrated mechanical aptitude and/or experience with diesel generators.
Desired Skills: Interest in history or experience with historic building preservation. Experience with handling and cataloging artifacts. Experience with staging and displays.
Internship: Will assist with the fulfillment of internship requirements and paperwork.
Allowance/Housing: Subsistence payment. Limited rustic housing may be available provided candidate meets certain requirements. Must be willing to live without full time modern conveniences like phone, internet, and electricity. Must be willing to share common kitchen and bathing facilities with other staff and volunteers. No pets permitted.
Time Commitment: Approximately May 15 - September 15
Ranger Mario Pagni
Alaska State Parks - Mat-Su/CB
phone: (907) 745-8936
Park/Area: BIRD POINT - CHUGACH STATE PARK
The Bird Point Day Use Area is a popular sightseeing stop on the Turnagain Arm and the main access to Girdwood to Indian pathway, a twelve-mile bike path that winds along the Turnagain Arm. A large viewing area with interpretive displays gives a panoramic view of the Turnagain Arm flanked by stunning mountains and glaciers. Your host site is a two-bedroom cabin nestled in the trees at the Point.
Job duties: Summer: Provides visitor information, daily visit counts, light maintenance, and park watch. This position is recommended for individuals highly active with trail patrol and maintenance. Need to possess a high interest in public contact. Candidate should have strong interest in hiking and biking. Position offers great outdoor opportunities and physical exercise for the recreation minded person.
Winter: Facility is closed in winter. Caretaker becomes a ranger assistant. Duties include Turnagain arm facility cleaning, trail maintenance, day to day assistant to area ranger.
Allowance/Housing: Two bedroom cabin, phone, electricity, water and dump.No pets permitted in state park housing or vehicles.
Time Commitment: Summer: 5 months, 5/1 - 9/30 Winter: 10/1 to 4/30
Send Application to: Tom Crockett
Alaska State Parks - Chugach
phone: (907) 345-5014
Park/Area: ANCHORAGE HILLSIDE CARETAKER (located at Glen Alps Trailhead)
The Anchorage Hillside Host is responsible for providing basic services at four popular Chugach State Park trailheads: Glen Alps, Upper O’Malley, Upper Huffman, and Prospect Heights. Glen Alps trailhead offers excellent access to alpine areas including the popular Flattop Mountain. Common activities in the area include wildlife viewing, hiking, dog walking, climbing, berry picking, and biking.
Job Duties: Summer Season:Job duties include restroom cleaning, garbage pickup, visitor counts, incident reporting, visitor interaction, and other duties as assigned. Requirements of this position include working with minimal supervision, exercising good judgment, and maintaining high maintenance standards.
Winter Season: Winter duties include those described above although on a smaller scale due to decreased visitation. The position can be physically demanding. Additional winter duties include snow blowing/shoveling, maintaining access to fee stations and latrines, snowmobile operation, and winter trail maintenance. Activities during winter include skiing, hiking, sledding, wildlife viewing and snowmobiling (if snow depth is adequate). Experience in winter-based activity is especially helpful.
Time Commitment: Summer: 5 months, 5/1 - 9/30 Winter: 10/1 to 4/30
Allowance/Housing: Host cabin and phone. No pets permitted.
Send Application to: Ranger Ben Corwin
Alaska State Parks - Chugach
phone: (907) 344-0069
Park/Area: ALASKA CHILKAT BALD EAGLE PRESERVE
The eagle preserve is located north of Haines, Alaska, along the Chilkat River and includes about 48,000 acres of prime eagle habitat. It is world-renowned for the large gathering of 3,000 or more eagles during the fall and early winter. A facility located at the "Council Grounds," 19 miles north of Haines, along the Haines Highway, provides sheltered outside interpretive displays overlooking the Chilkat River where the highest concentration of eagles occurs. There is a two mile trail running along the river connecting scenic pull-outs.
Main Tasks: Assist/provide the area staff with daily operations of visitor contacts, and eagle observations. Janitorial service on the vaulted latrine and facility maintenance, including light carpentry, painting and repair work. May also include providing vehicle counts, highway safety information, nature observation, and commercial operator monitoring.
Required Skills: Should possess a valid driver's license; be physically fit and willing to work in rugged terrain in cold and wet conditions; able to work independently with little or no direct supervision; able to live in rustic accommodations without running water; have good public relation skills and be able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Internship: Field experience only, not an internship position.
Allowance/Housing: Log, 16' x 16', cabin with sleeping loft. Oil drip heat, propane cooking stove, underground power, phone, andno running water. Full kitchen with gray water outfall. Public latrine nearby. Services located 19 miles south in Haines. Personal vehicle highly recommended.
Time Commitment: May through September, minimum of eight weeks, full season preferred.
Send Application to: Ranger Travis Russell
Alaska State Parks - Haines Office
phone: (907) 766-2292
Park/Area: STARRIGAVAN RECREATION AREA, SITKA, ALASKA
Enjoy and experience a summer volunteering in Sitka, Alaska. Live in a quaint cabin 7 miles from town in a beautiful recreation area adjacent to Starrigavan Bay. Sitka is located in the southeast panhandle of Alaska and is only accessible by air or boat. Host couples are preferred.
The Starrigavan Recreation Area is a joint management venture between the USDA Forest Service and Alaska State Parks. The recreation area offers 2 ¼ miles of loop trails adjacent to 34 campsites, 1 public recreation rental cabin, 6 picnic sites and an artesian well.
Main Tasks: Interact with campers, hikers, artesian well users and other recreation area users. Live within the recreation area and provide a Forest Service presence; assist in deterring criminal mischief and vandalism of facilities; contact Forest Service staff or appropriate authorities in case of problems or emergencies; monitor light maintenance needs at host cabin; meet and greet visitors; monitor the recreation area water system and facility use; monitor and post incoming camping reservations; check in/out reservations for recreation rental cabin, stock rental cabin with split firewood; collect and process camping/log cabin fees; perform light maintenance including cleanup of fire rings, restrooms, campsites, rental cabin; leaf litter removal; open and close access gates daily.
Desired Skills: Host(s) must enjoy working with the public and being visible within the recreation area; in good health and physical condition (repeated bending, lifting; lots of walking); be self-directed requiring little supervision; possess a valid driver's license to operate a government vehicle; commit to volunteering full time for dates specified. Experience with gas powered equipment and operating ATV/UTV/riding power equipment is important.
Housing: Volunteer lives in a small “Pan Abode” style cabin (1 bedroom, kitchen/living/office area, bath and laundry) within the recreation area with all utilities paid by the Forest Service. Oil heat, electrical lights, phone (local calls only); indoor plumbing; other amenities available; requires conservative use of cabin water system. Adults and non-smokers only; no pets.
Allowance: Travel reimbursement on Alaska Marine Highway for self and vehicle 19 feet or less and/or a daily reimbursement may be available.
Time Commitment: 5 months, mid April through mid September.
Send Application to: Attn.: Mike Mullin, Natural Resource Specialist
USDA Forest Service, Sitka Ranger District
phone: (907) 747-4274
This camp is located at mile 30 Chena Hot Springs Road about 35 miles east of Fairbanks. It is on a small secluded lake within the Chena River State Recreation Area. It includes 13 small cabins and a dining hall and kitchen which makes its perfect for groups to rent out.
Special Projects: Provide visitor information and assistance. Perform minor campground maintenance (simple carpentry, troubleshoot generator and water systems), litter pickup, and minor landscaping. Clean restrooms and assist with janitorial maintenance.
Amenities: Dry camp, RV hook ups, and subsistence payment.
Season: Mid May to mid September
Contact: Michelle Harpole