Backcountry Ranger Intern (PO-00735397)

Core program work will include trail maintenance and backcountry patrols on 250 miles of trails on the Seward Ranger District.

Trail ranger interns will work with permanent and seasonal staff patrolling the backcountry. Much of the time will be spent hiking, backpacking, biking, camping, and performing light maintenance on backcountry trails, dispersed campsites, and cabins. Ranger interns will engage with the public providing information on recreational opportunities, current conditions, and Leave No Trace ethics. Interns should be comfortable carrying a backpack up to 50lbs, hiking up to 10 miles per day, and camping remotely. Interns will need to bring a positive attitude, be able to work long strenuous days, and be willing to work in inclement (wet and cold) weather.

Compensation Amounts:

  • $1,500 – one time RT travel allowance
  • $300 – weekly living allowance
  • $500 – duty-related reimbursements for boots/travel
  • $256 – monthly housing allowance to pay for USFS bunkhouse costs ($1,024 total – you are expected to use this to budget for your USFS housing which you will pay the USFS for)
  • AmeriCorps eligible ($1,718.25 Education Award)

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes

It is SCA's policy that all AmeriCorps-required background checks must return cleared prior to the position's start; this includes being fingerprinted for the FBI check. Otherwise, the AmeriCorps award will be removed or the position's start date will be delayed due to non-compliance.

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Position ID: PO-00735397

Expected Dates: May 15, 2023 - August 20, 2023

33599 Ranger Station Spur
Seward, AK 99664

Training Provided: Chainsaw operation; ATV operation; snowmobile operation; vehicle safe operation; boat passenger; bear behavior; bear spray; first aid/CPR/AED

Professional Development Opportunities:

These positions will be immersed with SRD staff and will receive training in Bear behavior/ safety and the use of bear spray; Aviation User Training, Defensive Driving, Chainsaw training and others.

Handicap Accessible?: Yes

Main Area of Focus: Backcountry/Trail work

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Not needed

Housing or Stipend Provided?
C.Partner will pay the SCA to provide housing allowance for the member.

Housing in the form of a bunkhouse will be available.  All rooms are double occupancy.  While dormitories may be co-ed, we generally put same sex roommates together.  Dorms include use of the kitchen, living room, bathroom and laundry facilities.

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association