Biological Technician Participant (Fisheries) (PO-00734246)

As a crewmember you will work with 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 NF.  These point count surveys are conducted in the early morning hours and may involve off-trail hiking and backpacking.  The primary role for the position in the latter half of the season is to assist in assembling and installing remotely monitored video weirs used to count salmon. Data from the projects are used to help manage salmon runs that are an important subsistence resource for local residents. In addition, the crewmember may take part in a wide variety of other projects as needed. The crewmember also will take primary responsibility for a video weir project monitoring salmon escapement in a recent stream restoration project.


This position is an opportunity to develop skills in bird identification by sight and sound, data management, solar power, electronics, computer networking, and recording of underwater video. Experience in these areas is desirable but not required. The field sites for some projects are in remote areas, and accessing them will require travel by floatplane, boats, and by foot. The field conditions often include wet and inclement weather, working around bears, and hiking in wet and uneven terrain. Field trips usually last several days and require staying in small cabins or camping.  Other work is conducted adjacent to the Juneau road system.


Specific duties include:

  • Assisting with logistics and fieldwork for bird surveys.
  • Monitor nesting seabird colonies.
  • Prepping equipment and tools for field trips.
  • Assisting with assembly of weirs and electronics in the field.
  • Carrying heavy weights (i.e., 60 lb. batteries) during field work.
  • Reviewing recorded video to identify and count Sockeye Salmon or nesting Arctic Terns.
  • Record and manage data from video counts, depth and temperature loggers, etc.
  • Assisting with outreach efforts in small southeast Alaska communities.
  • Working with other Forest Service programs as needed.

Compensation amounts:

  • $1,500 – RT travel allowance to work site and back
  • $300 – weekly living allowance
  • $200 – one time boot allowance
  • AmeriCorps eligibility (Education award $2,474.27)
  • $500 – monthly housing allowance (to pay for USFS bunkhouse housing)

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

Please provide a 1-2 page professional resume as an attachment to your SCA application.

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-00734246

Expected Dates: May 8, 2023 - October 1, 2023

8510 Mendenhall Loop Road
Juneau, AK 99801

Training Provided: Training on bear behavior; first aid; CPR; and other trainings will be required and given by the Forest Service during the week of May 23.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Many different types of community educational opportunities will be conducted over the summer. One is family fish day where the Forest Service will participate in activities that educate children on fish and their habitat as well as how watersheds develop

Handicap Accessible?: Yes

Main Area of Focus: Natural Resources Mgmt

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.

The Forest Service has a apartment style bunkhouse that is available for use by the volunteer. The volunteer will share one apartment with up to three other individuals, sharing a room with up to one other individual. Standards of cleanliness will be required along with restrictions on alcohol and drugs when staying in the Forest Service Bunkhouse. We can also provide a bicycle for use by the volunteer during the timeframe they will be working for the Forest Service.

Indoor/Outdoor: Combination

US Citizenship: No

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