Education and Youth Conservation Corps Intern (PO-00735066)

The location of this assignment will be based in Copper Center, Alaska. Copper Center, Alaska is a small, rural community located approximately 200 miles east of Anchorage, Alaska just off the Richardson Highway. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve manages approximately 13.2 million acres of land, ranging from the Mentasta Range south to the Gulf of Alaska, and from the Wrangell Mountains east to Alaska/Canada border.

You will assist the YCC Coordinator in the management and supervision of 8 Youth Conservation Crew teens.  2 YCCs will be working at the Visitor Center with ranger oversight and 6 will be on the trail crew with you and the YCC Coordinator.  Most weeks you will be in the field 4 days, and the other day will be logistics, paperwork, coordination, and preparation for the week.   The Visitor Center YCCs will join the trail group for a few recreational trips possibly including rafting, glacier hiking, camping, trail hiking and historical or cultural tours.   You will also assist the park’s Education Specialist with youth outdoor programs.  Responsibilities include supervising maintenance tasks and the safety of teens in the front and back country, planning the YCC program schedule with flexibility to benefit from emerging opportunities, and preparing reports. You must be willing to live in a remote area with minimal amenities and share housing in a simple 2-person bunk house with access to laundry and kitchen facilities.

Compensation amounts:

  • $600/week living allowance
  • $1300 one-time round-trip travel stipend
  • $100/month housing stipend
  • $200 duty-related reimbursable expenses for miscellaneous uniform items
  • This position is not eligible for an AmeriCorps Award

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

*Applicants with an interest in the field of Interpretation or Education within the National Park Service will be given preference.

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Position ID: PO-00735066

Expected Dates: May 1, 2023 - August 20, 2023

Mile 106.8 Richardson Hwy
Copper Center, AK 99573

Training Provided: Training may include backcountry skills, bear safety and CPR/First Aid.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Opportunities may include working with other divisions, access to the backcountry, full-day roves, river & hiking trips on work time, and orientation over-flights. There are opportunities to hike and explore with coworkers on weekends.

Handicap Accessible?: No

Main Area of Focus: Education and Interpretation

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Not Eligible

Driving Logistics: Recommended

If you are not planning to bring a vehicle, it may be difficult to explore the area and the rest of the park. A bike will be provided for local commuting and exploring.

Housing or Stipend Provided?
A. Partner will provide suitable housing for the member

SCA interns will be in shared housing with roommates. Shared housing means that you cannot bring a spouse, partner, or pets. Park housing for SCA interns is located in Glennallen about 12 miles from the work site (Copper Center) or on-site about 1/4 mile from the Copper Center Visitor Center. A bicycle will be provided. You will possibly share with one other same-sex roommate a small, one-room cabin, with propane heat & lights and electricity. Interns share a separate common area with several other co-workers. This common area has electricity, kitchen, washer/dryer, and bathroom facilities. There is a landline phone located in the housing area for emergency and local calls.  Calling cards must be used for long distance calls. Cell phone coverage is either really reliable or non-existent, depending on your carrier. Internet is not provided, but there may be options for purchasing public wifi. Seasonal housing quarters are considered to be very rustic living conditions, in a secluded area. There is not a lot of privacy. You must be able to adapt to these types of living conditions.

Indoor/Outdoor: Combination

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association