Fisheries Intern (PO-00735445)

This position will support the Lake Clark NP&P's Natural Resource program and will assist with two long-term salmon monitoring projects. Duties will include: counting and capturing salmon and other resident fish species, collecting biological data using standardized sampling protocols, sampling fish and water using a variety of gear and techniques, maintaining field equipment, operating small motorboats, living and working in a remote field camp for 6-8 weeks. Training will be provided and will include boating safety, aviation safety, bear safety, firearms, and fisheries techniques. The motorboat training (MOCC) is especially valuable as it is valid for 5 years and can be used with any DOI agency.

Additional opportunities typically include helping out with other natural resource projects including water quality or vegetation monitoring with the Southwest Alaska Inventory and Monitoring Network., aquatic plant sampling, dragonfly sampling, fish surveys, and installing and maintaining sound stations and bat detectors.

This position offers unparalleled field opportunities for anyone interested in pursuing a career in natural resources with the National Park Service. Most field biologist never experience a functioning intact ecosystem operating as it should. At Lake Clark, the intern will witness the return of hundreds of thousands of sockeye salmon, migrating upstream as they have for millennia. At one of our field camps, they will also have the opportunity to observe and interact with a culturally rich subsistence fishery. Additionally, the intern's experience living and working in remote field camps will provide them with a strong foundation and understanding in field biology.  

Compensation amounts:

  • $1500 – one time RT travel allowance
  • $500 – weekly living allowance
  • Park housing
  • AmeriCorps Education Award ($1,718.25)

*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-00735445

Expected Dates: May 28, 2023 - August 19, 2023

1 Park Place
Port Alsworth, AK 99653

Training Provided: Training will be provided and will include boating safety, aviation safety, bear safety, firearms, and fisheries techniques. 

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Lake Clark NP&P offers lots of outdoor opportunities for interns. There is wifi available in park housing and the park does have a gym. While based in Port Alsworth, the intern will have access to recreational equipment, trails, and great sport fishing.

Handicap Accessible?: No

Main Area of Focus: Natural Resources Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Not needed

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

Shared agency bunkhouse housing

Indoor/Outdoor: Combination

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association