Interpretation Ranger Participant (PO-00734217)

Mendenhall Glacier

Come join our staff at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center!

The Mendenhall Glacier, in Juneau Alaska, is one of the state’s top attractions with over 550,000 visitors a year. Black bears and spawning salmon also draw people to our site. The glacier, wildlife and hiking trails make Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center a fine place to both learn and hone interpretation skills.

As an intern, you will be integrated into our interpretive program and wear a Forest Service uniform. You will have many opportunities for both formal and informal mentoring as you gain experience in the field. The work week is 5 days, 8 hours per day, and could include evening and weekend work. Conditions often require working outside in wet, cool, rainy weather and long periods of standing each day. Staff spend a portion of everyday outside. You will receive interpretive and resource training at the beginning of your internship.

We employ about 30 staff at the Mendenhall Glacier during the summer months. This includes SCA interns, temporary seasonal and permanent interpretive park rangers, custodial/maintenance staff, and leadership. In addition, we share the building with our partner Discovery Southeast, a local environmental education non-profit who operates the Mendenhall Glacier interpretive bookstore.

Mendenhall Glacier is part of the largest National Forest in the United States – the Tongass National Forest. Encompassing nearly 17 million acres, the Tongass makes up 90% of Southeast Alaska and is a land of glaciers, mountains, waterways and thousands of islands separated by straits and channels. The islands and mainland create 11,000 miles of shoreline where regal mountains rise from the tidewater to overlook a mostly undeveloped and isolated landscape. Most of the Tongass is isolated from the continental road system. Visitors to Juneau arrive by cruise ship, ferry or commercial airplane.

Job Duties Include:

  • Develop and present short formal interpretive programs.
  • Provide roving interpretation on topics ranging from glaciers to geology to wildlife such as black bears, mountain goats, porcupines, and salmon.
  • Staff information stations to answer visitor questions.
  • Additional opportunities to contribute to our social media efforts through writing posts or contributing photos may exist.

Compensation amounts:

  • $1,500 – one time RT travel allowance
  • $300 – weekly living allowance
  • Housing:
    • $500 monthly housing allowance to pay for bunkhouse housing 
  • AmeriCorps eligible ($3,247.50 education award)

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

*Please include a resume as an attachment with your SCA application

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Position ID: PO-00734217

Expected Dates: April 10, 2023 - October 1, 2023

8510 Mendenhall Loop
Juneau, AK 99801

Training Provided: Two weeks of preparatory training; including safety topics, first aid and CPR training, interpretation skills, and natural resource training.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Numerous hiking trails, kayaking, camping, backpacking, etc.

Handicap Accessible?: Yes

Main Area of Focus: Education and Interpretation

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.

Bunkhouse is adjacent to Forest Service office and approximately 2 miles from the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.  The bunkhouse consists of apartments with 2 bedrooms, each with two beds.  Each bedroom has a full bath.  Apartments also have fully furnished kitchens, living room with cable tv, internet, and phone for local calls only.  The bunkhouse is near a bus stop for shopping, etc.  You will be sharing the apartment with up to three others.  

 SCA interns will be emailed a bill of collections from USFS administrative staff at the Juneau Ranger District – either Karen Lovett or Robin Hasselquist – and must coordinate a time to pay in the district office with one of them. Payment could be by card or check.

Indoor/Outdoor: Combination

US Citizenship: Yes

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