Interpretation Ranger Participant (PO-00734236)

The Tongass National Forest’s Southeast Alaska Discovery Center is seeking interested candidates for Student Conservation Association interns. We’re looking for people enthusiastic about sharing the cultural heritage, economic diversity and natural beauty of the Tongass with Ketchikan visitors.

Working from our landmark downtown visitor center near the cruise ship docks, interns work alongside permanent staff to serve visitors from around the world.

Duties include collecting admissions fees, selling America the Beautiful passes and Forest Service maps, presenting interpretive programs on a variety of Southeast Alaska topics, answering visitor questions, providing conservation education programs to youth, operating audio-visual equipment, and assisting with center maintenance, cleaning and special events as necessary. 

Compenstion amounts:

  • $1,500 – one time RT travel allowance
  • $300 – weekly living allowance
  • Housing Options:
    • $500 monthly housing allowance to pay for bunkhouse IF Forest Service housing is available (dependent on availability – must check with USFS)  

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

*Please note this position is NOT eligible for an AmeriCorps  education award

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Position ID: PO-00734236

Expected Dates: April 10, 2023 - September 24, 2023

50 Main Street
Ketchikan, AK 99901

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: Not Eligible

Driving Logistics: Not needed

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

The Ketchikan/Misty Fiords Ranger District Bunkhouse is a 18-unit facility located at the district Ranger Station, approximately two miles north of downtown Ketchikan. Interns will share a bedroom with another same-gender employee or intern, and have access to a fully-furnished kitchen, lounge with cable TV and laundry facilities on-site.

Indoor/Outdoor: Combination

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association