Natural Resource Intern (PO-00735044)

On an island amid towering spruce and hemlock, Sitka National Historical Park preserves the site of a battle between invading Russian traders and indigenous Kiks.ádi Tlingit. Totem poles from Tlingit and Haida areas line the park’s scenic coastal trail, and the restored Russian Bishop’s House is a rare reminder of Russia’s colonial legacy in North America.

This position will be based out of the Natural Resources division of Sitka National Historical Park; it is an excellent opportunity to gain hands on experience in the day-to-day tasks that occupy a biologist. Work will include fieldwork, field data collection, microscopy, data entry, GIS, and other opportunities. Field work will largely include salmonid and Costal Brown Bear monitoring with the opportunity to assist with various environmental monitoring projects throughout the park. Experience is not necessary for this position, and all interested applicants are encouraged to apply, as necessary raining will be provided. The applicant does need to be comfortable working with the public, in brown bear country, and in inclement weather (cold and rain).

Furthermore, the individual selected to this position has the opportunity to conduct a scientific experiment of their choosing within a given focal area of the park, including, but not limited to the following subjects: bears, salmon, water quality harmful algal blooms, invasive plants, and the intertidal zone. The individual selected to this position will have the opportunity to serve as a principal investigator, where successful completion of the project includes writing a research proposal, acquiring permits, collecting and analyzing data, and producing a report on findings. 

Compensation amounts:

  • $1,300 – one time RT travel allowance
  • $300 – weekly living allowance
  • AmeriCorps eligible ($3,247.50 Education Award)
  • $300 – reimburseable gear expenses
  • $200 – reimburseable training expenses

*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-00735044

Expected Dates: May 16, 2023 - November 12, 2023

103 Monastery St
Sitka, AK 99835

Training Provided: Both on-the-job and more formal training will be available.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: A full range of educational opportunities are available. Recreation includes a full range of hiking, biking, and water-based recreation. Fishing is some of the best in the world.

Handicap Accessible?: Yes

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

Housing is "single-resident occupancy" housing with each person having their own sleeping quarters.  Kitchen, laundry, and living facilities are shared.

Indoor/Outdoor: Combination

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association