NPS Alaskans in Parks Internship Program (PO-00734843)

Protect Our Land. Launch Your Career! 

Preference will be given to candidates located in or with close ties to Alaska. 

SCA and the National Park Service are pleased to announce the renewal of their NPS Alaskans in Parks Internship Program! This Program consists of 12-Week Expense-Paid Summer Internships starting with orientation in Anchorage May 17. 

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) has partnered with the National Park Service (NPS) to provide summer internships for Alaskans to work in the National Parks that are located in their backyards. Since 2013, the Alaskans in Parks program has provided career development internships for under-represented, diverse, and rural Alaskan residents interested in conservation. Eleven chosen candidates will be placed in individual internship placements across the state, with each individual serving at one park with one area of focus for the duration of their summer. This is a 13-week, full time, paid summer internship (specific dates of internship vary).

These positions range in focus with opportunities available in fields such as: Visitor Services/Interpretation, Wildlife Biology, Fisheries, Trail Work, Backcountry Ranger, Habitat Restoration, Museum Curatorial, Information Technology, and more! Positions will have interns working in the field performing tasks that vary from stepping off a float plane to a backcountry field site to collect crucial salmon population data to researching and presenting interpretive programs to park visitors on topics of the intern’s interest.

2023 Alaskans in Parks Hosts:

  • Wrangell – St. Elias National Park & Preserve – Interpretation/Visitor Services (Kennecott, Alaska)
  • Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve – Interpretation/Visitor Services (Coldfoot, Alaska)
  • Anchorage Alaska Public Lands Information Center – Interpretation/Visitor Services (Anchorage, Alaska)
  • Katmai National Park & Preserve – Interpretation/Visitor Services (Brooks Camp)
  • Western Arctic National Parklands – Interpretation/Education (Kotzebue, Alaska)
  • Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve/Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve – Wildlife Biology/Science Communication (Fairbanks, Alaska)
  • Bering Land Bridge National Preserve – Facilities Maintenance (Nome, Alaska)
  • Lake Clark National Park & Preserve – Fisheries (Port Alsworth, Alaska) (2 positions available)
  • Denali National Park & Preserve – Sled Dog Kennels (Denali Park, Alaska)
  • Denali National Park & Preserve – Road Ecology (Denali Park, Alaska)

Please be sure the “Interests” section of your SCA profile is filled out accurately to reflect your career interests, as these rankings will be used in determining the focus of interns’ placements.

Program Details:

  • Participate in a 3 to 4 day orientation in Anchorage, AK with all eleven members of the AIP program, staff, and speakers and guests from around the state
  • From orientation, interns will travel to their assigned park to complete 12 weeks of service in the field
  • Internships take place at National Park Service field stations throughout the state


  • Housing provided or housing stipend provided (position dependent)
  • Weekly living allowance $600.00 per week
  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award $1,718.25 upon completion of service
  • 3 to 4 day orientation, expenses paid
  • Travel allowance from Anchorage, AK to and from internship site $650.00


  • Alaska residents, Alaskans living outside of Alaska, and students in Alaska
  • All levels of outdoor experience welcome

*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.

*For SCA's COVID-19 guidance, please refer to  


Position ID: PO-00734843

Expected Dates: May 17, 2023 - August 11, 2023

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
General Delivery
Port Alsworth, AK 99653

Training Provided: AIP interns will participate in a 3 to 4 day orientation that will include NPS training opportunities. Specific trainings and certifications will vary by internship placement

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: All AIP interns will be working with experienced NPS staff to receive on the job training and mentorship in their field. Extensive recreational opportunities exist in all National Parks of Alaska.

Professional Development Opportunities: A wide variety of NPS professional mentorship opportunities. Opportunities vary by specific position. 

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

Housing will either be shared and provided directly by the National Park Service at no cost to participants or will be subsidized with a taxable monthly housing allowance for participants located in cities with available park housing .

Indoor/Outdoor: Combination

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association