Visitor Center and Media Intern (PO-00732233)

*This position has a flexible start date in Dec/Jan*

The Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge has a very successful visitor services program that works hard to reach local, national and international audiences. Its current visitor services program staff consists of three permanent employees, seasonal staff, interns and multiple volunteers, which all work hard to produce excellent interpretation and educational experiences for all audiences. The Refuge is looking to continue its outreach program to a more multi-media and virtual based platform. 

This position will assist with the inclusion of more multimedia and virtual outreach programing for the refuge and work the busy visitor center in summer. 

Goals and Objectives:
•    Intern will be part of a dynamic visitor service team
•    Will work at visitor center providing information and orientation to visitors and develop and present in person or virtual programs
•    Will successfully facilitate a variety of multimedia outreach products and virtual educational/interpretive programs

Duties and Responsibilities: 
•    Participates in the development, management, and implementation of a high quality and balanced visitor services program by recommending and implementing compatible wildlife-dependent recreation activities.
•    Consistent with current COVID and safety-related guidelines, provides interpretation, environmental education, and recreation based programming (in person or virtual) for target audiences. 
•    Develop and present in person talks, walks and tidepool programs.
•    Develop, present, and edit multimedia for social media and website.
•    Welcome and orient visitors, open and close visitor center, provide information, and show refuge film.
•    Work with refuge volunteers, Friends group, and cooperating association bookstore.
•    Develop content for the refuge’s website and social media streams.
•    Assist with refuge events, festivals, and activities.
•    Participate and assist with staff training.
•    Create new interpretive content for exhibits and publications, and assist the refuge environmental education specialist with creating virtual based lessons.
•    Participates in the development, coordination, and implementation of site or issue specific outreach and communication. 
•    Identifies potential partnership activities with community organizations and corporations (Scouts, service organizations local governments and businesses). 

In addition, we are addressing the economic impacts of COVID by offering opportunities that include a livable wage (at least $15/hour) and adequate housing and/or transportation stipends where needed. Ages for this internship is 18-30, up to 35 years for veterans. Applicants must possess US citizenship or US residency. Interns must undergo a government background check if selected.
To support the Administration’s focus on racial equity and justice, the Service is seeking diverse applicant pools for these positions to apply and encourage applicants who culturally identify as Hispanic/Latinx/a/o or BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color) to apply; however the Service does not discriminate with regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, personal appearance, marital status, familial status, family responsibility, pregnancy or other pregnancy-related conditions, childbirth, disability, military/veteran status, citizenship status, religion or political affiliation, or any other status protected by federal or state law, local ordinance or Executive Orders. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Position Compensation:
– $600/week Living Allowance
– $1,250 one-time Travel Allowance
– Housing 

For SCA’s COVID guidance, please refer to

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

Please note that this position is NOT eligible for AmeriCorps. 

Position ID: PO-00732233

Expected Dates: January 29, 2023 - April 29, 2023

95 Sterling Hwy, Suite 1
Homer, AK 99603

Training Provided: Agency orientation and visitor center operations, field trip across Kachemak Bay, week-long Master Naturalist course, first aid & CPR certification, interpretive program design and delivery.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Abundant opportunities for hiking, fishing, camping, kayaking, tidepooling, photography and more. Just across the Bay is the state’s only designated wilderness park where you can enjoy views of glaciers and marine wildlife, and over 90 miles of trails.

Handicap Accessible?: No

Main Area of Focus: Education and Interpretation

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Not Eligible

Driving Logistics: Bicycle would be adequate

Vehicle not required but recommended. Many local amenities are located within walking distance.

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

Housing will be provided at a refuge bunkhouse located about 0.6 miles away from headquarters and visitor center. The possibility of sharing a room with same sex individual during the busy seasons. No pets are permitted.

US Citizenship: Yes

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