Visitor Services Placement (PO-00734583)

Placements will assist Tongass NF staff with visitor services engagement work at the Anan Wildlife Observation Area. This will include greeting outfitters and clients while taking their permits, providing mandatory safety briefings for all guests, as well as spending time at the observation deck to help answer visitor questions. Additionally interns will provide educational information to the visiting public, manage crowd/people flow, and ensure there are no negative bear and human interactions. Other duties include maintaining the cleanliness of the observation area by removing contained human waste containers from the deck outhouse. This is a rifle/shotgun bearing position – therefore candidates need to be comfortable handling federal firearms and working around both brown and black bears after receiving USFS bear safety training. Selected candidates will be subject to a drug-test after hiring. 

Compensation amounts:

  • $1,300 – RT travel allowance to work site and back
  • $600 – weekly living allowance
  • $200 – one time boot allowance
  • $1,500 – duty related travel/per diem
  • AmeriCorps eligibility (Education award of $1,718)
  • Housing

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

Please provide a 1-2 page professional resume as an attachment to your SCA application. 

Please note that this is a rilfle bearing position. All candidates must be willing to carry a federal firearm during on-duty hours after receiving USFS training. Candidates must be willing to submit to a drug-test before their position start date. 

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-00734583

Expected Dates: May 28, 2023 - August 19, 2023

Training Provided: Interns will receive training allowing them to fly in USFS contracted planes and will also learn to use basic hand tools. Additionally they will receive USFS gun/bear safety training.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Hiking, fishing, hunting, backpacking, mountain biking, boating, kayaking

Handicap Accessible?: No

Main Area of Focus: Visitor Services and Site Operations

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Not needed

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

Participants live remotely on the Anan floating house, which is a small cabin on floats with 2 bedrooms, stocked kitchen, and removable toilet. 

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: Yes

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