2019 AK Corps Teams

Expected Dates
May 13, 2019 to August 24, 2019
Site
Student Conservation Association
Position ID
PO-00726989
These teams will be working with multiple state and federal partners throughout Alaska.  Work projects will be a mix of trail construction and maintenance, invasive species removal and fuels reduction for wildfire management.  Members of these Corps Teams should be prepared to camp through the summer and face the challenges of weather, insects and wildlife typical to Alaska.  Project schedules will vary throughout the summer depending on partner needs.  Members can expect to use basic hand tools, power tools, and chainsaws through the summer.

Teams consist of 5 members and 1 leader, and this group of 6 will remain together for the entirety of the season. Teams will become comfortable camping in frontcountry and potentially backcountry situations, in a variety of terrain including boreal forest, rainforest and tundra.  In addition to learning technical trail skills and LNT camping techniques, members will be challenged to reflect upon and practice leadership in a variety of ways. Applicants should be flexible, willing to build community with their team, and invested in their personal growth. 

The season begins on May 13th with Corps Member Training, where members will receive Wilderness First Aid, SCA and Americorps Orientation, Conservation Work Skills and Chainsaw training. The program ends August 24th with the potential for opportunities to continue into September. 
 
All members must be Americorps eligible and enrollment is required for acceptance into the position. 
 
  • These Corps Team may work in one or more of the following areas; Chugach State Park, Chugach National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, Denali National Park, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Kenai Fjords National Park, Lake Clark National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, and Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.
  • Members will attend SCA’s Corps Member Orientation, Conservation Work Skills Training, Wilderness First Aid and Chainsaw training.
  • Recreational opportunities abound during off-time, and are mostly focused on out of doors activities. Activities range from off-trail hiking and backpacking to fishing and cabin trips. Many towns in Alaska have summer festivals and community events.
  • SCA Conservation Work Skills Training, Wilderness First Aid Training, and Exposure to Leave No Trace Wilderness Ethics, Chainsaw Training
  • Chainsaw
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Backpacking
some experience
Camping
some experience
Construction
competent with supervision
Hand Tools
competent with supervision
Trail Maintenance
some experience