2020 AK Corps Teams

Expected Dates
May 17, 2020 to August 22, 2020
Site
Student Conservation Association
Position ID
PO-00728916
Alaska Corps Teams work with multiple state and federal partners throughout Alaska. Work projects are a mix of trail construction and maintenance, brush and tree clearing, invasive species removal, and fuels reduction for wildfire management.  Members of Alaska Corps Teams camp through the summer and face the challenges of weather, insects, and wildlife typical to Alaska. Project schedules vary throughout the summer depending on partner needs. Members use basic outdoor hand tools, power tools, and possibly chainsaws throughout the summer.

Teams consist of 5 members and 1 leader and remain together for the entirety of the season. Teams 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 Leave No Trace camping techniques, members are 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 17th with Corps Member Training, where members will receive Wilderness First Aid, SCA and Americorps Orientation, Conservation Work Skills, and possibly Chainsaw training (for crews using chainsaws during the season). The program ends August 22nd with the potential for opportunities to continue into September. 
 
All members must be Americorps eligible and enrollment is required for acceptance into the position. 
 
  • Alaska Corps Teams may work in one or more of the following areas; Chugach State Park, Chugach National Forest, Bureau of Land Management in Fairbanks, Denali National Park, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Kenai Fjords National Park, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Katmai National Park, Lake Clark National Park, Tongass National Forest, Glacier Bay National Park, and Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.
  • Members will attend SCA’s Corps Member Orientation, Conservation Work Skills Training, and Wilderness First Aid. Only members on crews using chainsaws will receive 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
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Backpacking
some experience
Camping
some experience
Construction
some experience
Hand Tools
competent with supervision
Trail Maintenance
some experience