Cabins Maintenance Intern

Expected Dates
May 13, 2019 to August 31, 2019
Chugach National Forest
Position ID
Intern will serve alongside Forest Service employees as part of a small cabins maintenance crew, working on backcountry public-use cabins within the Glacier Ranger District of the Chugach National Forest. Primary duties will involve basic carpentry and manual labor work, to maintain to a high standard a network of off-grid cabins available to the public for rent. This may include installing stoves, windows and doors; replacing roofs; foundation work; deconstructing old structures; constructing new outhouses and other outbuildings; constructing new furnishings for inside the cabins; and basic cleanup and maintenance as issues arrive.

Work will be in remote locations, requiring either long hikes, boat rides, float planes, or train transport for project access. Intern can expect to work 8 days in a row, followed by 6 days off, and to camp at the job site in backcountry locations for extended periods throughout the course of the summer – camping gear will be provided.

Uses and maintains a variety of hand tools and power tools typical to carpentry and forestry work. The work performed requires very heavy physical effort, routinely lifts, pushes and pulls objects weighing over 50 lbs, and regularly hikes several miles while carrying up to a 50 lb pack. Work will occur outdoors rain or shine, and interns can anticipate frequent inclement weather typical of the Alaskan rainforest.
The cabins crew is part of a larger recreation program within the Glacier Ranger District, and this intern will be expected to help out other parts of the program, including the trail crew, wilderness crew, and developed recreation crew. This work may include picking up garbage at frontcountry recreation facilities and cleaning restrooms.
Compensation amounts:
  • $1,300 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $280 - weekly living allowance
  • $370 - monthly housing allowance (for USFS bunkhouse housing)
  • AmeriCorps eligible ($1,566 education award)

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

  • Girdwood, Alaska
  • Interns will be trained in a wide variety of trail maintenance and conservation techniques. Interns will also learn Leave No Trace principles and how to live in a backcountry setting.
  • Learn about working for the US Forest Service, and implementing conservation projects.

    The area offers world-class hiking, mountain biking, fishing, boating, skiing.

    • S212 certification
    • Bear safety training
    • Basic trail maintenance skills
  • Chainsaw
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
some experience
competent with supervision
competent with supervision
Hand Tools
competent with supervision
Trail Maintenance
some experience
Orienteering compass skills
competent with supervision