Education Program Assistant

Expected Dates
May 13, 2019 to August 17, 2019
Fairbanks Alaska Public Lands Information Center
Position ID
The Conservation Intern assists with planning and implementation of a variety of outdoor and indoor education programs for youth and families. Responsibilities include preparing for and leading multi-day, science or recreation-focused educational camping trips for youth and/or families in remote locations (40%); coordinating and delivering in-person, nature and culture-based indoor and outdoor education day programs for K-12 youth (35%); and performing a variety of duties in support of education programs and interpretive services as needed (25%).
All programs will involve extensive collaboration with other NPS staff representing multiple divisions and programs and with other partners including federal and state agencies, local and tribal governments, non-governmental organizations, schools and teachers, and individual stakeholders. Percentages of time to be spent on each activity are estimates and subject to change.
The incumbent’s work supports a joint education program of the Fairbanks Alaska Public Lands Information Center (FAPLIC) and its sister parks, Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve (YUCH) and Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve (GAAR), collectively abbreviated as YUGA. The FAPLIC Lead Education Specialist directly oversees the Conservation Intern’s activities.
Compensation includes:
  • One time travel allowance
  • A weekly living stipend for 14 weeks
  • Monthly housing allowance for 4 months
  • Duty related travel allowance- submit receipts to SCA for reimbursement

*All compensation amounts are subject to federal state and local taxes*

**Please note that this position does NOT include an AmeriCorps education award**

*Start date is contingent on a signed agreement in place between SCA and NPS*


  • The official duty station for this position is Fairbanks, Alaska. Fairbanks is located in interior Alaska and is the second largest city in the state, with approximately 100,000 people living in the metropolitan area. Amenities include a hospital, university, schools, an international airport, and ample shopping and services. It is home to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, a premier research institution that attracts a diverse and vibrant undergraduate and graduate student population. A bus system provides transportation within the city. Summer temperatures typically range from the 60s to 80s (Fahrenheit), with nearly 22 hours of daylight on the summer solstice, June 20th. Up to 50% of the intern’s work entails spending up to eight days at a time away from Fairbanks in remote field locations in interior and northern Alaska. These locations might include but are not limited to wilderness locations that lack cell phone service, immediate availability of advanced medical care, road access, flush toilets/ plumbing, and stores or other amenities. Camping is required in most instances.
    Summer conditions in interior and northern Alaska are characterized by large numbers of mosquitos and other insects; cold, wet, changeable weather; difficult walking terrain (e.g. boggy, lots of deadfall or brush, tussock vegetation); and presence of potentially dangerous wildlife such as bears and moose.
  • Required and/or optional training opportunities may include include but are not limited to: defensive driving, bear awareness, basic aviation safety, first aid/CPR, risk management, Operational Leadership, Resource Interpretation, NPS science
  • Outdoor activities: Hiking, camping, canoeing, biking, etc. Special events: farmer’s market, numerous festivals Cultural & educational: Museums, concerts, lectures, courses, craft guilds, Alaska Native dance
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
degree minor or extensive experience
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
competent without supervision
Field Research
some experience
Leadership Experience
competent with supervision
Public Speaking
competent with supervision
Working with Children
competent without supervision