Environmental Education Program Assistant Intern

Expected Dates
April 29, 2019 to September 7, 2019
Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge
Position ID
We seek an outgoing individual to help coordinate and instruct at two remote culture and science camps for Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge. Henshaw Creek Science Camp hosted by Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge is located alongside a fish monitoring weir that serves as an outdoor classroom for youth in grades 6-12th. The remote camp teaches western science while also instilling traditional knowledge from local Alaska Native Elders. Camp Goonzhii, meaning “wisdom and knowledge” in Gwich’in, is hosted by Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. This week-long camps serves youth in grades K-12. Activities and lessons include migratory birds, animal tracks, archery, dog sled construction, and plant identification. The individual selected for this position will have a basic understanding of environmental education theory, a passion for the outdoors, and a strong level of cultural competency and skills. The intern will develop activities, be responsible for logistics, and work closely with local partners while being mentored by the Refuges Education Specialist. We are looking for someone who is organized, motivated, and comfortable in remote settings. Other duties include acting as a co-lead for middle students during an educational camping trip, assisting staff with classroom programs in the Fairbanks North Star Borough, helping Refuge staff with logistics in the Fairbanks headquarters office,  social media, participating in local and rural outreach and education events, and helping with invasive weed pull projects. Additionally, the intern may have the opportunity for field work if the opportunity arises. 
Your responsibilities will include: Coordinate and implement two culture and science camps (30%); Lead educational activities and outreach at public events (25%); Environmental education programs and visits to local and rural schools (15%) Assist Refuge staff with mail, correspondence, social media, and general logistics (10%); Attend and complete required training (10%); Other miscellaneous office and field projects (10%). 

Compensation amounts:
  • $1,300 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $200 - weekly living allowance
  • AmeriCorps eligible ($1,566 education award and health insurance if elected)
  • Housing

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

  • Intern will be based in Fairbanks, Alaska. Fairbanks is known as the “Golden Heart City” and is the second largest city in the state. Intern will be housed at the Kanuti Bunkhouse located across from the Fairbanks USFWS headquarters in the Federal Building.

    Henshaw Creek Science Camp is located at Henshaw Creek, approximately one hour from the village of Allakaket via boat. The camp is all outdoors and the intern will sleep in a tent for the duration of the camp.

    Camp Goonzhii is held in Arctic Village, Alaska. The intern may travel in a small refuge plane to the village and there are limited services in the village.

    Using a government vehicle, intern will travel to Coldfoot to assist with the Dalton Highway Weed Pull. Located 265 miles north of Fairbanks, Coldfoot is situated in a remote and wilderness setting with very limited services. While in Coldfoot, the intern will be housed in a cabin with no running water. The limited services available in Coldfoot include a cafe, a tire shop, a gas station, and a post office. There are no medical services and limited air service available. The AIVC represents and helps visitors connect to nearby Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge, Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge, Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve and millions of Bureau of Land Management federal public lands. The visitor center and intern/staff housing are situated in a large valley with mountains to the east and west. There are many great hiking opportunities in the surrounding mountains. The area weather can vary considerably, and can receive snow both early and late in season. Bear, moose and mosquitoes are common.

  • The intern will receive various training including Bear Safety and Awareness, Firearms training, Dunker Training, Basic Aviation Training and Defensive Driving.
  • The Arctic Interagency Visitor Center (AIVC) in Coldfoot is situated in a valley with high mountains. There are many hiking and birding opportunities nearby. Fairbanks is a large city with many cultural activities and events occurring in the summer months
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Social Sciences
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
degree minor or extensive experience
degree major or professional experience
Resource Management
degree minor or extensive experience
competent without supervision
competent with supervision
Leadership Experience
competent without supervision
Public Speaking
competent with supervision
Working with Children
competent with supervision