Fisheries Intern

Expected Dates
May 13, 2019 to August 25, 2019
Chugach National Forest
Position ID
*Please include a 1-2 page resume as an attachment with your application*

The Chugach National Forest is looking for a Biological Science Technician to work in the Kenai Peninsula Zone Aquatics Program. This position is based out of Moose Pass, AK and works across the Seward and Glacier Ranger Districts. The focus of this position will be to aid Forest resource staff in the collection of fisheries and watershed data, monitoring and inventory data collection, and associated data entry and analysis. Although primary duties will be focused on fisheries, opportunities to work with wildlife and recreation projects may be available.

Practical knowledge of the methods and techniques of the appropriate biological science and skill in understanding instructions readily to conduct a variety of activities in the area of fish and wildlife management.

Knowledge of the basic principles of fisheries biology to assess readings and measurements taken, tests executed, observations made, work completed, samples collected, etc., to understand and relate the significance of the results to the higher objectives to which the activity is related.

Knowledge of applicable techniques in order to select from available alternatives and to adapt them to meet specific situations without seriously affecting the validity and reliability of collected data.

Knowledge to operate complex equipment systems such as those with numerous components or parts, which must be calibrated and synchronized to achieve desired results.

The work requires some physical exertion, such as long periods of standing, walking over rough, wet, uneven or rocky surfaces, recurring bending, and crouching, stooping, reaching, or similar activities.

Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate with others. Must be comfortable working in and around streams. Must be comfortable working in bear country.

Compensation amounts:
  • $1,300 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $280 - weekly living allowance
  • $200 - one time gear allowance (work boots)
  • AmeriCorps eligible ($1,566 education award)
  • $370 - monthly housing allowance (for USFS bunkhouse housing)

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

  • Moose Pass, AK is located in the heart of the Kenai Zone of the Chugach National Forest. It is a mountainous area with many lakes and rivers. It’s located about 30 miles North of Seward, AK and 100 miles South of Anchorage, AK.
  • Training is provided for all technical aspects of the job. In addition, the intern will participate in a week-long training in May for all seasonal employees that includes CPR/First Aid, Bear Safety, safe boating, etc.
  • There are numerous recreational opportunities in the Chugach National Forest, from front country recreation to backcountry, numerous multi-purpose trials, camping sites, fishing, wildlife viewing, whitewater and other boating opportunities.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Wildlife Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
degree minor or extensive experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
degree minor or extensive experience
Data Entry
competent without supervision
Field Research
competent with supervision
competent without supervision
Hand Tools
some experience
Working with Animals
some experience