Park Guide Intern

Expected Dates
May 13, 2019 to September 15, 2019
Fairbanks Alaska Public Lands Information Center
Position ID
This position will be responsible for staffing the Alaska Public Lands Information Center located in the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center in Fairbanks, Alaska. The incumbent will greet visitors, answer questions, provide information and materials, create displays and bulletin boards pertaining to public lands, answer written information requests, sell merchandise from the cooperating association, perform roving interpretation, present formal and informal interpretive and education programs, and assist with developing interpretive media/products. The incumbent will assist with developing site specific interpretive bulletins for visitor information and design of computer generated media. The incumbent may also provide walking tours through the exhibit hall. The Alaska Public Lands Information Center (APLIC) is an interagency visitor center providing information and education on all public lands in Alaska. 
  • Presents limited and repetitive pre-established talks including introductions to films, map talks, and static exhibit interpretation.
  • Orients visitors to conditions and equipment needs.
  • Staffs information counter at the visitor center serving as initial contact for visitors.
  • Provides information on a variety of subjects and interprets park values for visitors with varying interests and backgrounds.
  • Provides visitors with information on park related activities, services and park themes.
  • Operates equipment in the center theatre.
  • Assists with visiting groups and education programs at the center.

Miscellaneous Duties
In accomplishing his/her work, the guide may perform any or all of the following duties depending on the specific needs of the park unit. These duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • performs minor maintenance duties to ensure a clean, safe work area;
  • performing administrative tasks, such as copying, faxing and organizing work areas to support agency mission
  • utilizes GSA and park vehicles (requires Valid Driver’s License);
  • performs emergency medical treatment to current level of training and responsibility;
  • may perform a variety of other non-grade controlling functions


  • $1,115 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $200 - weekly living allowance
  • $35 - weekly commuting allowance
  • $900 - monthly housing allowance (will need to secure your own housing in Fairbanks)
  • $340 - duty-related travel for work related trips/duties

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

*Please note that this position is NOT eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award

  • Fairbanks, AK, is the second largest town in Alaska, with approximately 90,000 people living in the area. Grocery stores, restaurants and other amenities are available. A bus system provides transportation in town, and rentals are available ranging from $400-$850/month for dry cabins, efficiencies and 1-bedroom apartments.
  • Interpretive training is available.
  • Fairbanks is the gateway community to Interior Alaska. Numerous public land units are accessible from Fairbanks that contain a variety of recreational activities.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Visitor Services and Site Operations
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Social Sciences
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Customer Service
competent without supervision
Social Media
some experience
Public Speaking
competent with supervision