Recreation CRD Intern

Expected Dates
May 14, 2018 to April 14, 2019
Chugach National Forest
Position ID

This is an exciting multi-discipline position working for a Forest Service district recreation program.  Position duties include:  recreation data collection, public information/education program delivery, developed recreation site maintenance, cabin maintenance, trail maintenance and some fisheries/wildlife data collection and habitat restoration. The intern will perform trail maintenance, cabin maintenance, developed recreation maintenance, and some stream bank restoration and threatened waterfowl nest island maintenance during the summer months.

During the shoulder seasons the intern will assist recreation program managers with recreation data collection, data entry, project planning, and some winter recreation management including winter trail snow grooming and developed recreation site maintenance.  The intern needs to bring a positive attitude, willingness to work in inclement (wet) weather, long days and spiked out in remote field camps.

Cordova is a small fishing community situated in the east Prince William Sound of south-central Alaska and is accessible only by air and water.

  • The Chugach National Forest is a 5.4 million acre forest in south central Alaska. It is located in the mountains surrounding Prince William Sound including the eastern Kenai Peninsula and the delta of the Copper River. It is the second largest forest in the U.S. national forest system, and is the northernmost national forest. The Chugach National Forest envelops Prince William Sound and is surrounded by the Chugach Mountains. Cordova is a small fishing community situated on the southeast shore of the Prince William Sound in south central Alaska and is accessible only by air and water. Aside from being your typical Alaska hunting and fishing paradise, the Cordova District has a number of unique resources. Included in these is the 700,000 acre Copper River Delta, one of the largest contiguous wetlands in the northern hemisphere, a number of spectacular glaciers, over 40 miles of developed hiking trails, and approximately 90 miles of primitive trail, 16 public recreation cabins, and a wide variety of fish and wildlife resources, trumpeter swans, dusky Canada geese, grey wolf, moose, brown and black bear, mountain goat and all species of salmon and trout. In addition, the phenomenal marine resources of Prince William Sound are located at Cordova’s doorstep. Approximately half of the uplands in Prince William Sound are managed by the Cordova Ranger District. Cordova is located at the extreme northern zone of the Pacific Northwest temperate rain forest. Summer temperatures average between 55 and 75 and total precipitation averages 168 inches annually.
  • Chainsaw operation; ATV operation; snowmobile operation; vehicle safe operation; boat passenger; bear behavior; bear spray; first aid/CPR/AED
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
some experience
Chain Saw Skills
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Community Engagement
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience