Recreation Placement

Expected Dates
April 25, 2022 to September 25, 2022
Chugach National Forest
Position ID

This is an exciting multi-discipline position working for a Forest Service district recreation program.  The position will include assisting trail crews and staff in all matters concerning trail maintenance and sustainability. Interns will be responsible for recreation operations and planning support. Core program work will include recreation data collection, public information/education program delivery, developed recreation site operations/maintenance, cabin maintenance, trail maintenance, and road maintenance. 

Interns will work with permanent and seasonal staff to engage with volunteers on trail management, design, construction, and partnerships to help develop a sustainable trails program. Other duties will include support of field operations in developed recreation, cabins, backcountry patrol, and resource programs. Interns will need to bring a positive attitude, willingness to work in inclement (wet) weather, long days and spiked out in remote field camps.

Compensation Amounts:

  • $1,300 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $600 - weekly living allowance ($15 per hour equivalent at 40 hours per week)
  • $330 - monthly housing allowance to pay for USFS bunkhouse costs ($1,650 total - you are expected to use this to budget for your USFS housing which you will pay the USFS for)

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes
*Please note this position is NOT eligible for an AmeriCorps education award

Conditions of Employment:
Beginning on 1/18/22, all new SCA volunteer program participants are required to be fully vaccinated. Full vaccination is defined as having received a booster shot six months after the Pfizer and Moderna primary series and two months after the Johnson & Johnson primary series.

  • Girdwood, AK
  • Interns will be trained in a wide variety of trail maintenance and conservation techniques. Interns will also learn Leave No Trace principles and how to live in a backcountry setting.
    • S212 certification
    • Bear safety training
    • Basic trail maintenance skills
  • 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