Summer Education and Outreach Assistant

Expected Dates
May 12, 2019 to August 10, 2019
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve
Position ID
You will assist the park’s Education Specialist with a number of youth outdoor programs in the Copper River Basin. Responsibilities will primarily  include assisting with planning, preparing, and presenting outdoor youth activities.  You will supervise and coordinate activities for up to 8 Youth Conservation Corp (YCC) enrollees.  The YCC program provides opportunities for teens to learn a cross section of careers available with the NPS and assist staff with work projects, including providing interpretation at the visitor center.  Skills and experience in planning for and assisting teens on outdoor adventures are highly desired.  You will also work with partner organizations to present conservation lessons and activities. 
This job includes coordinating with park service program managers and supervisors to develop work assignments and then engage and supervise YCC in maintenance, administrative, interpretive, and cultural and natural resource management work projects (30%), assisting the park’s Education Specialist and YCC enrollees with delivering outdoor educational programs to Junior Rangers.(20%)  Assisting in leading outdoor adventures which could include rafting, LNT (leave no trace) camping, back packing, hiking, (40%). You will also process travel paperwork, prepare reports and enter data related to visitor use and educational management program objectives (10%). Housing may be solitary in a rustic park bunk house, or possibly with one other seasonal of the same sex with access to laundry and kitchen facilities.
Successful candidates will be able to work in a multitude of work areas and sites, be able to work with students participating in park education programs, as well as park staff. Successful candidates will be able to communicate and ask questions when they need further guidance performing technical or intricate tasks they have not mastered or have experience with. Effective candidates will be able to follow instructions completely especially where/when safety issues are involved.  Interns who are able to interpret our park service mission to the visiting public and youth through educational programs will be considered effective.  Successful candidates are those who can occupy their down time by networking with other housing residents who may have resources to expand their recreational opportunities.

Compensation includes:
  • $1,300 one time travel allowance
  • $280/ week living stipend
  • Eligible for AmeriCorps Award ($1566, if accepted)

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

  • The location of this assignment will be based in Copper Center, Alaska - a small, rural community located approximately 200 miles east of Anchorage, Alaska just off the Richardson Highway. Wrangell-St. Elias is the largest National Park in Alaska and manages approximately 13.2 million acres of land, ranging from the Mentasta Range south to the Gulf of Alaska, and from the Wrangell Mountains east to Alaska/Canada border.
  • Observe grant writing (intern will not actually be writing grants); networking with other NGOs, and conservation agencies; close work with most departments of park and exposure to their functions and practices.
  • Students can hike, bike, go fishing, sight seeing, attend other NPS programs to enhance their knowledge.
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Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
competent with supervision
Leadership Experience
competent with supervision
Community Engagement
some experience
Public Speaking
competent with supervision
Working with Children
competent with supervision