Visitor Center Services Intern

Expected Dates
September 12, 2022 to December 11, 2022
Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge
Position ID
You will assist the Visitor Center Manager and Education Specialist in Kodiak Refuge’s interpretation and education programs (40%). This includes planning and presenting educational programming for local and visiting children and their families. You’ll research, plan and present thematic, age-appropriate activities that focus on the intrinsic values of Kodiak Refuge and support the public’s further understanding of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Another one of your main duties (60%) will consist of staffing the information desk for approximately half of your work schedule, providing the visiting public with information about the refuge through both formal and informal interpretation. Collateral duties may also include: maintaining the “FUN Pack” loaner program, creating and posting fliers and public service announcements for upcoming programs, and promoting programs through use of social media networking sites. You may also have the opportunity to develop and update various interpretive handouts using Adobe InDesign or Microsoft Publisher. Other collateral duties will be assigned by the Visitor Center Manager.

Strong preference will be given toward candidates with prior visitor services and education experience. 

Compensation amounts:
  • $1,150 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $550 - weekly living allowance
  • Housing

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

*Please note this position is not eligible for an AmeriCorps education award.

*Please provide an attached resume with your application as well as three recent professional/academic references. 

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.

  • This “front-country” internship is based in the City of Kodiak (the urban center, located outside the refuge boundary) and is located within the recently built Kodiak Refuge Visitor Center, a 7,000 square foot facility that is located along the waterfront of downtown Kodiak. Kodiak is a rugged, beautiful island on the coast of southwestern Alaska. Kodiak City is the 10th largest city in Alaska, with a population
    of about 6,000 people in city limits. There are only about 100 miles of road on the north-east end of Kodiak island, and more than 20 hiking trails accessible from the road system. We have one bunkhouse for seasonal employees and volunteers, located near the Refuge Headquarters complex about 4 miles from downtown. This area is adjacent to the Buskin State Park, a beautiful area of Sitka spruce, alder, a major salmon stream (the Buskin River), and a coastal beach. Kodiak’s scenery is magnificent- steep mountains, hundreds of miles of shoreline, lakes, marshes, bogs and meadows. Lush vegetation blankets the mountains ranging from sedges, alders, and spruce to colorful wildflowers and berries. Wildlife viewing opportunities abound! The 1.9 million-acre Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge roughly encompasses the southwestern two thirds of Kodiak Island, Uganik Island, the Red Peaks area on Afognak Island, and all of Ban Island. Established in 1941, the refuge provides habitat for brown bear, salmon and other wildlife. The refuge is not accessible from the town of Kodiak; travel by boat or float plane is necessary. We do our best to provide at least on opportunity to visit the Refuge during your season.
  • General training will be provided on vehicle use and safety, first aid/CPR, and similar. We also provide the following training: bear safety, natural history of Kodiak, interpretive (public speaking) techniques, and educating for children.
  • On their own time and with interest, interns can volunteer for other agencies. Kodiak College offers opportunities for personal research and education. Interns may participate in the refuge bird banding program.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Visitor Services and Site Operations
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Customer Service
some experience
Money Handling
some experience
Community Engagement
some experience
Public Speaking
some experience