Visitor Services, Education & Outreach Intern

Expected Dates
September 9, 2019 to September 6, 2020
Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge
Position ID

Become a member of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge’s visitor center team in Homer, Alaska!

This position will work with a dynamic visitor services program, located at Islands & Ocean Visitor Center, presenting educational and interpretive programs, staffing the visitor center and providing information about the area, contributing to the Refuge’s social media page, and preparing the monthly newsletter. In addition to these primary duties, the intern will also have the opportunity to develop visual displays and exhibits, assist in bookstore operations, and perform roving interpretation on our nature trail.  This position is located in the Homer office, and will have 1 extended trip to Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.

These experiences will provide the intern with the opportunity to reach a diverse group of people and to develop knowledge and appreciation of the environment and the National Wildlife Refuge System.  During the season, the intern will have an opportunity to work with a variety of partners including government agencies, conservation organizations, and the refuge’s volunteer group.

Compensation amounts:

  • $1,300 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $200 - weekly living allowance
  • Housing

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

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

  • Located on the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula, Homer is a town of 5,000 residents and surrounded by ocean and wilderness. The temperatures in the summer are mild, averaging mid to high 60s, and winters are great for cross-country skiing. Homer offers a number of amenities including two grocery stores, a movie theater, and a number of restaurants and coffee shops.

    We are an interpretive center managed by USFWS, working to provide information and visitor services to individuals traveling to the end of the road, informing them about Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, and providing orientation to those recreating in the greater Kachemak Bay vicinity.

  • Agency orientation and visitor center operations, field trip across Kachemak Bay, week-long Master Naturalist course, first aid & CPR certification, interpretive program design and delivery.
  • Abundant opportunities for hiking, fishing, camping, kayaking, tidepooling, photography and more. Just across the Bay is the state’s only designated wilderness park where you can enjoy views of glaciers and marine wildlife, and over 90 miles of trails.
  • 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
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Bird Identification
some experience
Customer Service
competent without supervision
Social Media
competent with supervision
Leadership Experience
some experience
Public Speaking
competent without supervision