Visitor Services Intern

Expected Dates
August 12, 2019 to December 1, 2019
Chugach National Forest
Position ID
The intern will be responsible for working with USFS staff at the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center to implement the Every Kid in a Park programming. The bulk of the work will take place on the Chugach National Forest at the visitor center and surrounding Portage Valley. 

Duties and responsibilities willl include:
  • Assisting forest staff and partners in the delivery of youth programming aimed at connecting 4th graders to the Chugach National Forest at the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center.
  • Working with day camps, youth organizations and schools to schedule, organize and lead field trips to the visitor center and Portage Valley. Intern will work with a variety of forest staff and partners to develop and deliver these educational programs and field trips.
  • Working to promote recently developed educational materials targeted at 4thgraders (Jr Ranger, Family Field guide and Agents of Discovery) and helping assess usefulness of materials, while making recommendations for improvements.
  • Assisting Forest staff with promoting Every Kid activities/opportunities at ongoing events across the district such as Kids Fishing Day, National Get Outdoors Day, etc.
  • Developing and delivering of interpretive programming at the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center and with partners.

Desired skill sets include:

  • Experience/ability to work with kids
  • Public speaking
  • Ability to write and communicate well with diverse audiences
  • Creativity and a positive attitude J
  • Enjoys working outdoors in a variety of settings and weather conditions


  • $1,300 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $280 - weekly living allowance
  • $370 - monthly housing allowance (to pay for USFS bunkhouse housing)
  • AmeriCorps eligible ($1,566 education award)

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

  • Begich, Boggs Visitor Center - Portage Valley Alaska
  • This position will have the opportunity to take part in the annual seasonal interpretive training that occurs in May at the Begich Boggs Visitor Center.
  • This position will be exposed to a variety of career professionals in the FS - at times there may opportunities for on the job training with the different staff. Portage Valley also hosts an incredibly variety of recreational opportunities
  • Training on how to develop, deliver, and modify education and interpretation programs. 
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Visitor Services and Site Operations
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Customer Service
some experience
Leadership Experience
some experience
Public Speaking
some experience
Working with Children
some experience