Wilderness Intern

Expected Dates
May 13, 2019 to August 31, 2019
Chugach National Forest
Position ID
Intern will perform a combination of office and field work for the Glacier Ranger District wilderness and recreation programs. Office work may comprise up to 40% of duties and will include data entry and analysis for wilderness resource monitoring. Field work for the wilderness program will comprise up to 20% of duties and include travel in Prince William Sound to assist with public contacts, assessing resource conditions, restoring sites, removing litter or invasive species, and trail or cabins maintenance. In Prince William Sound, intern will travel primarily by boat, foot, and potentially infrequent kayak travel. Fieldtrips of 2-8 days will occur and will require camping, hiking, sleeping on a boat, and exposure to cool, wet weather and rough terrain. Intern must work well with others, work well independently, be self-motivated, and respond well to changes due to weather, personnel, and other factors. Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, Google Earth, and other programs is helpful.
The remainder of the internship (40%) will entail work with the trails, cabins, and developed recreation crews. Duties may include clearing trails of downed trees and brush; maintaining and installing new trail drainage structures such as waterbars, ditches, culverts, and drainage dips; improving and constructing trail structures such as turnpikes, causeways and bridges; educating the public about forest resources; maintaining and improving remote public use cabins; picking up garbage at frontcountry recreation facilities and cleaning restrooms. Work will often times be in remote locations, requiring either long hikes, boat rides, or train transport for project access.
Compensation amounts:
$1,300 - one time RT travel allowance
$280 - weekly living allowance
$370 - monthly housing allowance (for USFS bunkhouse housing)
AmeriCorps eligible ($1,566 education award)
*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local allowances
*Please note that AmeriCorps awards for this position are on a first-come-first-serve basis and may or may not be available at the time of hire.
  • Girdwood, Alaska
  • 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.
  • Learn about working for the US Forest Service, and implementing conservation projects.

    The area offers world-class hiking, mountain biking, fishing, boating, skiing.

    • S212 certification
    • Bear safety training
    • Basic trail maintenance skills
  • Chainsaw
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
some experience
some experience
competent with supervision
Hand Tools
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience
Orienteering compass skills
competent with supervision