Wildland INHT Recreation Intern

Expected Dates
January 27, 2020 to July 26, 2020
BLM Anchorage Field Office
Position ID
1. End date is flexible, may be extended.  Start date preferred to be as close as possible or ideally the same as specified start date, but some flexibility is possible.
2. Please provide a resume with references along with SCA application.
3. Applicant should know if they are allergic to bee stings or other biting insects and is responsible for providing personal ‘epi-pen’ allergic response shot.

Position Description
Position will provide support for, and act as a crew member for field operations undertaken by BLM Anchorage Field Office (AFO) along the Iditarod National Historic Trail INHT). BLM AFO is the federal administrator for the Iditarod National Historic Trail, and is responsible for BLM owned segments of the trail in interior Alaska, along with providing technical assistance to trail partners. For more information on the trail, see http://www.blm.gov/alaska/iditarod.

Project work goals include successful and safe maintenance and improvements to public shelter cabins located on remote sections of the Iditarod NHT, aviation mobilization and staging of trail marking materials and safety signs, fabrication and packaging of the previously mentioned materials, burned area fire restoration project support, participation in other remote AFO (non-Iditarod) field projects (depending on timing), and support and involvement in BLM Campbell Tract Facility recreation managment projects (as needed). For Iditarod projects, successful candidate will work in small teams of 2 to 4 persons in a remote field setting, staging out of rural Alaskan villages.

Iditarod NHT projects involve and rely on charter helicopter for project mobilization and support; selected candidate should be comfortable in small fixed wing and rotary aircraft, and not be afraid of heights. Aircraft charters will take place subject to extensive DOI policy and procedures. Field operations will take place in very remote locations, subject to extreme insects (mosquitoes), in trail-less tussock/sedge tundra and taiga vegetation communities with extremely difficult walking conditions, with extended duty day hours (up to 12 hours or more) when in the field.

Selected candidate should have familiarity with and be comfortable with remote overnight camping, backpacking and field operations, adverse weather conditions, nearly infinite biting insects (mosquitoes), along with safe operations in bear country. First aid training preferable but not necessary. Other duties will include lifting or moving heavy materials and/or field equipment, digging and grubbing around built sites, carpentry including lumber measuring, cutting, and nailing/screwing, exterior painting, trail marker fabrication, palletizing, banding and installation, quantity estimating and ordering, invasive weed removal (manual), and cabin site cleanup. Also will involve use of satellite phones for flight following, programming and use of remote signalling devices (e.g., SPOT), GPS for navigation and site recording, and use of maps for project planning and navigation. Skill and experience in all of these areas desirable; similar experiences and skills indicating ability to successfully learn skills, overcome obstacles, and complete mission / projects will be considered.

Additional duties will include coordinating recreation and IDHT related events from Anchorage during the winter time season and producing communication materials for the BLM during this timeframe. 

Compensation amounts:
  • $1,300 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $1,000 - monthly housing allowance
  • $250 - weekly living allowance
  • $1000 - duty related travel 
  • AmeriCorps eligible ($2,907 education award and health insurance if elected)

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

  • Anchorage, AK
  • Dept. of Interior basic aviation safety trng., helicopter crew member safety trng, bear/wildlife safety trng., other miscellaneous safety or remote field ops training
  • Anchorage AK offers a virtually unlimited variety of wildland recreation opportunities while providing all the amenities of a medium-size American city, including the Univ. of AK Anchorage.
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Recreation Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Social Sciences
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
competent with supervision
competent with supervision
competent with supervision
Hand Tools
competent with supervision
Community Engagement
competent with supervision