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involved_crewThere is so much to see and do at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. What better way than to be a biological intern or campground host. We have so many opportunities packed with fun and adventure.
 

Volunteering with Visitor Services

Do you enjoy helping people, sharing your skills and contributing to wildlife conservation? Through the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Volunteer Program, you can make a difference by participating in any of the following programs.

Volunteers assist with short term Refuge projects such as staffing the Visitor Center, assisting with environmental education programs, and participating in biology projects. Scouts, youth clubs, and community organizations help with projects requiring large group assistance, including litter pick-up, campground cleanup and trail maintenance.

Student Conservation Association Resource Assistants help in visitor services, backcountry, and biology programs. They commit to full-time, 12-16 week positions. Each resource assistant receives round trip travel to the Refuge, a weekly subsistence allowance and free housing.

Campground Hosts welcome campers and provide information about Refuge activities and facilities. They help with fee collection and light maintenance work. In return, a host receives free camping and a monthly subsistence allowance. Hosts are needed for a minimum of 16 weeks in the summer and usually arrive with their own RV and camping equipment.

Volunteers receive valuable training and experience working for the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Through their service, they develop new skills and feel a sense of accomplishment for their contributions and receive recognition for their contributions through awards and special events.

If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities at the Kenai Refuge please call 907-262-7021 or email us at kenai@fws.gov

Interning with the Biology Program

The Biology Program provides internships for professional biologists and students who are seeking more experience working on National Wildlife Refuges or in boreal forest ecosystems. Internships contribute greatly to the Biology Program's capacity to inventory, monitor, study and manage the Refuge's natural resources.  

Internships are developed around the interests of both the volunteer and the needs of the Biology Program. They may occur at any time of the year but generally during the summer months. General biological interns can expect to help with routine surveys including population monitoring of snowshoe hares, bald eagles and other breeding landbirds, invasive plants, and other vegetation. Basic GIS, database management, or taxonomic identification skills may be required as part of these general internships. Interns for special projects that require specialized training and/or a large field crew are sometimes recruited.

Graduate students may also be supported through a biological internship.  The details of such an internship will vary with the graduate research and depend on the degree to which refuge staff are involved in the study.

Summer interns receive safety training and general orientation to refuge programs during a one-week program in mid-May. Typically, this includes training in bear safety (required), first aid & CPR, aviation safety, and hand-held radio communication. Other training may be required to comply with policies; e.g., IT training if computer access is required. In addition, interns will receive project-specific training which may include use of GPS devices, radio telemetry equipment, and other specialized scientific equipment. 

Internships typically include office and field time outdoors in varying weather conditions.  Interns are required to provide personal clothing and outdoor gear to allow them to work outdoors in all conditions, but are typically provided knee boots, bear spray, mosquito repellent, and any project-specific field equipment. Interns will be provided with a work station if computer access is required as part of the internship.  Full-time interns who work more than two consecutive months are typically provided free housing, round-trip airfare, and a modest subsistence allowance ($25.00 per day). A government vehicle will be provided for work-related travel and may be provided for some after-work activities by interns staying in Refuge housing. 

If you are interested in learning more about internships with the Biology Program, please send a cover letter and resume to Dr. John Morton (Supervisory Biologist) at john_m_morton@fws.gov

 

Employment

For paid positions please visit USAJOBS online.

Youth Conservation Corp (YCC)

Since 1974, the Kenai NWR has maintained a successful Youth Conservation Corp program. High school students between the ages of 15-18 participate in an integrated program composed of resource conservation projects and environmental education activities. Applications are accepted each spring for this 8-week summer employment program. Equal numbers of young men and women are chosen through a random selection process.

Last Updated: Jan 31, 2014
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