Alaska Region
Conserving the Nature of America

Alaska is divided into six general regions South Central, Southeast, Southwest, Interior, North Slope and the Aleutian Islands.  The Service has a presence in all of these regions from. Our most northern and smallest office is located in Barrow. Our Fairbanks office houses staff working on projects and refuges throughout Interior Alaska. Our regional headquarters and multiple offices are located in South Centrea including Anchorage and Soldotna. Homer which is home to Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge protects islands throughout the Aleutians. Finally, in the Southeast the staff at the Juneau Fish and Wildlife Field Office work to protect endangered species, fishereies habitat and more.

All offices are located in what would be considered rural communities in the lower 48 states.  Even Anchorage, which boasts a population of 350,000, contains vast open spaces, and frequenbear and mose sightings.

Some of our field stations (Dillingham, Galena, McGrath, Cold Bay, King Salmon, Kotzebue, Bethel and more) are off the road system and only accessible by boat or plane.``


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Most of the field work done with the Service in Alaska is completed during the short summer season from May to August. Many field biologists, archeolgists, hydrologists, naturalists, and environmental educatiors ventrue ouside their office walls to remote field camp for weeks to months at a time.

Below is a list of things you might be asked to do at field camp.  

1. Carry 50 pounds of gear through shoulder-high grass up slope on a remote island to chase and capture geese.

2. Navigate through dense, wet Katmai forests while warning bears of your progress  with creative vocal warnings. Photo-document wetlands. Keep camera in focus while backing away from bear.

3. Stay up all “day” (never mind that in summer, “night” never comes and “day” lasts for four months).

4. Spend inordinate amounts of time waiting for airplanes in bad weather.

But Seriously. . . field seasons in Alaska can be pretty tough, but you are rewarded by experiencing extraordinary scenic beauty while getting paid, gaining invaluable field skills, and contributing to the conservation of Arctic and subarctic ecosystems.

Still want to help, but field camp not for you? The USFWS hires a variety of professionals including budget analysts, planners, cartographers and contracting specialists who work in climate controlled office environments, but still support our conservation mission.


Last Updated: December 15, 2011