U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Employment Opportunities

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Are you looking for a way to make a living AND a difference for wildlife?

Current Opportunities

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Are you just beginning your search for employment opportunities with the Fish & Wildlife Service and want to learn more? Interested in learning what career potential there is? Continue below.

FWS Volunteer holding four lynx kittens with ear tags
Hank Timm (volunteer and retired Tetlin NWR biologist) with ear tagged Canada lynx kittens at den site. Photo Credit: USFWS

Students & Youth

Looking for internships and youth opportunities? The Fish & Wildlife Service in Alaska has several programs and partners through which we offer opportunities for youth to experience working in Alaska.

See Below

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What Service Career is Right for You?

Fisheries scientist Aaron Moses standing in front of purple wildflowers
Fisheries scientist Aaron Moses

Field Scientists

Do you pay attention to detail? Do you have the energy to hike and perform physical activities when doing field research? Are you comfortable working in a team?

You could be: a Wildlife Biologist, a Fisheries Biologist, a Hydrologist, or an Archaeologist for the Service.

Field scientists monitor the health of Alaska’s fish and wildlife populations and their habitats. Their field research informs management decisions regarding climate change, endangered species, international treaties, cultural resources, and land use.

Natural Resource Managers

Do you like analyzing complex problems? Do you enjoy working with others to find innovative solutions? Are you diplomatic? You could be: a Wildlife Refuge Manager, a Natural Resource Planner, an Endangered Species Coordinator, an Anthropologist, a Law Enforcement Officer or a Landscape Architect for the Service.

Natural Resources Managers work with neighbors, tribes, community organizations and the public to represent the interests of wildlife in land-use planning and management, enforcement and restoration. 


Are you outgoing? Are you able to express complex ideas in ways others can understand? Do you enjoy connecting people to nature through recreation and education?

You could be a: Park RangerInterpretive SpecialistEnvironmental Educator, or a Public Affairs Specialist for the Service.

Program Support Professionals

Are you passionate about wildlife conservation, but not pursuing a natural resource related degree?

You could be a specialist in:
Budget and Finance, Contracting, Human Resources, Information Technology, Maintenance, or Engineering for the Service.

Carissa working in the USFWS Fisheries Genetics Lab.
Carissa working in the USFWS Fisheries Genetics Lab. Photo credit: USFWS

Students & Internships

We are seeking talented students from a wide range of career paths and backgrounds for employment with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. From arctic tundra to Aleutian coastline, we offer unique jobs conserving the nature of Alaska. You will gain valuable work skills and life experience at one of our national wildlife refuges, fisheries and ecological services field offices, or regional office.

To learn more about student opportunities, download a copy of our "Working in Alaska, not your average nine to five job" leaflet and watch "Youth + Conservation Jobs=Great Mix" to the right.



Youth Internship Opportunities

YCC Program

The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is a summer employment program for young men and women age 15 through 18, who work, learn, and earn together by doing projects on public lands. Work projects last approximately eight weeks. Enrollees work a standard 40-hour work week, 8 hours/ day. Each program is unique and each day brings its own set of challenges an experiences. Projects may include trail building, improving wildlife habitat, boundary sign posting, invasive plant control, bird banding, simple construction, office work and general maintenance activities.

Since 1970 the Youth Conservation Corps program has operated as a work-earn-learn program for youth. as provided for in Public Law 91-378, 1970, as amended. The program is administered by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife, National Park Service, and U.S. Department of Agriculture - Forest Service. Currently there are two National Wildlife Refuges with YCC programs, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Soldotna, Alaska and Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge, Tok, Alaska.

The purpose of the Youth Conservation Corps program is to further the development and maintenance of the natural resources of the United States by America's youth, and in so doing to prepare them for the ultimate responsibility of maintaining and managing these resources for the American people.

  • Accomplish needed conservation work on public lands.
  • Provide gainful employment for 15 through 18 year old males and females from all social, economic, ethnic, and racial classifications.
  • Develop an understanding and appreciation in participating youth of the Nation's natural environment and heritage.

Youth are provided an opportunity to increase their self-esteem and learn self-discipline. They learn work ethics and relate with peers and supervisors, and build lasting cultural bridges between youth from various social, economic, ethnic, and racial backgrounds. Work projects last approximately eight weeks.

Who is eligible? 
Applicants must be citizens of the United States and must be 15 years of age by June 1, and not over 19 years of age by August 30 of that year. The program is open to 15 through 18 year-old male and females from all social, economic, ethnic, and racial classifications.

What are the benefits? 
Applicants selected are paid the prevailing Federal or State minimum wage - whichever is higher. Youth develop an appreciation of the nation's natural environment and heritage from their environmental and work experience.

Youth Conservation Crews in Alaska
For more information or to submit your YCC application contact the appropriate work site.
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (Arctic Village, AK)
Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (Soldotna, AK)   
Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge (Kodiak, AK)
Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge (Homer, AK)

2013 Kenai YCC
2013 Kenai YCC Participants

Build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land.  Read more on  Student Conservation Association

Help Alaska Refuge and Visitor Services, backcountry, and biology programs: They commit to full-time, 12-16 week positions. Each assistant receives round trip travel to the Refuge, a weekly subsistence allowance and free housing.

Internships are posted as they become available:  Positions


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