Internship- Recreation Program Placement

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Position Summary

Interns will serve with the Tongass National Forest, Juneau Ranger District to help maintain recreation sites. The two interns will work together most of the time with Forest Service staff on various projects throughout the district. Interns should be prepared to fly, boat, travel by train, but mostly drive and hike to work sites on a regular basis. The position requires being outdoors in a cool, wet environment each day as well as daily hiking, lifting, and carrying heavy loads. There isn't any computer work involved in this position.


June 3, 2024 - September 22, 2024

Key Duties and Responsibilities

Developed Recreation Project Details;
The Developed Recreation Sites are two campgrounds, three day-use picnic areas, and numerous trailheads. Hours are generally 7:00am start to 3:30pm. The intern generally works a 5-day work week which may include weekends and holidays. Driving and using power tools is required. Tasks may include trash removal, cleaning outhouses, sweeping, pressure washing, painting, splitting and delivery of firewood, educating public on rules and etiquette, support of campground hosts, brush removal, culvert maintenance, digging, raking, fencing, bridge building, construction, and carpentry projects;

Cabins and Trails Project Details;
Assignments at the remote public-use cabins include a 3-to-6-mile hike in and staying several nights at the cabin then hiking out with a heavy load. Tasks vary and may include solid waste removal, trash removal, cleaning outhouses, digging a new outhouse hole, cleaning the interior and exterior of cabins, sanding and painting, brush removal and landscaping, sweeping, pressure washing, construction and carpentry, patching boats, and assorted other maintenance tasks;

Trail maintenance projects may also involve extended stays at remote cabins. Work typically involves hiking with a heavy pack and carrying and using hand tools. Trail maintenance typically consists of clearing brush, digging drainage ditches, constructing tread using native materials as well as milled lumber and gravel, constructing and/or repairing bridges, and may involve working around heavy equipment;

Marginal Duties

Required Qualifications

Driver's license

Preferred Qualifications


40 per week

Living Accommodations

The interns will be housed at the Juneau Ranger District bunkhouse but may also be housed during work trips in public use cabins. Work schedules and assignments will vary depending on environmental conditions and specific projects available. The work requires flexibility to adapt to various situations that may arise. Safety is always a priority within the scope of work. The interns will read and sign a Job Hazard Analysis for each activity. The interns will work with a Forest Service Crew Leader for more complex projects but may work independently once comfortable with basic day-to-day tasks.


$1,300 - RT travel allowance to work site and back;
$425 - weekly living allowance;
$700 - Monthly housing allowance;
Up to $300 - duty-related travel reimbursements;
$200 - duty-related gear reimbursements;

All allowances are subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes.

Personal Vehicle Information

Not needed

Additional Benefits

Bear Safety
Defensive Drive Training
Off-Road Vehicle Safety
AmeriCorps: Not Eligible

Equal Opportunity Statement

SCA strives to cultivate a work environment that encourages fairness, teamwork, and respect among all staff members. SCA is committed to maintaining a work atmosphere in which people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles may grow personally and professionally. The Student Conservation Association, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

Physical requirements and working conditions specific to the position are available in the full job description.