• 23-Jan-2018 to 02-Mar-2018 (EST)
  • Environmental Education
  • Juneau, AK, USA
  • Other
  • Internship

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In partnership with the US Forest Service, MobilizeGreen is seeking a Resource Assistant to join the staff at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center as an Interpretation and Conservation Education Intern. The Mendenhall Glacier is located on the Tongass National Forest in Juneau, Alaska. The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center includes the center and approximately 40 acres of public land. Our mission is to further the knowledge and enjoyment of glacial phenomena and the surrounding environment. Hosting over half a million visitors annually, Mendenhall Glacier is one of Alaska's top attractions, largely due to an easily accessible glacier and excellent wildlife viewing, including black bear and spawning salmon. It's Juneau's backyard glacier!

There are about 30 staff at the Mendenhall Glacier during the summer months and 10 in the winter. This includes a MobilizeGreen resource assistant, Student Conservation Association interns (summer only), temporary seasonal interpretive park rangers (summer only), permanent seasonal interpretive park rangers, custodial/maintenance staff, and leadership. In addition, we share the building with our partner Discovery Southeast, a local environmental education non-profit who operates the Mendenhall Glacier interpretive bookstore. As a resource assistant, you will be integrated into our interpretive program and wear a Forest Service uniform. With the large staff size and number of returning staff, you will have many opportunities for both formal and informal mentoring as you gain experience in the field.

Term: 11 months beginning April 16th; 40 hours/week


  • $500/week stipend/living allowance for full-time work
  • $500/month housing allowance (government housing is available)
  • Travel to and from site
  • 2-year non-competitive hiring certificate (after successful completion of 960 hours)
  • Hands on learning and job training experience in an incredible environment
  • 2 weeks formal interpretive and resource training

Duties and Responsibilities:

Summer (April-September)

  • Provide roving interpretation on topics ranging from glaciers to wildlife such as black bears, mountain goats, porcupines, and salmon.
  • Staff information stations to answer visitor questions
  • Develop and present short formal interpretive programs
  • Staff the Discovery Zone, a hands-on program for kids
  • Work in a busy, fast paced environment with over 5,000 visitors each day
  • Manage people around wildlife, including black bears (training is provided)
  • Work as a team
  • Assist with a variety of duties associated with the day-to-day operations of the visitor center

Winter (October-mid March)

  • Staff the visitor center (open 3 days/week)
  • Lead school field trips for grades kindergarten through middle school
  • Assist with special events
  • Assist with special projects such as the Discovery Agents app or Oncell app 


Required Skills:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Interest working with visitors from around the world and of all ages
  • Ability to speak in front of large groups of people
  • Ability to work a job that keeps you on your feet almost all day long
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Ability to approach and engage visitors
  • Excellent customer service skills


Preferred Qualifications:

  • An undergraduate degree
  • Must be available to start work on April 16th, 2018 in Juneau, Alaska - NO EXCEPTIONS


Work Environment and Physical Demands:

The position is full time, 40 hours/week and includes evening and weekend work. As mentioned, the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center is located in Juneau. Juneau is only accessible by plane or boat. There are no roads going in or out of town.

Time is spent both indoors and outdoors on a daily basis. Being in a temperate rain forest, our climate is cool and rainy. Juneau receives approximately 100 inches of rain a year and has an average summer temperature of about 55 degrees and winter temperature of about 30 degrees. You must be comfortable working outdoors in this climate.

If interested, government housing is available. Housing is a 2 bedroom/2 bathroom apartment shared by up to 4 people. The apartments are located just under 2 miles from the visitor center. There is a nice walking path from housing to the visitor center. There is a city bus stop near housing. It does not go to the visitor center, but it does go to grocery stores, downtown, etc. Available government housing is approximately $16.00/night.



  • U.S. Citizen 
  • Availability to start on April 16, 2018

To apply:

Please submit a resume and a cover letter stating why you are interested in this position and what you hope to learn from it.


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