Current Volunteer Opportunities
NPS Academy 2014 Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska
The Student Conservation Association (SCA) and the National Park Service (NPS) are looking for young Alaskans interested in discovering and exploring the many career opportunities available in today's Park Service. In this unique opportunity, participants will gain valuable work experience as well as access to key leaders within NPS. Successful candidates will come equipped with enthusiasm, professionalism, and a strong work ethic. The NPS Academy maximizes career opportunities with the National Park Service through training and hands-on experiences.
Phase 1: NPS Academy Spring Break Orientation,
Phase 2: Internship with NPS, Summer 2014
Phase 3: Outreach, Fall 2014
Phase 4: Career Placement, Ongoing
Alaska applicants: please contact recruiter Jeff Chen firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text 907-717-8414 for more details and an application fee waiver, or the Denali National Park and Preserve Volunteer Office at 907-683-9504 or e-mail.
Download NPS Academy Alaska 2014 flyer (pdf, 423kb)
The volunteer program at Denali
In their own words
"Volunteering at Denali National Park was a once in a lifetime experience. We were fortunate enough to work at Eielson Visitor Center ... and live at Toklat in the interior of the park. Wow! The people were absolutely wonderful. They were totally accepting of us and included us in all activities as if we were park service employees. Some have become lifelong friends. Their trust in us allowed us to staff the visitor center solo, give campground talks at Wonder Lake, and lead Discovery Hikes, our favorite activity.
We experienced bears just about every day. A nearby pack of wolves with six pups provided entertainment and inspiration. The views of "the mountain" were unbelievable. Hiking in the wilderness gave us a sense of life there and a sense of ourselves. We hope we were able to give a tiny bit back for what we received from the experience."
Bill and Barbara Wellman, 2004
"Spring newborns ... rushing streams ... beautiful flowers ... rugged, snow-capped mountains ... acres of untouched wilderness ... close-up sightings of wildlife living in their natural habitat, unaffected by human interference ... spectacular colors ... places to explore ... majesty Mount McKinley ... new friends! What better place than Denali National Park and Preserve to volunteer!"
Ron and Beth Shugan
Teklanika Campground hosts, 2006 - 09
America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Volunteer Pass
This pass is for volunteers acquiring 500 service hours on a cumulative basis. Valid for a year from the date of being awarded, it provides access to, and use of, federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee. The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas and admits the pass holder plus three other adults at per-person fee areas. Children under 16 are admitted free.
Student Conservation Association (SCA)
Each summer, Denali National Park recruits a limited number of young students from the non-profit Student Conservation Association. Student interns engage in activities such as trail work, interpretive duties, resource management, and working with the park sled dogs. Students who successfully complete their commitments may apply for the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. Learn more about the SCA or AmeriCorps
If you have further questions, please contact:
Denali National Park and Preserve
P.O. Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755
907-683-9504 or e-mail.
Did You Know?
In 1908, Charles Sheldon – a hunter and naturalist – described in his journal the idea of a park that would allow visitors to enjoy the beauty he saw while visiting Alaska. In 1917 his vision became reality, with the creation of Mount McKinley National Park.