Support Your Park
Volunteers in the Park
Every year the park is supported by a wide range of volunteer efforts. Due to the remote nature of the park, volunteers usually work full-time for two weeks to 3 months. Volunteers assist park staff with a range of responsibilities. Examples include 1) staffing remote ranger stations such as the one at Chinitna Bay where they educate visitors regarding proper bear safety and viewing etiquette, pick up trash, and perform carpentry work according to their skill level. 2) Developing original writing, photography, and fine arts pieces for use by the park in communicating with the public (all work done as a park volunteer becomes public domain). 3) Assisting with visitor operations at the visitor center in Port Alsworth and conducting education programs for youth. 4) Assisting with digital media development and photographic inventory organization. Because of the rugged and remote Alaskan wilderness nature of the park all volunteer opportunities require a significant level of physical fitness, wilderness skill, and self-reliance.
The Park's management needs change on an annual basis. Therefore the best way of finding out about volunteer opportunities is to call the park at 907-781-2218. Please be prepared to tell us what kinds of skills you can offer so that we can direct your inquiry to the appropriate park operation.
2013 Update: Due to restricted funding to support our volunteer efforts, the park is not using volunteers this summer for less than a full season's time length. If you have less than a full summer to volunteer we encourage you to contact another park or organization to serve. Thank you for your interest and willingness to assist Lake Clark.
Student Conservation Association
The Park also works with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) to fill volunteer internship positions for a 10 week minimum length. Participants do not need to be students.
Interested in National Park Service-wide Volunteer Information?
The park also gratefully accepts donations of photographs from visitors to the park who are not part of our Volunteers in the Parks program. Signed photo releases are required from all human photo subjects. Disks of photos and photo releases may be mailed to: Megan Richotte, Chief of Interpretation, Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, General Delivery, Port Alsworth, AK 99653. Please be sure to send only your best professional quality photos with titles and locations attached. Photos donated to the National Park Service will become property of the National Park Service and will be used in the public domain. Efforts will be made to credit the photographer.
The Park gratefully accepts financial donations. Checks may be made out to Lake Clark National Park and Preserve and mailed to:
Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
240 W. 5th Ave, Suite 236
Anchorage, AK 99501
Please specify that you intend to make a donation to the park. Unless otherwise specified, donations are put to the highest priority of the park as determined by the superintendent.
Did You Know?
Dena'ina Athabascan people in the Lake Clark area preserve salmon by drying and smoking, as their ancestors have done for thousands of years.