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Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve Employment

Thanks for your interest in employment at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve. We encourage all interested and qualified persons to apply for jobs. You must be a United States citizen to be eligible for consideration for employment. Certain jobs may also have age and physical qualifications. Generally, you must be at least 18 years of age. The National Park Service fills all positions in accord with U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) regulations. Normally, a person seeking an initial appointment to a permanent position must gain eligibility on an appropriate OPM register.

How Jobs Are Filled:

Federal agencies fill jobs in several ways, but most jobs are filled via the federal government's official jobs site: USAJOBS. This is where most seasonal (temporary) positions are posted. Permanent positions are posted here as well, but not all permanent jobs are open to external applicants. Agencies can: promote an employee, hire an employee who wants to transfer from another agency, reinstate a former Federal employee, or request the names of applicants from an OPM register. Most career employees begin as seasonal or temporary.

If you are pursuing your first federal government position, the best source of information is the job announcement. It will explain what the job duties are, what experience or education is necessary to qualify, the pay, and where to send your application. For more help with your application, visit USAJOBS, the Federal Government's one-stop source for Federal jobs and employment information, at or call 1-478-757-3000 or TDD 1-478-744-2299.

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Job Openings at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve

In general most seasonal, summer positions are posted between the months of January and April. However, please check this webpage periodically throughout the year for new positions.

Here are jobs that are currently posted to USAJOBS.

Click on the announcement (left-most column) to view more details of each position.

Announcement # Title Issue Date Closing Date Pay Rate
WRST1412094DEED Dispatcher
$17.92/ hour





$22.20/ hour

Here are jobs that are currently posted under the Alaska Local Hire Program (Public Law 96-487).

Eligibility to Apply: Any U.S. citizen who has acquired special knowledge or expertise regarding the natural or cultural resources of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, by reason of having either lived or worked in or near the park. This level of knowledge would be acquired by having lived or worked in or near the park for at least 12 months, to include all four seasons. Short seasonal residency is not qualifying as this would not provide the level of knowledge or expertise that is gained through experiencing the range of climactic conditions and associated impacts on the resources. Please see the individual announcement for more information.

Click on the announcement (left-most column) to view more details of each position.

Announcement # Title Issue Date Closing Date Pay Rate


Work Opportunities for Youth

If you are between the ages of 15 and 18 and would like to work for Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, the YCC (Youth Conservation Corps) provides exciting, paid opportunities. For more information, follow this link.

Volunteer Opportunities at Wrangell St. Elias

The park has volunteer and internship positions available each summer. Many of these positions are posted through the Student Conservation Association (SCA). To find out more information about volunteering in Wrangell-St. Elias, Volunteers in the Wrangells.

What is it like to work & live here?

Facilities & Housing Guide (pdf format, 2.5 MB)
Guide to area communities, park offices, and housing options for each district.

Employment Forms:
These forms may be needed when applying to positions or after a position has been offered to you. Please refer to individual job announcements for a list of required forms that you must submit.

OF-306 (pdf format, 374 KB)
Declaration For Federal Employment

DI-1935 (pdf format, 128 KB)
Optional Form For Federal Employment

Ranger on patrol!

Hiking on one of many glaciers within the park.


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