Teacher Ranger Teacher Program
The nationwide "Teacher-Ranger-Teacher" program is a great opportunity for an educator to work a National Park. Denali is one of the many parks that hires a teacher-ranger-teacher to assist our education team during the summer and bring the park back to their classroom in the fall.
Denali looks for enthusiastic teachers to complement our vibrant education and interpretation staff. Denali's TRT typically co-develops one major education project with the Parks education specialist. Past projects included developing Denali's distance learning programs, curricula for Denali Science School, summer science education programs, and curricula for Denali's park outreach education program. Candidates with graphic design and informal environmental education skills are preferred. The TRT is supervised by Denali's Education Team and is stationed at the Murie Science and Learning Center near the park entrance.
How to Apply
Denali National Park and Preserve did not participate in the TRT program in 2018. For future seasons, we accept applications at any point throughout the year. Any K-12 teacher can apply for a Teacher –Ranger –Teacher position. Please email us a cover letter, resume and references.
A variety of accredited teacher trainings are available through the Murie Science and Learning Center. Professional development credit is provided through the University of Alaska. Scholarships for teachers to attend MSLC field courses are available annually, with applications generally due in late January.
Most teacher field courses and workshops are coordinated by Alaska Geographic and are based from the MSLC field camp in Denali. The field camp is situated along the Teklanika River and makes an excellent launching point for Denali exploration.
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During a 2014 field course, PolarTREC instructor Bruce Taterka taught educators how to take complex science, like climate change research, and adapt it into a high school-appropriate lesson. PolarTREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating) is a National Science Foundation-funded program in which K-12 teachers spend 3-6 weeks participating in hands-on field research experiences in the polar regions. Learn more about PolarTREC at www.polartrec.com
Last updated: October 24, 2018