Jobs - Local Hire Authority Openings

Every current local hire authority job opening will be posted here. Most jobs are posted in mid-winter, though jobs do open other times of the year.

The text below, in the "Title, Grade" column, links to specific information for each job announcement.

Recruitment Bulletin Number Title, Grade Dates Open Salary


Biological Science Technician (Wildlife), GS-0404-07

1/13/22 – 1/26/22

$25.02 per hour


Administrative Support Assistant (OA), GS-0303-5

1/13/22 – 1/26/22

$20.20 per hour


Budget Analyst, GS-0560-7/9

1/13/22 – 1/26/22

$25.03 per hour


Application Information

Before you apply for a position with Denali National Park & Preserve, be sure to review the entire vacancy announcement carefully. Each vacancy announcement contains specific information about the duties of the position and the qualifications required.

Special application policies are in effect only during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. All applications must be postmarked or received via email by the closing date of the announcement.

Application Tips

Preparing an application for a Federal government job is a little different than preparing one for other employers.

Remember: Lengthy applications are common and preferred!

When you apply for a position with Denali National Park & Preserve, you must submit your resume. Your resume must include:

  • Recruitment bulletin number of the position for which you are applying.
  • For each period of employment listed in your resume, include: the dates worked (for example, June 2009 through August 2010), the position title, and employer name.
  • Veteran’s preference eligibility, if applicable
  • Education completed. List names and addresses of schools attended, major(s), degree(s) earned, and year(s) received.
  • Other information relevant to the position for which you are applying, such as job-related training courses, job-related skills, current job-related certificates and licenses, etc.

Local Hire Eligibility Requirements Bulletin

The National Park Service in Alaska announces many of its job openings through a “local hire” appointing authority that was established under the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of 1980 (ANILCA) (Public Law 96-487). Under the local hire program, only persons who have either lived or worked in or near particular public lands may apply for consideration. These individuals, by virtue of having lived or worked in the area, have special knowledge and expertise concerning the natural and/or cultural resources of the public land and its management.

The following specific criteria must be met to be considered “eligible” under local hire announcements for positions at Denali National Park and Preserve:

  • You must show that you possess special knowledge of the cultural and/or natural resources of Denali National Park and Preserve and/or the surrounding area by virtue of having lived or worked in or near the area. Keeping in mind the Congressional intent of ANILCA, a person living in or near public lands in Southeast Alaska would not be considered eligible for a position in Interior Alaska, or vice-versa. However, a long-time resident in one area might be eligible for a job in another area by virtue of being a frequent visitor to both areas for subsistence gathering, etc. Occasional camping, hunting, or fishing trips to public lands does not suffice for meeting the intent of the law. The qualifying local hire area for Denali National Park and Preserve has generally been defined as the area ranging from Nenana to Talkeetna along the road corridor. It also includes other areas surrounding the Park boundary, such as Lake Minchumina.
  • You must show that you lived or worked in the Denali National Park and Preserve local hire area long enough to encompass the full range of typical climatic conditions (i.e., all seasons of the year). The phrase “lived or worked” is not time-defined in the law; however, the Congressional intent of ANILCA is to provide employment opportunities to local residents who possess special knowledge/expertise about the cultural and/or natural resources of Denali National Park and Preserve. Applicants must be or have been full-time local residents of the area. This might include someone who was once a resident, moved away, but is reestablishing his/her local residency. In all cases, applicants must have been a resident for a long enough period of time to have acquired the special natural and/or cultural resource knowledge required by the position. Strictly summer seasonal residency is not considered sufficient time to have obtained adequate special knowledge or expertise to qualify under the local hire authority.

Local hire eligibility will be determined by the hiring official via the job interview and the resume submitted by the applicant.

Last updated: January 22, 2022

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