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. Generally, your application material should reflect that you lived or worked in the Denali National Park and Preserve local hire area each month of the year at some point in time.

You need to prepare a thorough explanation of how your unique circumstances meet the intent of ANILCA by responding to the Supplemental Questionnaire included in the local hire announcement package. If you fail to sufficiently document your local status, your application could be disqualified. Information such as personal knowledge of the candidate by the rater or previously submitted applications cannot be used in making a determination about your local hire status for the position for which you are currently applying. Therefore, please be thorough in providing answers as to what your special knowledge of the area’s cultural and/or natural resources is, how you came to possess your knowledge, and when (inclusive dates) you obtained your knowledge.

NOTE: Those candidates who have previously worked at Denali National Park and Preserve must re-qualify for local hire under the guidelines outlined above to be considered for a new position.

Last updated: April 14, 2015

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