Employment FAQ

Please read the questions below for information about employment at Kenai Fjords. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact the park's Human Resources Assistant at the Administrative office.

Q. What types of jobs are filled at Kenai Fjords National Park?

A. We fill permanent jobs (some year-round and some subject-to-furlough), term jobs (lasting from one to four years), and a variety of temporary and seasonal jobs.

Q. When is the peak summer season at Kenai Fjords National Park?

A. Peak season runs from approximately mid-May to mid-September. Many summer temporary jobs start earlier and continue later to help out with park spring opening and winter shutdown operations.

Q. When are summer temporary jobs at Kenai Fjords National Park announced?

A. Jobs are generally announced between mid-October and late-January of each year. Creating a saved search in USA Jobs can be a good way to not miss any announcements. Seasonal positions announced can include: Park Ranger (Interpretation), Park Ranger (Protection), Biological Science Technician (various specialties), Maintenance positions, Physical Science Technician, and possibly others, depending on the needs the Park has identified for a particular season.

Q. Is housing provided for summer temporary employees and volunteers?

A. Housing may be available for summer temporary employees and volunteers. Those who live in the Kenai Fjords National Park local-hire area are generally not eligible for summer housing. Rent for summer housing is deducted from an employee's biweekly paycheck.

Q. May someone who is not a United States citizen be hired for a job at Kenai Fjords National Park?

A. Employment with Kenai Fjords National Park is limited to United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island). However, if you are not a United States citizen or national, you may volunteer for the park or work with a non-Federal employer in the area.

Q. Will I be entitled to benefits if I am hired at Kenai Fjords National Park?

A. Permanent and term jobs offer a complete benefits package, including health and life insurance and an outstanding retirement program. Health insurance is also available to temporary hires working at least 90 days. Almost all jobs (those scheduled to last for at least 90 days) offer the opportunity to accrue annual leave and sick leave. Also, General Schedule (GS) employees in Alaska currently receive a 27% COLA (cost of living allowance) on top of the regular salary.

Q. Where can I learn about employment opportunities with other National Parks in the Alaska Region or with the National Park Service nationwide?

A. Current vacancy announcements for other National Park Service jobs may be found by searching on the Office of Personnel Management's USA Jobs website.

Last updated: November 2, 2017

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