A wide variety of exciting and challenging employment opportunities await you at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve. We fill positions in many fields, including interpretation, maintenance, administration, resource management, education, law enforcement, and visitor services. Some jobs are office-oriented, others focus on working with the public, and some involve working outdoors. Each job performs a vital function - that of providing visitors an opportunity to enjoy a unique experience, while working hard to preserve natural and cultural resources for future generations.

Wrangell-St. Elias hires employees a variety of ways. Most jobs are announced nationwide through the federal government job website: USAJobs.gov. In addition, some positions are hired separately through a "local hire" job authority and are available to qualified local residents only (typically residents of the Copper River Valley area).

The Federal government is an equal opportunity employer. Selections will be made solely on the basis of merit, fitness, and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, marital status, political affiliation, national origin, physical handicap, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors.

Student Conservation Association

The park hires interns through the Student Conservation Association (SCA) each summer. Positions advertised may include internships in the different park departments:

Natural Resources / Exotic Plant Management
Interpretation & Visitor Services
Information Technology (IT)
GIS Support
Cultural Resources
Visitor Resource Protection / Backcountry Ranger

Click here to search and apply for SCA positions.


Local Hire or Remote & Isolated Duty Station Opportunities

JOBS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE ALASKA LOCAL HIRE PROGRAM--PUBLIC LAW 96-487: 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. Local hire eligibility will be determined by the hiring official via the job interview and the resume submitted by the applicant.

Other Hiring Authority sometimes available: 213.3102(i)(1) Remote & Isolated Duty Station. (RI) which does not require any local residency requirement.

Before you apply for a position with Wrangell-St. Elias 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.
All application materials need to be submitted according to the instructions in the vacancy announcement.

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve is accepting applications for the following positions.
Please click on the announcement link below to download the PDF for application information.


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Jobs with Park Partners

Alaska Geographic (non-profit park bookstore).

Ahtna Cultural Center -- C'ek'aedi Hwnax 'Legacy House'

Located next to the Wrangell-St. Elias Visitor Center in Copper Center. Call ahead since operating hours may vary (907) 822-5955. The cultural center is operated by Ahtna, Inc. Please visit their website at www.ahtna.com for more information about employment and internship opportunities.

Last updated: June 13, 2024

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Mailing Address:

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve
PO Box 439
Mile 106.8 Richardson Highway

Copper Center, AK 99573


907 822-5234

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