Job Overview


Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service.  Become a part of our mission to unite our past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations

This position is located at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve headquarters in Copper Center, Alaska.  Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve is located in the SE portion of South Central Alaska. Copper Center and adjacent Glennallen are small rural communities, with low population, and basic amenities as well as clinic, chiropractor, and a dental office. Elementary and high schools and a Jr. College are located within commuting distance. Recreational opportunities exist all times of the year. The park is accessible from Anchorage (approximately 200 miles distant) via the Glenn Highway (Alaska 1), or from the Canadian border at Tok. The Tok Cutoff coming south from the Alaska Highway borders the northwestern corner of the park. Additional information about the park can be found at:

This is a permanent career-seasonal position.  A permanent career-seasonal position includes all benefits of permanent employment, but does not provide for employment on a full-time year-round basis. As a condition of employment and (depending on workload needs and/or funding), the employee is  guaranteed work for at least 6 months but not more than 11 ½ months each service year.  When services are not required, employee will be placed in a non-work, non-pay status.  A minimum of 2 weeks in non-pay and non-duty status is required each service year. While in pay and duty status, the employee will work a full-time work schedule (40 hours per week). Salary, vacation and sick leave earnings, which are normally based on year-round employment, will be prorated according to the number of weeks actually worked each year. The waiting period of within-rate increases (step increases) and career tenure may also be extended by a portion of the time spent in non-pay status.

Government housing may or may not be available for a transitional period up to one year.


The incumbent serves as the compliance archeologist for Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Supervision is provided by the Cultural Resources Manager, who in turn reports to the Chief of Resources, the Superintendent and the Senior Archeologist of the Alaska Support Office. The primary archeological responsibilities of the position are in historic preservation compliance and assistance to the Cultural Resources Manager in the areas of cultural resource program development and public outreach. Plans, designs, and conducts archeological field investigations, which may involve up to 4 months of field work during summer months in remote areas under sometimes hazardous conditions. Responsible for identification, inventory, and evaluation of archeological and historical sites.  Provides guidance to management regarding preservation, status and mitigation of impacts. Prepares historic preservation documentation and background materials for clearances, permits, licenses, etc. Conducts archeological research, provides analysis, and prepares reports of research findings that are suitable for publishing in scientific journals and as educational/interpretive reports for the general public. Provides input into park planning documents such as the Wilderness Plan, Resources Management Plan, and General Management Plan. Works in all aspects of museum collections management. Develops and maintains liaisons and effective working relationships with a variety of groups, individuals, state and federal agencies, and the public. Incumbent will be duty stationed at headquarters in Copper Center. 

For questions regarding the duties of this position, please call Greg Biddle at (907) 822-7237.