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.

** We are accepting applications from applicants that reside/or attend school in the Fairbanks commuting area. The local area does not apply to preference eligible veterans.**

The Pathways Internship program offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to blend academic studies and Federal work experience into a planned progressive educational program. The program provides formal periods of work experience while attending school.


Current students in an accredited high school or home school program that is allowed to operate in a State, college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade schools; advanced degree programs; or post-secondary home-school curriculum. To be eligible for the Pathways Intern program you must have been accepted for enrollment or be enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis.

Your academic career goals or field of study should relate to the position you are applying for. 

It also provides an opportunity to be converted to a permanent or TERM appointment within 120 days after satisfactory completion of your educational program and completion of your career related work experience.  This is not guaranteed.  

Denali National Park and Preserve, just over 6 million acres, is one of the largest national parks in the United States. The park includes North America's highest mountain, 20,320-foot tall Mount McKinley, a designated wilderness area and is an international biosphere reserve. Denali is one of the most visited parks in Alaska, and is on most folks’ “must visit” lists if they come to Alaska. The entrance to Denali National Park and Preserve is located approximately 250 miles north of Anchorage and 125 miles south of Fairbanks. Limited services (groceries, medical, gasoline, schools, and churches) are available in Healy 15 miles north and in Cantwell 30 miles south of the Park. Access to the park is via an all-weather paved road.  

Housing is only available till March 2014 at C camp.


The incumbent assists senior resource management and science staff with collecting, managing, analyzing, and displaying digital geographic information.  Tasks include independently documenting resource localities through the use of aerial photos, topographic maps and global positioning equipment (GPS – Trimble Geo XT, RTK), entering GPS data into the park's Geographic Information System (GIS) database, and drafting summary reports, visual displays, and presentations on resource surveys, large spatial datasets, and GIS model results.  Other specific duties include but are not limited to:

·         Using integrating computer models and other tools with biological and physical scientific knowledge and resources management practices to predict resource conditions at un-sampled locations.

·         Assists with incorporating GIS data into acoustic modeling and noise assessments and assists park planners in using model outputs. Uses automatic flight following (AFF) data to track and report on acoustic impacts to park wilderness.

·         Plans and executes field work in remote wilderness environments to generate new or verify mapped information, using standard resource field sampling and scientific methods. 

·         Assists with database design, computer programming, and data management.

·         Utilizes Geographic Information System (GIS) software to digitize point, line, and polygon features from cartographic materials to create multiple data themes for a study area.  Additionally, utilizes GIS analytical capabilities to create new information themes by combining independently entered themes by polygon overlay, buffer overlay, or other technique. 

·         Assists with preparation of written technical documentation needed for database design and implementation, computer programming, and data management activities. 

For questions regarding the duties of this position, please call Dave Schirokauer at (907) 683-9605.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No