Job Overview


About the Agency

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.NPS-Alaska

Alaska's National Parks are exceptionally beautiful, provide exciting recreational opportunities, and offer highly rewarding work in amazing places.  We are currently soliciting applications to fill temporary Archeologist positions.  The number, type, location, and start/stop dates of the positions are dependent upon individual unit needs.  Availability of government housing, day care facilities and other items will vary by location.  All locations offer excellent recreational and work opportunities.

The parks recruiting through this announcement are listed below. The approximate start/stop dates for the positions are listed in parentheses.  The dates are approximate and may change based on funding, weather, work, and other circumstances. 

Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve and Arctic Network, Fairbanks, AK (May-Oct):

Alaska Regional Office, Anchorage, AK (May-Oct):

Western Arctic Parklands, Kotzebue, AK (May-Oct) :

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve Copper Center and McCarthy, AK (May-Oct) : 

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Skagway, AK  (Apr-Sep):

Denali National Park and Preserve, McKinley Park, AK (May-Oct):

Government housing is not available in Anchorage or Fairbanks.

Government is available in Skagway, Kotzebue, and McKinley Park.

Government housing may be available in Copper Center and McCarthy.


All positions are temporary and limited to no more than 1039 hours in a 52 week period.  When selected, employees may be noncompetitively hired for subsequent summer seasons in the same position at the same location.   

In rare cases this appointment may be extended beyond the not to exceed date.


You will participate in archeological fieldwork in various areas of Alaska. Depending on the location and project, archaeological resources may be prehistoric or historic in nature.  Work may include: 

Inventory and monitor the condition of cultural resources and compliance projects in

areas impacted by construction, maintenance and visitor activities, and other projects.

Participate in archeological surveys, shovel tests and archaeological excavations, and

laboratory processing and analysis of artifacts recovered.

Provide historical and archeological information to visitors.

Manage archaeological collections according to established museum procedures.

Prepare and keep detailed field notes and records, daily logs and journals, photographs

and photo logs, archeological and architectural forms, feature and artifact drawings, etc.

Assist in the preparation of monthly progress reports and a final seasonal report.

Assist in the use GPS, GIS and other computer software in support of data collection and reporting activities.

Some of the incumbent's time may be spent in the backcountry for periods of up to eight days or longer.  The incumbent will be required to live outdoors in a tent, hike in a backcountry setting without trails or modern amenities, and may transport in helicopters, fixed wing aircraft and motorized and non-motorized watercraft, as part of park activities.

Physical Demands: Field work requires physical exertion such as long periods of time.  Heavy items (packs and equipment) must be lifted and carried on a routine basis, e.g., overnight backpack trips, 2 – 10 days in duration. Incumbent may be required to carry a 45 lb pack for up to 15 miles per day and to hike in steep, uneven terrain, often in inclement weather.  Archaeological survey and investigations requires recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching or similar activities; and recurring lifting and carrying moderately heavy to heavy items. 

Camping and hiking is often in country with high probability of wildlife encounters including brown or black bear.   Incumbent may be required to complete a firearm safety certification prior to starting field work and may be required to carry a firearm in the backcountry. 

The incumbent may be required to drive National Park Service (NPS) vehicles within and around the park areas as part of duties. 

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • May be required, up to 2 weeks in length.

Relocation Authorized

  • No
  • Additional Duty Location Info

    13 vacancies in the following locations

    • Anchorage, AK
    • Copper Center, AK
    • Fairbanks, AK
    • Kotzebue, AK
    • McCarthy, AK
    • McKinley Park, AK
    • Skagway, AK