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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.

King Salmon, Alaska - This small community offers basic amenities such as a small grocery store and other convenience stores, and seasonal hotels and inns. A small clinic for minor medical treatment is located in the close-by community of Naknek.  Major medical and dental facilities are available in Anchorage.  Naknek offers a K-12 public school with bus service, and various churches and service organizations are active in this community. The cost of living in King Salmon is considered high due to its remoteness and the cost to bring goods in. Daily commercial flights connect Anchorage with King Salmon; there is no connection to the road system.


Government housing may be available in King Salmon; or limited housing or apartments are available for rent in King Salmon or nearby Naknek 15 miles away. 

TERM - This is a TERM appointment not to exceed 13 months. If funds are available, this position is expected to last for 2 years, and may be extended for additional periods up to 4 years total employment without further competition.

This is a career-seasonal position.  A 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.



You will assist professional staff as a field crew leader, implementing monitoring programs for lakes and rivers in the remote backcountry of Alaska’s southwestern National Parks and Preserves, including Katmai and Lake Clark. Some specific duties include the following: 

·         Collect various types of hydrologic data in the field using standard methods, practices and procedures.

·         Use judgment to adjust the methods, practices and procedures, when necessitated by conditions in the field.

·         Calibrate, program, operate and troubleshoot electronic water quality/quantity data recording devices.         

·         Conduct basic maintenance and ensure equipment is in proper working order.

·         Use computer software, including hydrologic database software, to input, retrieve, organize and summarize data.

·         Undertake quality control procedures to identify gaps and inconsistencies in data.

·         Produce preliminary reports and give oral presentations summarizing routine phases of water quality investigations.

·         Work with diverse individuals under a variety of conditions, including remote wilderness settings.

·         Lead field crews to safely conduct water quality/quantity monitoring.

·         At the GS-07 level you will also conduct basic statistical and spatial analyses.

For questions regarding the duties of this position, please call Michael Shephard at 907-644-3681. 

Travel Required

  • 25% or Greater
  • Frequent travel may be required.

Relocation Authorized

  • No