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.

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. Additional information about Denali National Park can be found at and information about the local area can be found at,_Alaska.

Healy has approximately 1,000 year round residents, a K thru 12 school, a convenience store and two gas stations.  Cantwell has approximately 200 year round residents, a K thru 12 school and a gas station.

Weather ranges from approximately 85F degrees in the summer to -50F degrees in the winter.  

Government housing is NOT available.

TERM- This is a TERM Subject to Non Pay Status appointment not to exceed 13 months and may be extended up to 4 years without further competition.

TERM Subject to Non Pay Status means you will work full-time at least 26 weeks (13 pay periods) per year, and will be in non pay status for 26 weeks (13 pay periods). When your services are not required due to lack of work, lack of funds, weather conditions or for other reasons, you will be placed in a non-work, non-pay status.


The Physical Science Technician will assist senior resource science and management staff with the collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of a wide range of physical science information. The position will conduct many of the following field and office duties:

·         Assist with the implementation of a landslide risk assessment of the Park Road corridor with a multi-agency/disciplinary team

·         Contribute to the development of an aerial digital photogrammetry program that will utilize park aircraft (airplanes, helicopters, and UAVs)

·         Support ongoing fluvial geomorphology monitoring and reclamation efforts related to mining and infrastructure impacts

·         Assist with a developing permafrost monitoring program that tracks regional trends and the development of thermokarst features

·         Support ongoing paleontology inventory, monitoring, research, and outreach activities that are currently focused on Cretaceous subarctic dinosaurs, but also includes many other paleontological resources

·         Installing, calibrating, managing, and retrieving data from remote environmental monitoring equipment including weather stations, water quality sondes, stream gauges, acoustic monitoring devices, remote cameras, and other electronic equipment;

·         Taking samples and/or manual measurement, following standard or existing protocols, of environmental parameters such as stream flow, geological materials, collecting water and sediment samples, and audibility;

·         Statistically analyze physical-science-based natural resource monitoring data;

·         Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to manage and analyze natural resources spatial data;

The position requires extended travel in the backcountry, on and off trail, over rough steep terrain under inclement weather conditions in the subarctic. Wildlife such as moose and bear are regularly encountered in the backcountry; therefore, wildlife safety training is provided.  

For questions regarding the duties of this position, please call Denny Capps at (907) 683-9598.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel up to 7 nights per month required.

Relocation Authorized

  • No