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Fisheries Intern - Subsistence


Individual Placement/Internships

Job Location

Sitka, Alaska

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Position Type


 Sitka Ranger District, Tongass National Forest


Term of positions is 26 weeks; full-time 40 hours per week


Sitka, Alaska

Living Allowance:


AmeriCorps Award:

Position is eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of the program. Value of the award is $3,447.50 (pre-tax)

Start Date:

May 16, 2024

Application Due Date:

Preference given to applicants that submit application by March 8, 2024

Title of Position

Fisheries Intern - Subsistence



Position Details:

Stewards Individual Placements (Stewards) provides individuals with service and career opportunities to strengthen communities and preserve our natural resources. Participants work with federal agencies, Tribal governments, and nonprofits building institutional capacity, developing community relationships, and supporting ecosystem health. Stewards in partnership with the Sitka Ranger District are seeking an intern who will gain a variety of experiences which may include but are not limited to fisheries monitoring at our sockeye salmon weir project, salmon habitat assessment surveys, wildlife surveys, subsistence fish harvesting, processing, and sharing with our tribal partners and youth, and the possibility to attend a Federal Subsistence Regulatory meeting, if the timing lines up with the position start/end dates.


Position Responsibilities will include:

      Operating a remote fish weir to enumerate adult salmon escapement

      Constructing and deconstructing fish weirs in remote locations around Southeast Alaska

      Collecting fish and environmental data using standard scientific methods

      Operating or learning to operate and maintain a remote field camp and small outboard boats.

      Facilitating harvest events for salmon in collaboration with tribal and youth partners

      Participating in the Federal Subsistence Regulatory process

      Living and working at remote field sites for eight or more days at a time with 1-2 other folks

      Rarely, assisting on other Sitka Ranger District projects, which may include wildlife, fish, or habitat surveys, implementing watershed and fish habitat improvement projects, removal of old structures, assisting with kids’ fishing derby and other education outreach programs


Minimum Requirements:

      Willingness to learn!

      Good communication skills

      Ability to maintain a positive attitude in adverse conditions

      Ability to work and live with a diverse team

      A good sense of humor

      Emotional intelligence to resolve social and emotional disagreements with field crew members

      Willingness to use a firearm, with training

      Proficiency in swimming

      Willing to undergo and pass a required criminal history check.

      A strong interest in a career in natural resource conservation science. 

      You must be eligible to serve in AmeriCorps State & National Direct Service programs (must not have served more than 4 terms in AmeriCorps).

      You must be available to work a 40-hour week for the 26-week term

      You must be between 18 and 34 years of age.

      You must have received a High School Diploma or GED

      You must be a member of a Federally recognized Indian Tribe, Band, or Village; Alaska Native; or meet one of the following descriptions:

o   Persons who possess at least one-half degree Indian blood derived from Tribes Indigenous to the United States.

o    Descendants of Members of Federally recognized Indian Tribes, Bands or Communities who were residing on any Indian Reservation on June 1, 1934 – shown by completing BIA Form 4432.



 Preferred Qualifications:

      Some knowledge of natural resources.



      Housing available in shared rooms at our Forest Service bunkhouse for approximately $250/month

      Living Allowance: $600/week (pre-tax)

      Position is eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of the program. Value of the award is $3,447.50 (pre-tax).

      Student loan forbearance and health insurance

      Two weeks of intensive training will be provided at the beginning of the season, which will include boat passenger training, firearm and bear safety, defensive driving, snorkel training, first aid/CPR, risk assessment, etc.



How to Apply

In addition to your resume, please submit a one-page cover letter highlighting why you are interested in this position and how your background and experience will help you succeed in this position. You must also upload a copy of your federally recognized tribal issued ID card.


If you have questions about this position, please contact Ashley Bolwerk ( or 907-747-4299), Cody Mosley ( or 907-747-4343) or Stewards Program Coordinator Ali Jones (



This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, genetic information, and military service. Where a significant portion of the population eligible to be served needs services or information in a language other than English, the recipient shall take reasonable steps to provide written material of the type ordinarily available to the public in appropriate languages.


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