Job Type: Paid Internship
Salary Details: $700 – $750 per week living allowance (stipend)
Host Site: Tongass National Forest
Duty Station: 8510 Mendenhall Loop Rd., Juneau, AK 99801 

In Partnership with the US Forest Service, MobilizeGreen seeks a Wilderness Steward and Youth Leadership Resource Assistant (RA) to serve the Forest Service Admiralty Island National Monument (ANM) – Juneau Ranger District (JRD) wilderness program that is based out of Juneau, AK. The co-leader RAs will recruit training, mentor and supervise a crew of high school youth, for two summer months to conduct wilderness field work in the Kootznoowoo wilderness and community projects in Angoon, Alaska. The RA will be trained to perform all aspects of field work and data collection for the Kootznoowoo, Tracy Arm-Fords Terror, Chuck River and Endicott River Wilderness areas. This includes recreation site inventorying, invasive weed surveying, solitude monitoring, and cabin/shelter and trail maintenance. The RA will be trained to be a co-leader (with another RA) of the Angoon Alaska Youth Stewards. Much of the work will occur in remote Southeast Alaska wilderness areas accessible only by sea kayak, boat or float plane. The RA will receive extensive instruction, on-the-job training and support from the Forest Service wilderness personnel throughout their service. 

The Resource Assistant’s Program is designed for emerging professionals to launch their natural and cultural resources careers. The RA will receive hands-on learning experience, mentorship, and coaching to complete mission-critical work while developing leadership, critical thinking, and strategic communication skills. 

MobilizeGreen is an organization committed to diversity. Women, people of color, indigenous people, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, military veterans, and members of other historically disenfranchised groups are encouraged to apply. 

Angoon is the only permanent settlement on Admiralty Island and is located on the southwest coast of Kootznahoo Inlet, 78 nautical miles southwest of Juneau and 67 nautical miles northeast of Sitka. Angoon, known for its large brown bear population is a Tlingit village with a commercial fishing and subsistence lifestyle. Although few visitor services are available, Angoon serves as the departure point for many kayak and canoe trips into the heart of Admiralty Island National Monument, including the 32-mile Cross Admiralty Canoe Route.

Angoon is home to around 450 year-round residents, which increases in summer with visitors who want to fish, recreate, and enjoy the city’s culture, history, forested paths and laid-back lifestyle. Many of the people you will meet while in town are Native Alaskans of the Tlingit tribe, which has been in this area for more than 1,000 years. Their culture thrives through day-to-day subsistence activities, special potlatches and community celebrations.


  • $700 – $750 per week living allowance (stipend)
  • $900 per month housing stipend; and government housing available. Angoon Bunk house is a two-bedroom, 1 bathroom, living room, full kitchen and laundry room. There is an attached office that the USFS Angoon Tribal liaison works out of(position currently vacant). This is government housing, situated on USFS property with a lawn, garage and view of Kootznahoo inlet. 
  • 2-year direct hiring certificate with the Forest Service (with successful completion of 960 hours of service)
  • Health insurance optional
  • Mentorship for career and professional development
  • Hands on learning and job training experience
  • Relocation stipend and professional development fund available

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Conduct broad wilderness stewardship duties such as wilderness education, campsite inventories, monitoring solitude, contacting visitors, cleaning up beaches, wildlife monitoring and invasive species surveys/treatments.
  • Maintain and repair trails, cabins and shelters in the Kootznoowoo wilderness on Admiralty Island per direction of the ANM Cabins & Trails Crew.
  • Train, supervise, mentor and foster the Angoon Alaska Youth Stewards, basing out of Angoon, AK for two months, to conduct wilderness stewardship duties in the Kootznoowoo wilderness and community projects in Angoon.
  • Tend to program administration, logistics, gear, supplies, travel, planning and reporting of the Angoon AYS.
  • Input data and provide reports for ANM-JRD wilderness Program.
  • Support all three ANM-JRD wilderness programs: JRD Wilderness Crew, ANM Cabins & Trails Crew and the Pack Creek Brown Bear Viewing Crew, including working with partners and volunteers.
  • Cultivate work, safety and wilderness ethics.
  • Demonstrate and teach professionalism, accountability, initiative, and timeliness.

Work Environment
Regular field trips of 6-10 days. Time in the field may be spent hauling gear, hiking, boating, kayaking, and staying at remote field camps. Field work requires performing moderately strenuous tasks in wet, cold, and buggy conditions, and in mountainous terrain that is also bear country. While fostering a positive group dynamic and on occasion resolve any conflict. Angoon Alaska Youth Stewards (AYS) work may be performed out of the USFS Angoon Office/Bunkhouse and include interacting with Chatham School District personnel, Whaler’s Cove Lodge personnel, community leaders, Angoon Tribal Liaison and the Angoon public. Other work is performed in the Juneau office setting, interacting with wilderness and other Forest Service Personnel. You’ll be utilizing databases and performing other tasks in support of program goals.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Education/Environmental Education, Forest Resources/Forestry, Outdoor Recreation
  • Ability to work independently, as part of a team, leading and fostering youths.
  • Strong interpersonal relation, group leadership and organizational skills.
  • Ability to promote proper professional, safety, wilderness and Leave No Trace ethics of a hard-working, safety-oriented, conservation-minded wilderness steward.
  • Comfortable going into the field for 5-10 days every two weeks from May to early-September.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Ability to relocate to Southeast Alaska to a remote village.
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • A valid driver’s license

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Competitive selection process, positions filled on a rolling basis.  We encourage you to apply ASAP.

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