Community Assistance Fellow Job Opportunity in Anchorage - P.O.W. Report

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Community Assistance Fellow Job Opportunity in Anchorage

The National Park Service is hiring a new Americorps Community Assistance fellow to start May 1st, 2019. It's a paid, 11-month internship.

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NPS - RTCA - Community Assistance Fellow

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Job Description

Term of positions is 47 weeks; full-time commitment 5-days per week.


Anchorage, AK

Living Allowance:

$510/week, health insurance provided if desired.

AmeriCorps Award:

Community Assistance Fellows are eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of the program. Value of education award is $5,920 (pre-tax). Fellows also receive federal non-competitive eligibility for 2 years following completion of the fellowship

Educational Status:

Bachelor’s degree in related field such as community/urban/regional/rural planning, recreation management, natural resource management, geography, or landscape architecture.

Start Date:

Position starting on or around May 1, 2019

Specific training:

Hands-on mentored work experience; individual training available to meet specific interests and needs.

Application Due Date:

Applications received on or before March 25, 2019 will be guaranteed full consideration.

*Non-competitive eligibility allows for a federal agency to hire a Fellow who has successfully completed his/her fellowship and meets the minimum qualifications for a position without going through the full competitive process.

How to Apply

Apply on-line at: 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.

For More Information

Contact Krista Rogers, Stewards Program Director

Program Basics:

In addition to protecting and managing America’s national parks, the National Park Service (NPS) also operates programs that extend throughout the nation to connect all Americans to their parks, trails, rivers, and other special places. The Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program helps community groups, nonprofits, state and local governments, and tribes plan parks and trails, conserve and improve access to rivers and natural areas, and create recreation opportunities through locally led partnerships.

Specifics about the position:

The Alaska RTCA program works on anywhere from 10-15 community assistance projects each year in urban and rural communities depending on demand, and provides support to other NPS parks and programs. The RTCA program is striving to build new connections in underserved and rural communities, as well as strong relationships with other NPS staff in the regional office and parks throughout the state. The NPS/RTCA Community Assistance Fellow will work in the Anchorage office with the regional program leader in a mentored environment, providing assistance to the overall program. The Alaska RTCA program needs additional capacity and energy to help partners realize their project vision and goals, which directly benefits local communities and the environment. We and our partners also need help in extending the benefits of successful programs to other communities outside of Anchorage, specifically the Schools on Trails and Health on Trails programs. Schools on Trails connects environmental educators and design professionals with schools to promote place-based outdoor learning, planning & design skills, and civic engagement. Health on Trails connects new audiences to local trails through health care providers, workplace wellness, and active schools. The Fellow will gain valuable experience and skills in leadership, community planning, communications, networking, and public land management.

Duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

The selected NPS-RTCA Fellow will work with the entire RTCA Alaska staff and key community partners to help communities create and improve opportunities for outdoor recreation. Projects will likely include parks and trails planning, activity and event coordination, organizational development, and youth engagement. Occasional travel to project sites around Alaska is necessary.

The Fellow’s focus is expected to be:

Help create strategies to increase park and trail development capacity in rural Alaska by building connections between relevant partners in Anchorage and around the state.
Support the Anchorage-based Schools on Trails and Health on Trails programs, and expand these models to other communities in Alaska.
Assist with development and implementation of an Outdoor School program.
Support RTCA program outreach and engagement, as well as community project assistance, through web and social media platforms
Help develop approaches and networks for providing support to rural communities throughout Alaska
Directly support at least one park-based project that aligns with the Fellow’s personal and professional interests

The Fellow will also help RTCA Alaska and other supporting NPS staff organize meetings, build public participation and communications strategies, assist with RTCA program outreach and generally help our partners plan and implement projects across the state. Additionally, RTCA staff will help the Fellow create a national park-based opportunity to expand her/his awareness of park management. As a result of the Fellow’s assistance, RTCA Alaska will better connect with new audiences and serve communities throughout the state.

Preferred Qualifications:

Ability to think critically and creatively
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Ability to work effectively with a variety of people and develop strong partner networks
Strong organizational skills
Completion of a Bachelor’s degree is required.
Coursework or experience in planning, community/rural studies, public health, environmental education, landscape architecture, geography, recreation management, or related field
Experience with or ability to learn one or more of the following software programs is desirable: ArcGIS, Adobe Creative Suite

Mandatory Requirements:

Ability to meet deadlines and communicate to supervisor when assistance is needed/desired.
Minimum age is 18, maximum age is 30.
Possession of a current valid driver’s license
Must be a US Citizen, National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the United States

This position will be required to submit periodic reports and a final report during their term of service.

Job Location
Anchorage, Alaska, United States
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