University of Alaska Southeast


Company: US Forest Service
Location: Juneau, AK
Position: Biological Technician Participant
Requirements: See job description
Spend your summer helping to assist wildlife and fisheries staff on the Juneau Ranger District! You will conduct seabird (primarily Arctic Tern) colony monitoring and visitor use monitoring in the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation area. In addition you will assist with bird-themed environmental education and complete data entry projects. 

As a crewmember you will work with a Forest Service Technician conducting wildlife projects requiring adaptation of procedural guides. Duties include the following:
  • Learn basic navigation with GPS and Compass and topographic maps
  • Learn colonial nesting seabird  identification and ecology
  • Hike both on and off-trail in steep, slippery, terrain
  • Conduct  seabird (primarily Arctic Tern) colony monitoring
  • Conduct visitor use surveys near seabird colony and assist in updating wildlife viewing information
  • Assist with bird-themed environmental education events
  • Assist with other wildlife and fisheries projects as needed
  • Assist with GIS mapping of wildlife areas
  • Data entry

Field duties include sampling in strenuous field conditions and off trail hiking collecting wildlife and fisheries data.

  • Strenuous field hiking, off trail, can include steep, slippery, rocky and brushy terrain
  • Camping/backpacking in remote field conditions may be necessary
  • Position requires working independently, including occasionally hiking in semi-remote area alone, or with volunteers that the SCA will be the crew leader for
  • Adherence to strict safety protocols
  • Required to purchase suitable rain gear and clothing layers for working in cool, damp environment;  this will be agreed upon by volunteer and Forest Service once they get to the duty station. The stipend rate is very high in part to this requirement.

Other duties may include:

  • Measures amount and quantity of spawning areas on designated streams; samples and makes qualitative analysis of aquatic insects; determines pool/riffle rations through observation; and measures and records discharge volumes through interpolation.
  • Uses a variety of tools, takes bottom gravel samples and analyzes for silt, size fractions, etc. 
    Assistss the technician with support work, including conducting complicated tests, following standard procedures.
  • Collects and analyzes data using methods that are well established.
    Assignments often contain steps and processes that vary, depending on circumstances of the test.
  • Makes procedural readjustments when problems occur, and note when test results are outside the normal range of tolerance or acceptability.
  • Calibrates, adjusts and operates a variety of complex equipment.

Field duties include:

  • Sampling in streams and lakes for fish and invertebrates.
  • Capturing and identifies fish, and records data.
  • Keeps records of all data and develops these into statistical reports. Drafts maps or survey areas. 
  • Keeps comprehensive records and presents findings to supervisor for review and analysis.
  • Keeps accurate records of results obtained from studies that involve procedures that are fairly well established, but often require a number of different procedural steps.
  • Assesses the value of the data, and reports on the characteristics and quality of the source of the data.
  • Prepares charts and tables to display the data, and presents study results to the supervisor for further review and analysis.

Compensation amounts:

  • $1,500 - RT travel allowance to work site and back
  • $280 - weekly living allowance
  • AmeriCorps eligibility (Education award of approximately $1,500)
  • Housing

*All allowances are subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes

*Please note that this position is physically strenuous in nature and will require previous experience with back country navigation, including the use of compasses and gps units*

  • Juneau, AK
  • Training on bear behavior; first aid; CPR; and other trainings will be required and given by the Forest Service during the week of May 22.
  • Several different types of community educational opportunities will be conducted over the summer. International Migratory Bird Day will be in mid-May.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Wildlife Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
some experience
Bird Identification
some experience
some experience
some experience
Orienteering compass skills
some experience
AmeriCorps Eligible:
Driving Logistics:
Valid Drivers License Needed
Housing or Stipend Provided?
The Forest Service has a apartment style bunkhouse that is available for use by the volunteer. The volunteer will share one apartment with up to three other individuals, sharing a room with up to one other individual. Standards of cleanliness will be required along with restrictions on alcohol and drugs when staying in the Forest Service Bunkhouse. We can also provide a bicycle for use by the volunteer during the timeframe they will be working for the Forest Service.
US Citizenship:
To view job posting and to apply, please go to:
Contact: Marci Johnson
Contact at: or 907-789-6253
Closing Date: Open Until Filled