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Wilderness Stewardship Associate

Based in Juneau, Alaska

Dates: May – September 2014, exact dates to be determined by the hire and SEACC.  Fieldwork season is June, July and August, must be available during those months.

Compensation: $5,000-7,000, depending on experience, for 14 weeks of work.

Travel: SEACC will provide up to $1,000 for travel expenses (lowest cost round trip airfare from place of residence), to be reimbursed to SEACC if hire leaves before the completion of responsibilities.  Please coordinate with, and purchase ticket before May 1.

Special Note: We are hiring for two similar positions via this announcement.  Responsibilities will be divided between the two positions based on expertise.  Please get in touch (contact info below) if you have any questions about this job or fit with your situation.

Benefits: Position will receive no health or dental benefits. Hire is responsible for housing, but SEACC will assist in finding affordable housing.  SEACC will provide appropriate training for fieldwork in Southeast Alaska.

Organization and Project

SEACC, the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, is a grassroots organization founded in 1970. Together with our allies—local communities, commercial and sport fishermen, Alaska Natives, tourism and recreation business owners, small-scale value-added wood product manufacturers, hunters and guides, and Americans from all walks of life—we’ve worked hard to protect important fish and wildlife habitat, reduce destructive clear-cutting on the Tongass National Forest, and improve community sustainability in the region.

SEACC’s 2014 Wilderness Stewardship program continues a strong working relationship between the Forest Service and SEACC, in addition to other partner organizations, businesses, and volunteers.   Our proposed projects include invasive plant pulls and surveys; educational outreach to diverse audiences; solitude monitoring; and recreational site inventories.  Trips scheduled include 3 weeklong trips (to Admiralty Island and Endicott River) and 2 shorter multi-day trips (to South Prince of Wales) into remote Wilderness areas, each with 6+ volunteers.  Each project is highly targeted to needs identified with Forest Service staff and leverages SEACC’s experience and local networks to accomplish more work more efficiently than otherwise possible.

The Tongass National Forest—our nation’s largest, wettest and wildest—contains almost 6 million acres of congressionally designated Wilderness areas.  Many of these areas are among the most remote and wild areas in the National Forest system.  The productivity and intact quality of the Tongass National Forest provides world class ecological experiences and habitat for bears, wolves, eagles, salmon, and mountain goats, among many other species.  While these areas are highly productive and largely healthy, there are current and impending threats that impact the wilderness character of these areas, and require monitoring and on-the-ground work to address.   The Wilderness Stewardship Challenge, a Forest Service initiative, has been a driving force behind increasing the stewardship of our Wilderness areas to basic levels. This program is part of that work.

More information including photos and reports from past trips, can be found at

Position Description:

This position will help coordinate and lead remote trips into wilderness areas.  Backcountry travel and logistics, as well as group leadership skills will be essential to success.  Trips will include travelling with and leading 6-10 volunteers, in partnership with SEACC and Forest Service staff.  Responsibilities will be wide ranging, including setting up travel, buying necessary equipment, recruiting and addressing the needs of volunteers, investigating data collection needs and opportunities, completing trips, etc.  Documentation and communication of the results of our work is also a key aspect and responsibility of the position, including written reports, data sheets, photography, and other means.

This position will inlcude the following duties:

  • collection of field data
  • coordinating logistics and volunteers for backcountry Wilderness trips
  • plan and conduct outreach activities including preparing presentation and sharing materials on Wilderness and Leave No Trace with outfitters/guides and other Forest users.
  • prepare and submit trip reports and portfolio of all produced materials, and other compiled outputs to the Forest Service and SEACC before conclusion of the residency, including digital photos of your work experience and recreational activities in Alaska.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate or significant work experience in environmental or outdoor leadership
  • Wilderness First Responder certification
  • Outdoor skills including Leave-no-Trace and bear safety skills
  • Sea kayaking skills and experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team as well as independently, including in difficult situations that require problem solving.
  • Leadership skills, passion, and ability to communicate and motivate volunteers and partners on wilderness, stewardship, and conservation issues.
  • Experience in Southeast Alaska, or similar areas



  • Adhere to the policies and direction of SEACC, including safety-related requirements and training, including those related to remote travel and fieldwork.
  • Work closely with other SEACC staff, complete reporting requirements, and ensure that any questions, concerns or needs are addressed.
  • Be a good representative of SEACC at all times.


To Apply:

Submit cover letter and resume to Dan Lesh,  Questions, call 907-321-7080

Application period will close April 10, 2014, or until filled.



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