What skills and experience are you looking for in volunteers?
Most importantly, we need people who are passionate about wildlife conservation, curious about the natural world, flexibile and adventurous. For most positions outdoor skills and experience are a must.
When are volunteer opportunities posted?
Field stations typically post summer opportunities winter and spring each year. If you are interested in working at a particular field site, it is best to call the field station and inquire in late fall and early winter.
Does the USFWS provide travel expenses to Alaska?
Depending on the position, some TRAVEL expenses may be covered. Typically, if you travel to remote areas for your duties, these expenses will be covered.
Are volunteers provided housing?
Usually rustic HOUSING is provided to volunteers in remote areas. Look at each postition description for more information.
Will I receive any reimbursement for food or lodging?
It depends, a small LIVING ALLOWANCE or reimbursement for food may be offered with some positions.
What security and safety measures are required to volunteer for the Federal Government?
You may be subject to a Background Check. You may need to complete the following safety of security training, once you are selected.
- The Basic Aviation safety modules -A-101, A105, A-106, A-108, & 113 (ONLINE)
- Water Ditching and Survival (Instructor Led with hands-on water exercises (1 Day WORKSHOP)
- Bear Safety (2-Day Workshop)
- Federal Information Systems Security Training (ONLINE)
I can’t find an opportunity with the Alaska USFWS that fits my interests?