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Arctic Steward

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ORGANIZATION: National Park Service

This is a unique opportunity for two volunteers to act as general stewards for over 8 million acres of pristine arctic park units of Cape Krusenstern National Monument, Kobuk Valley National Park, and Noatak National Preserve, collectively managed as "Western Arctic National Parklands" in Northwest Arctic Alaska. Incumbents will enjoy the breathtaking opportunity to explore and observe the natural and scenic resources that the Iñupiat People of the area have relied on for thousands of years. While primarily based in the field, incumbents will represent the National Park Service and its management objectives through a diverse variety of missions and opportunities.

These parklands contain a vastness of archeological, historical, and natural resources, and scenic vistas. It consists of tundra, tiaga, forest, wetlands, wild & scenic rivers, lakes, lagoons, mountain ranges, 65 miles of coastline along the Arctic Ocean, and numerous subsistence camps still actively used by local Iñupiat families. The parklands provide world class bird watching, fishing, hunting, rafting, and wildlife viewing, as well as vast backcountry recreational opportunities in a seldom visited and little disturbed units of the National Park Service. Volunteers with a desire to learn local traditions and immerse in the Iñupiat culture will find local residents welcoming and inviting. At the same time, they will enjoy the breathtaking landscapes and solitude of the area undisturbed by modern development, and the variety of opportunities from hiking, rafting, motorboating, ATVs, and bush-flying in order to access the parklands and perform missions.

Volunteers will appreciate the solitude, natural, scenic and culturally rich heritage of the area, knowing they rank among the few to have the opportunity to experience such a unique land and way of life touched little by modern times; while leaving with the fulfillment of serving the American Public and protecting a natural and scenic rarity and a continued way of life for the Iñupiat People.

Start Date - 2022-06-01

End Date - 2022-09-15

Activities include: Back Country/Wilderness;Construction/Maintenance;Fish/Wildlife;General Assistance;Visitor Information

Difficulty_Level: Strenuous

Hosts Housing Amenities: Bunk House;Cabins

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Mission Statement

The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.


The U.S. National Park Service,, cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage. We care for more than 400 national parks and help communities preserve their historic places and open spaces.


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171 3rd AveKotzebue, AK 99752



  • Environmental Education
  • Interpreter
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Water Recreation





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