Alaska’s national parks are jam-packed with cool outdoor jobs. There are 15 different parks in Alaska and all of them have tons of jobs available for people like you.
They are scattered all over the great state of Alaska.
If you’re lucky enough to land one of these sweet jobs, you’ll be working at one of the following National Parks – Alagnak Wild River, Aleutian World War II Historic Area, Aniakchak Monument, Bering Land Bridge Preserve, Cape Kruesenstern Monument, Denali, Gates of the Arctic, Glacier Bay, Inupiat Heritage Center, Katmai, Kenai Fjords, Klondike Gold Rush Historical Park, Lake Clark, Kobuk Valley, Noatak, Sitka Historical Park, Western Arctic Parklands, Wrangell-St. Elias, or Yukon-Charley Rivers. All the parks are unique in their own way. And all the parks will literally blow your mind when you see them.
You can pick any park to apply for a job, but the three most popular parks and the ones that attract the most tourists are Denali National Park and Preserve, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, and Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.
Denali National Park – Denali is the native name for Mt. McKinley, North America’s highest peak. The park is over 6 million acres and spans several eco-systems from forests to tundra to glaciers. Wildlife tours are popular because of the abundance of grizzly bears, wolves, moose, caribou, and Dall sheep. During the summer, people come from all over the world to view the wildlife, backpack, climb, bike, take photos, and hike. There are lots of hotels nearby that offer tours and activities, which results in lots of job opportunities. It’s easy to get here from Anchorage by train.
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve – This is the largest park in the United States at 13.2 million acres. It consists of majestic mountains rising out of coastal forests and ends in towering peaks and glacier filled valleys. It is the only park that allows fishing and hunting for subsistence living. The park contains North America’s second highest peak and the largest expanse of glaciers. The park borders the pristine coast. This means that besides bears, moose, and caribou, the park is also home to sea lions and harbor seals. The nearest town is Glenallen, which can be reached by bus or shuttle from Anchorage. There are plenty of wilderness activities to keep you busy for the rest of your life. And plenty of jobs, too.
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve – The way global warming is affecting the world, you should work at this park as soon as possible.
The glaciers are quickly retreating and constantly revealing new land, which constantly creates new eco-systems. It is a hot spot for scientists who want to study the glaciers and wildlife. Glacier Bay is a mecca for cruise ships, scientists, kayakers, and boaters. There are tons of jobs for people including kayak guides, backpacking guides, flight tours, bird watching, and fishing. It’s also a good spot to see humpback whales, lynx, sea lions, and sea otters.
Working for the National Park Service means working for the federal government. They have strict rules and deadlines, so take a look at the National Park Service’s website well in advance of when you want to work in Alaska. Any park that you end up at is nature at its finest. The parks are unlike anything you’ve ever seen. It doesn’t matter what has been written, there is nothing like experiencing the park in person.