Wed, May 24, 2017

2018 Internship Program application is up – Deadline July 23rd!

The CNFAIC is accepting applications for next season’s Internship Program! Please see the requirements and how to apply below (pdf of the application can also be found¬†HERE).


Chugach National Forest Avalanche Center 2018 Internship Program

  • Application period closes July 23rd, 2017

Avalanche Center/ Winter Recreation- Intern
Location: Glacier Ranger District,145 Forest Station Road, Girdwood, AK Chugach National Forest Avalanche Center,

Timeframe: Minimum 10 week commitment (between December 2017 and March 2018)

Objective: This internship opportunity is open to students and aspiring snow/avalanche professionals seeking experience from a Forest Service Avalanche Center.

Requirements: Must have at least AAA certified Level 2 avalanche education (or equivalent). Be able to ski and/or snowmachine in steep mountainous terrain and enjoy working in rugged winter conditions. Have a current WFR, OEC (or equivalent) medial skills and competent rescue skills. Be able to enthusiastically shovel large amounts of Chugach Powder – and not be afraid of rain. Have a professional goal towards snow science, avalanche forecasting or associated fields. Operating snowmachines is required and previous experience off-trail mountain riding is a plus!

Benefits/Compensation: Housing in Girdwood (if desired) and a stipend of $30/day worked. Housing is available at the Glacier Ranger District bunkhouse. The intern will gain experience working with an established USFS Avalanche Center and the opportunity to learn daily operations of avalanche forecasting. Additionally, he/she may be involved in public outreach and education events as well as learning winter recreation management operations. A college student may be able to receive credit for this internship.

Expectations: Intern must participate as a field partner, join in weekly stability meetings and share in other CNFAIC/Winter Recreation duties. Completion of an internship project is required. This is a self-tailored task culminating with a written paper or article by the end of the internship (i.e., snow/weather research, education/outreach, CNFAIC projects).

To apply: Send a cover letter and resume to Wendy Wagner ( Cover letter should include pertinent background information, reason of interest, what skills/knowledge you hope to gain and how this program can help you attain your future goals.
Wendy Wagner (Director, CNFAIC)
P.O. Box 129
Girdwood, AK 99587