Ready for a summer adventure in Alaska? Apply now for an internship with the Parks & Recreation Department in Fairbanks, Alaska!
We are looking for a creative, energetic, and curious student intern who is willing to dive in an learn how a municipal parks and recreation department operates. The internship will be customized and adapted to the abilities, passion and educational requirements of the successful candidate. The intern will assist Parks & Recreation staff in a variety of facility, program and park capacities.
The Fairbanks area is home to just over 100,000 hearty souls, making this region the second-largest population center in Alaska. The city features a university, an Army base and an Air Force Base and is known for dog mushing, northern lights and its extremes of light, dark, warmth and cold. In winter, temperatures as low as -62 degrees have been recorded; temperatures in the 80s are common in summer. Summer days are also long – Fairbanks enjoys more than 22 hours of daylight when the solstice arrives on June 21.
While housing is not provided, we will provide advice and guidance on living in Fairbanks for the summer.
Current enrollment in an accredited college or university program in Parks and Recreation Administration, Natural Resource Management, Tourism, Physical Education, or related curriculum.
Prior work experience in a parks and recreation or related environment is preferred.
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
Ability to understand and execute oral and written instructions and questions, and handle multiple tasks using independent judgment.
Proficiency in operation of personal computers (Microsoft Word and Excel preferred.)
Must have and be able to maintain a valid driver’s license. Must meet insurance standards and maintain insurability under the Borough's insurance program. If personal automobile is used for Borough business, proof of automobile insurance at statutory limits must be provided. (A CURRENT COPY OF DRIVING RECORD WILL BE REQUIRED AT TIME OF INTERVIEW)
Experience with desktop publishing software.
Ability to handle public input in a tactful, courteous, and pleasant manner.
This position requires a criminal background investigation.
Internal Number: 1928
About Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks & Recreation Dept
The Fairbanks North Star Borough is a local government agency serving the interior of Alaska, Fairbanks and the surrounding communities. The department employs around 100 people during the peak summer season and has an annual operating budget of approximately $8.5 million. The department consists of four divisions, Administration, Recreation Services, Parks Maintenance, and Pioneer Park. A wide variety of amenities are offered to the community including 5 outdoor recreation areas, 3 indoor swimming pools, a recreation center, an ice arena, sports fields, and comprehensive trail system. In the warmer months, residents enjoy the beautiful swim beaches, historic parks, youth programs and fun family events. When the temperature is cold, our parks are still hot! Opportunities for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, ice fishing and snow machining are available through the winter months. Special events are planned year round and recreational programs for seniors and the disabled are offered weekly. The department also operates Pioneer Park, a 44-acre historic themed park full of attractions, activities, museums, and an arts and cultural center. There is something for everyone to enjoy!