Sitka Conservation Society works to protect the natural environment of the Tongass and support the development of socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable communities in Southeast Alaska. We work on a wide range of issues, including community development projects and initiatives, policy and advocacy work, and media and communication programs. SCS is based in Sitka, Alaska and works across all of Southeast Alaska with the Sustainable Southeast Partnership. Our unique holistic approach to rural economic development and conservation has resulted in organizational growth and opportunities. The effort to achieve our mission and work as part of a broader movement in Alaska towards creating a sustainable future relies on the support of everyone – including you!

Below are current job openings at the Sitka Conservation Society, as well as those of some of our partner organizations and entities that work to shape Alaska's future and care for our natural environment. You can also hear about upcoming employment opportunities through our newsletter here!

Internship Opportunities

SCS regularly hosts college-level fellowships and high school internships to build experience, learning, and grow capacity for young people interested in rural development and conservation.  For the past 15 years, we have partnered with the Alaska Conservation Foundation to offer a paid internship, which we will post for applicants around February/March. We also work with interested college students to raise funds through programs at their colleges, Universities, or businesses to offer opportunities to gain work experience. If you are passionate about our work and would like to pursue an internship or fellowship with us, please send a resume and letter of interest to [email protected]

  • Alaska Way of Life Youth Development Fellow

    Support Sitka Conservation Society’s youth development program, which seeks to connect youth with the natural environment of the Tongass and equip them with the skills needed to thrive on these lands and waters, navigate an uncertain and ever changing future, and advocate for the action needed to address climate change. This 10-week summer internship is hosted through the Alaska Conservation Foundation Ted Smith Internship Program. Deadline to apply is February 16th. Learn more and apply here.

  • Sealaska Internships

    At Sealaska, interns have opportunities to explore their career interests, grow their professional skills and connect with the unique and vibrant cultures of the Lingít, Haida and Tsimshian people. They will spend the summer with peers who share an Alaska Native heritage, learning from each other and building a community as they venture into their careers. Each summer, internships include Land Stewardship and Environmental Science, Engineering and Technology, Culture and Social Work, and Business. SCS and our partners across the Sustainable Southeast Partnership have hosted Sealaska Internships. This year we will be hosting a Storytelling and Engagement Intern with SSP and a Conservation and Community Development Policy Intern at SCS. Apply for the summer internships here! 

  • Environmental Policy Internships

    Sitka Conservation Society hosts an internship program for high school students to learn about leadership development and catalyzing policy action on a wide variety of conservation issues at local, state, and federal levels. Contact [email protected] to learn more about our internship and fellowship programs.

Volunteer with SCS

Sitka Conservation Society conducts a variety of programs throughout the year.  At times, we have needs for volunteers to help do various tasks. These tasks can vary, whether it’s helping set up for a community potluck, transporting lumber between rural communities by boat, or doing wilderness quality monitoring while out on a fishing trip. If you would like to volunteer with Sitka Conservation Society, please send us a note at [email protected] telling us about your interests and skills, and we’ll work on connecting you with the current or future projects that we or our partners have running. 

Do you know how to tan deer hides, make balm out of local ingredients, track marten and other critters, or weave cedar bark? For people who live here in Sitka or Southeast Alaska and want to share a unique skillset and experience with local youth, our 4H program works with adult volunteers to offer learning experiences for youth. If you are interested in becoming an Alaska Way of Life 4-H volunteer, reach out to [email protected].

Sitka Conservation Society is an Equal Opportunity employer and will endeavor to provide equal opportunity to all qualified employees and applicants for employment. All aspects of employment will be governed on the basis of merit, competence, and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender identity, age, national origin, mental or physical disability (except where the disability prevents the individual from being able to perform the essential functions of the job and cannot be reasonably accommodated in full compliance with the law), marital status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or any other basis prohibited by law. All decisions made with respect to recruiting, hiring, and promotions for all job classifications will be based on individual qualifications related to the requirements of the position and the sole discretion of Sitka Conservation Society.

Additionally, Sitka Conservation Society makes reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities unless it would be an undue hardship.

This policy applies to all employment practices and personnel actions including advertising, recruitment, testing, screening, hiring, selection for training, upgrading, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay and other forms of compensation or overtime.