The 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. SCS works to catalyze systems change to achieve increased community prosperity in ways that are regenerative, while protecting and conserving the natural environment. Through partnerships with a wide range of State and Federal agencies, tribal entities, Alaska Native corporations, non-profits, and businesses, we work to create a strong social and economic future for our communities and Alaska; while conserving what we love about Alaska’s natural environment, facing the issues of climate change, and preserving our ecosystems, wildlife and fisheries.

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!

We will use this page to post 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. 

Currently there are no open positions at SCS, but you can hear about upcoming employment opportunities through our newsletter here!

Jobs Hosted By Our Partners

Tribal Relations Specialist

The USDA Forest Service – Tongass National Forest is hiring Tribal Relations Specialists!

Specialists will work with a fundamental team to increase relationships, communication, and trust building with Tribes, Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs), and other tribal organizations.

Final determination of duty station will be made by the selecting official at the time of the job offer.

To review the announcement and apply, please go to: USAJOBS - Job Announcement

Deadline to apply: October 17, 2023

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Jennifer Hanlon at [email protected].

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].

SCS Internships

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.

We also host 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.

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]

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.