Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service, as we prepare for a second century of Stewardship and Engagement. Become a part of our mission to connect with our past and create important connections to the future by building a rich and lasting legacy for the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates.
Position is located at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Skagway, Alaska. Skagway is located 90 air miles northwest of Juneau, Alaska, and is the northern terminus of the Alaska Marine Highway ferry system. It is a year-round seaport along a beautiful network of fjords. Tourism is the primary economic base. The town is a major cruise ship destination between May and September, and Klondike Gold Rush NHP is the most visited national park area in Alaska. Skagway has a population of 862 year-round residents with two to three times that number in the summer. The town offers a school (K-12), post office, bank, library, community recreation center, medical clinic, and churches of several denominations, plus limited year-round shopping for food, hardware, fuels, clothing, entertainment and gifts, and dining. Popular backcountry skiing, snow machine, and snowshoe areas are located within 20 miles of town. During the summer visitation season, there are many more restaurants and retail outlets available and excellent hiking and boating opportunities abound. Major purchases are made either through the mail or by trips to nearby cities like Juneau and Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada. There is a small clinic for minor medical treatment. Major medical and dental facilities are available in Juneau, Anchorage, Seattle WA, or Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada. Skagway has good transportation connections and the town can be reached by road through Canada (Klondike Highway), light aircraft from Juneau, and the Alaska state ferry system. Average high/low daily temperatures in January are 26º/16ºF. and in July, 68º/60ºF. Average annual precipitation is 26.5 inches. Cost of housing is relatively high; and government housing is generally not available. Additional information about the park and the community can be found by visiting the park’s website, www.nps.gov/klgo.
CAREER SEASONAL- This position is a career seasonal position. The work schedule provides for at least 26 weeks of full-time work, and up to 26 weeks of non-duty/non-pay time, per year. It is possible that work time can be extended depending on budget, workload, weather, or for other reasons. When your services are not required, you will be placed in non-pay/non-duty status. You will have the option to continue your health coverage while in non-pay.
More than one position may be filled with this vacancy; if needed.
Government housing is NOT available.
The incumbent manages the museum collections, containing over 350,000 items, for Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, in Skagway, Alaska. The museum curator provides professional and technical direction for the museum collection program, prioritizing tasks, managing budgets, and planning for future needs. He/she develops recommendations for park management for protecting and providing public access to the parks collections and is involved in the preservation of over 25 historic structures in the Skagway, Alaska unit of Klondike Gold Rush NHP.
The museum curator manages and documents the museum collections according to all applicable laws and policies and represents the superintendent when working with external partners such as the State of Alaska, the Municipality of Skagway Borough, tribal governments, and the public on museum matters. He/she is a core team member for museum planning and exhibit planning and works closely with other divisions such as interpretation and education in providing public information and exhibits on Gold Rush era history.
For questions regarding the duties of this position, please call Mike Tranel at (907) 983-9200.