Alaska State Parks Volunteer Program Campground Host Positions

Kenai/Prince William Sound Area

Kenai/PWS Area Office

PO Box 1247
Soldotna, AK 99669
phone: (907) 262-5581
fax: (907) 262-3717
email:dnr.pkskenai@alaska.gov

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Lowell Point State Recreation Site
This twenty-acre park is located two miles south of Seward. It offers beach access to scenic Resurrection Bay and is the trailhead for the Caines Head State Recreation Area. Facilities include day use area, latrines and overnight trailhead parking.
Special Projects: Provide visitor information, litter pickup, maintain and supply latrines.
Amenities: Electricity, water and sewer. Subsistence payment
Season: 2 - 4 months, Starting 5/15
Contact: Ranger Jack Ransom


Bing's Landing Campground - Kenai River Special Management Area (1 position) 
This forested campground is located on the Kenai River, above Naptown Rapids in Sterling. There is a State Parks boat launch near the campground. River and shore fishing for trout and salmon (kings, reds and silvers) is available.
Special Projects: Position requires daily maintenance of three latrines, monitor fee compliance, litter pickup and educating the public.
Amenities: Free camping, subsistence payment and holding tank for septic. All services located nearby in Sterling.
Season: 3 months, starting 6/1.
Contact: Ranger Don Barber


Bing's Landing Boat Launch - Kenai River Special Management Area (1 position) 
This forested day use boat launch is located on the Kenai River, above Naptown Rapids in Sterling. There is
a campground near the boat launch. River and shore fishing for trout and salmon (kings, reds and silvers) is
available.
Special Projects: Position requires daily maintenance of three latrines, monitor fee compliance, litter pickup and educating the public.
Amenities: Free camping, subsistence payment and holding tank for septic. All services located nearby in Sterling.
Season: 3 months, starting 6/1.
Contact: Ranger Don Barber


Funny River Campground - Kenai River Special Management Area
This small, minimally improved 12 unit campground and day use area is located at the confluence of the Funny and Kenai Rivers, 11 miles from Soldotna. Improved angler access is available. Fishing is good for sockeye and silver salmon and trout.
Special Projects: As arranged.
Amenities:  Free camping, subsistence payment, electrical hookup, water on-site and storage cabin. 
Season: 2-4 months, Starting 6/1
Contact: Ranger Melissa Smith


Izaak Walton Campground - Kenai River Special Management Area
Located in Sterling, this 31 site campground sits at the confluence of the Moose and Kenai Rivers in a mature spruce forest. This historical site offers camping, day use facilities and a boat launch.  Fishing is good for salmon and trout.
Special Projects: As arranged.
Amenities: Free camping, subsistence payment, electrical hookup, water on-site, all services located in Sterling.
Season: 2 - 4 months, Starting 6/1
Contact: Ranger Don Barber


Morgan's Landing Campground - Kenai River Special Management Area
High on a bluff overlooking the Kenai River, this park offers magnificent views of the Kenai Mountain Range. The campground has 39 sites and an over flow camping area. There are also walking trails and access to fishing on the Kenai River for salmon and trout.
Special Projects: Position requires daily maintenance of latrines, monitor fee compliance, litter pickup and educating the public.
Amenities: Free camping, subsistence payment, electrical hookup, water, sewer, ranger station on-site.
Season: 2 - 4 months, Starting 6/1
Contact: Ranger Melissa Smith

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Morgan's Landing Day Use Parking - Kenai River Special Management Area
High on a bluff overlooking the Kenai River, this park offers magnificent views of the Kenai Mountain Range, and day use access. There are also walking trails and access to fishing on the Kenai River for salmon and trout.
Special Projects:Position requires daily maintenance of latrines, monitor fee compliance, litter pickup and educating the public. Maintenance of the Kenai and Prince William Sound office grounds and gardens.
Amenities: Free camping, subsistence payment, electrical hookup, water, sewer, ranger station on-site.
Season: 2 - 4 months, Starting 6/1
Contact: Ranger Melissa Smith


Maintenance Host - Kenai River Special Management Area
This position is based out of the Kenai River Ranger Station located in Sterling. This position assists with maintaining all of the state park facilities in the Kenai River Special Management Area. The Kenai River SMA is 105 miles long and consists of fifteen developed land based facilities. There are great local opportunities to catch red and silver salmon, as well as rainbow trout and Dolly Varden.
Special Projects: Replace and construct picnic tables. Paint park buildings, docks and walkways. Repair and improve campground sites. Repair and install park signs and fencing. Assist area host, monitor fee compliance, litter pickup and educate the public.
Required Skills:  Must possess a valid (current) driver’s license and clean driving record.  Must possess a strong work ethic; able to work together with others; be in good physical condition and able to lift and carry tools and packs up to 35 lbs. in weight; working knowledge of basic hand and power tools.
Amenities: Trailer home that includes heat, electricity, water, laundry and shower, subsistence payment.
Season: 3 months, Starting 6/1
Contact: District Ranger Jacques Kosto



Cooper Landing Boat Launch - Kenai River Special Management Area
This park unit is located on the upper Kenai River, at the outlet of Kenai Lake at Cooper Landing. The surrounding mountains offer outstanding opportunities to view Dall sheep and mountain goat. This unit has walkways and a boat launch. A cabin is provided for the host to reside in. Although bank fishing is not allowed at this site, there are great local opportunities to catch red and silver salmon, as well as rainbow trout and Dolly Varden.
Special Projects: As arranged.
Amenities: Log cabin includes oil heat, electricity, water and shower, subsistence payment which may include oil heat cost.
Season: 4 months, 5/15 - 9/15 with possible over-wintering without subsistence payment.
Contact: Ranger Don Barber



The Pillars Boat Launch & Cabin Caretaker - Kenai River Special Management Area
The Pillars is a day use facility, located on the lower Kenai River that provides day use parking, boat launch, boardwalk and latrines. 
Special Projects: Position requires daily maintenance of three latrines, monitor fee compliance, litter pickup and educating the public.
Amenities: Small log cabin equipped with propane fridge, stove, and heat. Water on site, and subsistence payment.
Season: 3 months, Starting 6/1
Contact: Ranger Tom Anthony



Kasilof River State Recreation Site
This recreation site is located along the Kasilof River about ten miles south of Soldotna. Boat launch and day use parking areas are located in a mature spruce forest next to the river. Alaskan residents and visitors enjoy fishing the Kasilof River for salmon.
Special Projects: As arranged.
Amenities: Subsistence payment, holding tank, all services available in Soldonta
Season: 2 - 4 months starting May 15
Contact: Ranger Jacqui Erion


Crooked Creek State Recreation Site
This campground is at the confluence of Crooked Creek and the Kasilof River. It offers some of the most successful King salmon bank fishing in the state. There are walking trails along the Kasilof River. Access to Cook Inlet beaches is nearby. One of the volunteer positions performs park host duties such as monitoring park use, answering visitor questions, and assisting with campground operations. The other volunteer position performs maintenance and cleaning duties in the campground.
Special Projects: As arranged. May include working in park entrance station.
Amenities: Subsistence payment, phone, electricity, and holding tank. All services available in Soldotna.
Season: 2 - 4 months starting May 15
Contact: Ranger Jacqui Erion


Johnson Lake State Recreation Area (2 positions)
This popular campground is located on the shore of Johnson Lake in a mature spruce and birch forest, about twelve miles south of Soldotna. Johnson Lake is a non-motorized lake and is a great lake to explore by canoe and kayak. One of the volunteer positions performs park host duties such as monitoring park use, answering visitor questions, and assisting with campground operations. The other volunteer position performs maintenance and cleaning duties in the campground.
Special Projects: As arranged.
Amenities: Subsistence payment, power and dump tank. All services available in Soldotna.
Season: 2 - 4 months starting May 15
Contact: Ranger Jacqui Erion


Clam Gulch State Recreation Area
Local residents and visitors are drawn to this recreation area to dig for razor clams during low tide cycles. A day use parking and overnight camping area are located on a bluff overlooking scenic Cook Inlet and the Alaska Range. An access road allows people to drive four wheel drive or all-terrain vehicles to the beach. This recreation area is located about twenty miles south of Soldotna.
Special Projects: As arranged. May include working in park entrance station.
Amenities: Subsistence payment, electricity. All services are available in Soldotna.
Season: 2 - 4 months starting May 15
Contact: Ranger Jacqui Erion

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Ninilchik River Campground - Ninilchik State Recreation Area
This thirty-nine site campground is located in a mature spruce and birch forest about one mile north of Ninilchik. Visitors will typically stay at this campground while they are fishing in the nearby Ninilchik River and Deep Creek or digging for razor clams at Ninilchik Beach.
Special Projects: As arranged.
Amenities: Subsistence payment, holding tank, shower and laundry facilities available at park office. All services available in Ninilchik.
Season: 2 - 4 months starting May 15
Contact: Ranger Jacqui Erion


Ninilchik View Campground - Ninilchik State Recreation Area
The Ninilchik View campground has 13 camping sites located on a bluff overlooking Cook Inlet. This area offers beautiful views of Cook Inlet, the Alaska Range, and the Ninilchik Village. The campground is located in a forest of large cottonwood trees with direct trail access to Ninilchik Beach.
Special Projects: As arranged.
Amenities: Subsistence payment, electricity and water, shower and laundry facility available at park office. Other services are available in Ninilchik.
Season: 2 - 4 months starting May 15
Contact: Ranger Jacqui Erion


Deep Creek State Recreation Area (2 positions)
This campground is located along Cook Inlet and offers excellent views of the Inlet and the Alaska Range. The campground is located along the beach uplands where Deep Creek enters Cook Inlet. Many species of shorebirds can be seen along the beach. Deep Creek is a popular road side salmon fishing area. The campground has 60 sites and an additional 60 sites for day use parking. The day use area includes a tractor launch facility to launch and retrieve boats on the beach. This service is offered by a private business to access the world famous Cook Inlet salmon and halibut fishing grounds.
Special Projects: As arranged. May include working in park entrance station.
Amenities: Subsistence payment, shower and laundry facility available at park office. Other services are available in Ninilchik.
Season: 2 - 4 months starting May 15
Contact: Ranger Jacqui Erion

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