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Fisheries Program & Outreach Intern

Sitka, AK, USA ● Virtual Req #230
Friday, October 20, 2023

Job Title: Fisheries Program & Outreach Intern


Location: Sitka, AK preferred, with remote option


Job Summary:

Are you passionate about climate change science and fisheries? Join Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association (ALFA) as the Fisheries Program & Outreach Intern this summer! This internship will provide exposure to new experiences and ideas, an opportunity to build skills while substantially contributing to ALFA programs, and an enhanced appreciation for Alaska's fisheries and the marine environment.

You will assist with research projects, including outreach to fishermen to support participation in ALFA's bathymetric mapping program. You will also support summer program activities, such as the Crew Apprentice Program/Young Fishermen initiative by helping place apprentices, plan trainings and explore programmatic expansion opportunities into other rural communities. Apply your interest in science by supporting ALFA’s climate resilience research and fishery access barriers in surrounding rural communities. Depending on your interests and abilities, there will be opportunities to support aspects of operating our Community Supported Fishery (CSF) program Alaskans Own and seafood donation program.

Finally, opportunities will be provided to gain experience in writing/designing outreach materials for events, CSF newsletters, and ALFA website updates as well as helpcreate media and promotional materials.

Preference is for this internship to take place in person in Sitka, AK.


  • Receive training in fisheries management advocacy.
  • Learn about program coordination and community outreach for ALFA’s programs.
  • Gain networking possibilities and on-the-job experience in local, state and national fisheries management forums as well as in programmatic outreach.
  • Work on an audio documentary project that records the stories, knowledge, culture and personal experiences of Alaska small boat commercial fishermen, and advocates for marine conservation in support of sustainable small boat fisheries.
  • Work with climate resilience research, researching fisheries access barriers, and helping to run/plan trainings/evaluate our crew apprentice program as well as the expansion of these programs in rural/indigenous communities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Team-motivated, self-directed, and respectful
  • Love for the marine environment
  • Able to both collaborate with a team and work independently
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Must be a Sealaska shareholder, descendant of a shareholder, or spouse of a shareholder
  • Ability to travel as needed

Education and Experience:

  • Must be age 18 at time of hire
  • Must be currently enrolled in post-secondary school/program or a recent graduate (1-2 years)
  • Legally authorized to work in the United States


  • Studying science with an interest in climate change science or fisheries
  • At least a 2.5 GPA
  • Strong critical thinking and research skills
  • Self-starter with ability to adapt to a fast-paced work environment


Application Process:

  • Complete online application at by January 22, 2024.
  • Submit a resume and recent transcript (unofficial) with online application.
  • You may be asked to provide proof of your status as a Sealaska shareholder, shareholder descendant, or shareholder spouse.
  • You must successfully complete a background check prior to onboarding at Sealaska.


About Sealaska Intern Program

The Sealaska intern program exists to uplift Sealaska shareholders and their descendants pursuing post-secondary education with meaningful career experience, learning opportunities, and a supportive community. Interns explore career interests, grow professional skills, and connect with the unique and vibrant cultures of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian people. You will spend the summer with peers who share an Alaska Native heritage, learning from each other and building a community as you venture into your careers. Learn more at

Working Conditions and Physical Demands:

The physical and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical demands:

  • Must be able to perform computer-based tasks and processing for up to 8 hours, including sitting or standing, mousing, interacting with information on a computer monitor.
  • Must be able to lift and carry or otherwise move 25 pounds regularly.
  • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Bending or standing as necessary.

Work Environment:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee will primarily work in an office setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal.

This description is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, skills or working conditions associated with the position. It is intended to accurately reflect the activities and requirements of the position, but duties may be added, deleted, or modified, as necessary. This description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

Who is Sealaska? Established in 1972, Sealaska is the Alaska Native regional corporation for Southeast Alaska. Our 23,000 shareholders are Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people with more than 10,000 years of ancestral ties to the oceans, forests and communities of Southeast Alaska. We serve the twin goals of economic prosperity and environmental protection. 
We are committed to providing the best possible climate for maximum development and goal achievement for all our employees.  As a Native-owned company, Sealaska Corporation is proud to promote an inclusive and diverse workplace, with respect for the cultural traditions in the communities where we operate.
Sealaska Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are considered without regard to age, sex, race, national origin, religion, marital status or physical disability.  However, preference may be extended to an enrolled member of a federally-recognized Indian Tribe*
*“Indian Tribe” means an Indian Tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska Native village or regional or village corporation as defined in or established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (85 Stat. 668; 43 U.S.C. 1601) which is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Employment Indicator Internship
  • Min Hiring Rate $22.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $22.00
  • Travel Required Yes
Location on Google Maps
  • Sitka, AK, USA
  • Virtual