Traditional Food Security Intern

Hydaburg, AK 99922, USA Req #218
Friday, October 20, 2023

Job Title: Traditional Food Security Intern


Location: Hydaburg/Prince of Wales Island, Alaska


Job Summary:

Join Tlingit & Haida as the Traditional Food Security Intern and advocate for local tribal resources and food security this summer. As the Traditional Food Security Intern, you will gain knowledge in the local wild renewable resources Indigenous peoples in Southeast Alaska depend on, how its fits into our culture, and how tribes are taking active roles in co-stewardship activities. You will create partnerships with tribes to build our capacity for the future to assume the management of our local food resources, maximizing their utilization, while maintaining balance in the ecosystem. You will learn to harvest fish and wildlife through culturally appropriate methods, demonstrating the values of reciprocity and sharing. You will also gain in-depth knowledge of state and federal management programs and understanding of harvest regulations.

Through this internship, you will be a culture camp instructor that perpetuates the significance of tribal food security and practicing our traditional ways of life. We anticipate four summer camps this upcoming year, usually lasting a week per camp.

This internship will take place in Hydaburg on Prince of Wales Island, with travel to various field work and research locations around Southeast Alaska.



  • Assist in harvesting marine mammals for fur and consumption.
  • Assist in harvesting of halibut, salmon, shrimp, deer, etc. for the utilization in instructional camps and for distribution to the elders and youth of the tribe.
  • Assist with database management.
  • Travel to remote locations to locate and document resources our tribal people can harvest in abundance.
  • Promote traditional harvesting practices and sharing our natural resources through education
  • Learn about and participate in culture camp planning and execution.
  • Attend meetings and workshops.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Interest in the field(s) of natural resources, environmental science, policy, or cultural resources.
  • Willing and able to work outdoors in inclement weather and on challenging terrain.
  • Able to both collaborate with a team and work independently.
  • You will need a valid driver’s license to drive company vehicles.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Must be a Sealaska shareholder, descendant of a shareholder, or spouse of a shareholder.
  • Legally authorized to work in the United States
  • 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


  • Study in the field of natural resources, environmental science, policy or cultural resources
  • Flexibility to work outside of normal work hours and travel within Southeast communities, as needed.
  • 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.
  • Submit a cover letter expressing your interest in this role 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 comfortable being on a boat for extended periods of time.
  • Must be willing to hike on challenging terrain.
  • Must be able to lift and carry or otherwise move 30 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, standing, or crouching as necessary.

Work Environment:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee will primarily work
  • The employee should have appropriate attire for performing field work in a variety of weather conditions.

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
  • Min Hiring Rate $22.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $22.00
  • Travel Required Yes
Location on Google Maps
  • Hydaburg, AK 99922, USA