Denali Education Center

Denali Education Center connects people to Denali through fun, informative, and inspiring programs that help build lifelong friendships, lasting memories, and a sense of connection to nature.


Located on the edge of Denali National Park along the Nenana River, Denali Education Center has exemplary staff working in the field and in the office. Our organization experiences a low staff turnover, so be prepared to fall in love with a dynamic and fun family of people!

Below is a list of our staffing needs for summer 2015. Click on the job title for a full position description and contact.


Kitchen Manager
Responsible for overseeing all food service for our programs, supervising kitchen staff and ensuring the adequate preparation and presentation of food for Denali Education Center guests. Qualifications include: passion for food with the desire to create meals that inspire, enjoyment in trying new things and ability to work independently and creatively.

Campus Cook
Responsible for assisting the Kitchen Manager with campus operations including; receiving inventory, preparation of family-style meals and specialty meals for guests with dietary restrictions, ensuring a clean kitchen and work space at all times and other duties as assigned.

Program Coordinator
Schedule and lead summer residential programs on our campus. Coordinators work closely with participants and staff to provide outstandingly fun educational experiences that help people fall in love with Denali.

Hospitality Staff (part-time)
Responsible for housekeeping and maintaining cleanliness throughout the facility.

Event Manager
The Event Manager is the primary contact for all events and performances in the Charles Sheldon Center as well as major fundraising events including the Healy Tundra Challenge Golf Tournament.

We welcome volunteers anytime! If you’re interested in sweeping a hike, hauling gravel, gardening, fundraising events, or any number of other tasks, we’d love to have you.

We always enjoy learning about new people, so please introduce yourself via a resume and a letter describing your skills and interests. Resumes are kept on file for one year.


About Denali Education Center

The mission of the Denali Education Center is to foster understanding and appreciation of Denali through informative and inspiring programs.

Our Vision

All who come to Denali enjoy a sense of connection to nature that they share with others.

Our History

Denali Education Center, known as Denali Foundation before 2007, was established by the Denali Park Concessionaire and the Denali National Park Superintendent. Their vision was to create a non-profit to support research in the Park and serve as a meeting place for ideas; where researchers would share their findings with conservation professionals, guides, visitors, and the local community. Denali Foundation was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in November 1989.

Since then, we have offered residential education programs in Denali in partnership nonprofit and affinity groups including Road Scholar. These residential programs bring people from far and wide to the Park for a full week of exploring and learning about subarctic plants, animals, and ecology. As support for research in Denali became a top priority for other organizations, our primary focus became educational programming.

2014 marks our 25th season offering residential programs and we continue to support research in the Park through the Discover Denali Research Fellowship. Through the years our educational programs have grown and diversified to include: summer camp programs for local youth and at-risk and developmentally challenged youth; naturalist led day programs for park visitors; and lectures, concerts, and workshops for the local community.abound.

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