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Begich Announces Summer Employment Opportunities for Youth

Federal agencies have jobs across Alaska

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich today announced hundreds of job opportunities for young people in Alaska’s federal parks, refuges and with several federal programs. Begich made the announcement at the BLM Campbell Creek Science Center in Anchorage standing with representatives from several federal agencies with jobs available in many parts of the state.

“There are many wonderful opportunities for young people across this state to get a job, many outdoors, and learn more about Alaska as well as important job skills,” Begich said. “As we continue to build and strengthen our economy, we must remember employment and job training for young people is an important part of the equation.”

The agencies joining Begich for the news conference included U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, USDA Forest Service Alaska Region, Bureau of Land Management, Anchorage Parks Foundation and the SAGA AmeriCorps in Alaska program. Regional and state directors from the agencies outlined the youth employment and education programs and the federal funding available for those programs.

Many of the jobs are funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) which is bringing well over $1 million to Alaska in 2010 to fund hundreds of youth positions run by the agencies.

Examples include:

· National Park Service – Youth intern programs for ages 15-25 to be educated in career opportunities; Youth Partnership Programs for employment and educational opportunities for minority and disadvanted youth in national parks; Engineering, architectures and media development internships in regional offices;

· U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Partners for Fisheries Monitoring Program for high school and college students; Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program for college students in the biological science field offering college course credit;

· Bureau of Land Management – Staff assistants, budget analyst trainees, business support trainees, heavy equipment operators, firefighters, archaeology assistants and river patrols; Internship programs for education assistants, reindeer grazing, wildlife management, forestry, mining, and recreation management;

· USDA Forest Service Alaska Region – Over 180 jobs provided for youth and young adults;

· Anchorage Parks Foundation – Youth Employment in the Parks providing 80 positions for Anchorage youth to gain “first job” experience in the outdoors and in the natural resource field;

· AmeriCorp - Projects in six Alaska national parks removing invasive plant species and completing projects for other agencies and non-profits; Monthly stipends and health insurance for youths in the program, as well as transition support from the corps to employment, school or fulltime service.

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articipating youth will be employed and working on projects throughout Alaska. They will be working in regional offices, on trails, monitoring wildlife and development necessary skills to pursue a career understanding and protecting Alaska’s natural resources.

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