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US Fish & Wildlife Service FieldNotes
ALASKA: Youth in the Great Outdoors-Work- The Next Generation
Region 7, January 2, 2014
Youth in the Great Outdoors is moving the needle on conservation by engaging youth in play, learn, work/serve and conservation activities.
Youth in the Great Outdoors is moving the needle on conservation by engaging youth in play, learn, work/serve and conservation activities. - Photo Credit: n/a

In 2013, despite drastic declines in funding, the Service used a variety of tools to employ nearly 100 youth, ages 14-25 across the state of Alaska. Through direct hire programs, like the Pathways Internship program, we hired six youth. Four of these youth learned valuable technical skills by assisting biologists and researchers. Two youth developed communications, customer service, and educational skills engaging the public on national wildlife refuges.

In addition to direct hires, the Service in Alaska partnered with an array of local and national organization to employ nearly 95 youth from diverse backgrounds. These young people worked on the front lines of wildlife and habitat conservation in some of this country’s wildest and remote places.

Partners included: American Conservation Experience, Alaska Geographic, ANSEP* (Alaska Native, Science & Engineering Program), Alaska Pacific University, Barrow Arctic Science Consortium, Bristol Bay Native Association, CDIP* (Career Discovery Internship Program), Friends of Alaska National Wildlife, Refuges, Koniag Koniag, Inc., Kuskokwim Native Association, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, Native Village of Eyak, Orutsararmuit Native Council, Quinhagak Traditional Council, SAGA* (Southeast Alaska Guidance Association), SCA* (Student Conservation Association), Tanana Chiefs Conference, University of Alaska, Wildlife Conservation Society Arctic Program, YCC* (Youth Conservation Corps), and YEP* (Youth Employment in Parks).
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Contact Info: Kristen Gilbert, 907-786-3391, kristen_gilbert@fws.gov