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Environmental Career Fair Shows High Schoolers a Variety of Opportunities
10 Region, December 8, 2005
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What do a Fish and Wildlife Service biologist, a landscape architect, and a geologist for an oil company all have in common?  The environment of course!  Sixteen agencies and organizations in the natural resource field participated in the second annual “Environmental Career Fair” at Service High School in Anchorage, Alaska.  Over 500 students, mostly freshmen, visited with employees in environmental fields to learn about their jobs and career pathways. Employees represented a variety of fields, from government agencies, to private industry, to non profit organizations.  Each student picked a job type to learn about; they then found out what college classes to take, what skills and personal characteristics are needed for that job, what summer positions are helpful to gain experience, and even what classes are available at their high school right now that could help them prepare.

The Environmental Career Fair is conducted as a partnership between the Fish and Wildlife Service and the King Career Center, an Anchorage technical high school offering a program in Natural Resource Management.  The partners plan to offer the fair as an outdoor hands-on event with scientific activities in the spring for all Anchorage high schools, and as an indoor “job fair” style event in the fall that will rotate between area high schools.

Contact Info: Kevin Painter, , kevin_painter@fws.gov



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