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SAGA: Young Alaskans needed for summer field work

Participants needed in Juneau, Anchorage for 2012 summer season

Posted: May 24, 2012 - 11:00pm

The Southeast Alaska Guidance Association is still looking for young Alaskans to work on summer field crews for their Juneau and Anchorage based Serve Alaska Youth Corps program, the organization announced in a release this week.

Alaska residents between the ages of 17- and 24-years-old are eligible for this AmeriCorps program, whose goals are to provide workforce training and job and life skills to young people in order to enhance their employability and leadership skills.

The release stated SAYC crews work for 10 weeks beginning on June 4 and projects this year will include removing invasive weeds, building trails, clearing brush, cleaning up marine debris and other field-based projects on public lands in Southeast and Southcentral Alaska.

The SAYC program is a residential work program, where crews “spike-camp” at work sites all summer. Mike Ksenyak, human resources manager at SAGA, said a spike camp is a remote camp set up by crews who will be living and working in the field.

He said during the course of their service, SAYC members learn basic job skills such as how to create a resume, interview tips and job-searching skills. Depending on the age and needs of our crews, SAGA also teaches life skills, such as healthy foods and meal planning, communication skills and conflict resolution, Ksenyak said.

SAYC crews earn a living stipend of around $1,000 a month during the summer and then receive an education award at the end of their service, which can be used to pay to attend trade schools and GED completion courses, and cover community college and university costs.

“If you are a young person who is looking to raise some cash for school- whether it is to pay for college, take a trade course, or finish your GED — and you can work hard — our SAYC crews are a great choice for you.” Beverly Schoonover, executive director of SAGA, said. “SAYC crews are a unique working opportunity. (Crews) travel, camp, cook and live together ...”

Schoonover said members are needed at both the Juneau and Anchorage field offices for the 2012 summer season.

Plus, Ksenyak said, “It’s a great way to explore wild Alaska and see other parts of the state.”

SAGA is a federally recognized nonprofit organization with a mission is to provide service-learning opportunities to improve lives, lands and communities in Alaska.

The release stated position descriptions and applications can be found online atservealaska.org.

For more information, contact Ksenyak, 907-790-6412.

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