Environmental Technician Apprenticeship Program

New application period effective February 3rd, 2014.

The Alaska Forum Environmental Technician Apprenticeship Program has begun a new application period beginning February 3, 2014 and lasting until March 15th. Follow up interviews will occur in Mrmch and April. Successful applicants will be notified in May and can begin their core training requirements May 26, 2014.

The number of Applicants selected for Apprenticeship will depend upon employer anticipated needs.

The application form is availble by clicking here.


General Information:

The Alaska Forum is the registered sponsor of the Environmental Technician Apprenticeship Program by the US Department of Labor. An Environmental Technician Apprentice will receive specific classroom instruction and work 4,000 hours of on-the- job training to develop skills as a proficient and versatile worker.

Apprenticeship applications for the 2014 cycle will be accepted from Applications will be reviewed by the Alaska Forum and our Apprenticeship Committee of participating employers to select candidates for our 2014 Appenticeship. Selected applicants will have the opportunity to take the core classroom requirements beginning May 26, 2014. Employers will hire selected Apprentices as field season work begins (often in June each year, depending upon employer and project scope).

Trained Environmental Technicians:

  • Collect environmental field data including emission and atmospheric monitoring measurements, soil and water samples and other field data
  • Set up, maintain and calibrate monitoring equipment and instruments
  • Prepare written reports and compile tables, figures, charts and graphs
  • Provide data and technical support to government agencies, environmental programs, industry and the public
  • Conduct environmental audits and investigate incidents and accidents
  • Implement programs to monitor development activities and recommend ways to minimize impact of production processes on the environment
  • Use geo-positioning devices and field survey tools to incorporate data into computer mapping systems
  • Coordinate site logistics and procurement of tools, instruments and equipment
  • Comply with safety regulations, policies and procedures

Information for Apprentices:

Advantages to Apprentices:
  • "Earn while you Learn"
  • Tuition and fees covered by ADOL grant
  • Training and certifications meet or exceed industry standards
  • Eligible for up to 19 credits at the University of Alaska upon completion of the program
  • Learn Current advanced technology and procedures
  • Work directly with employers and develop a career
  • OJT and RTI requirements - download here
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma or have earned a GED
  • Be an Alaska resident for the last 12 consecutive months
  • Have a valid Alaska driver's license (or ability to obtain)
  • Pass drug and alcohol tests
  • Subject to background screening

The minimum starting wage for apprentices is about $15 per hour for on-the-job training with some variation amongst employers. Wages are not paid for related classroom instruction

  • We will be seeking applicants that have identified potential employers. To learn more how you can join this program as an employer or Apprentice, please call us at (907) 331-0271 or email


Information for Employers:

Advantages for Employers:
  • Training is tailored to meet specific needs
  • Knowledge and experience passes to new employees
  • Enhanced pool of skilled works and effective recruitment tool
  • Standardized training throughout the industry
  • Training costs shared across the industry
  • Potential bid selection advantages and support local hire program
  • Potential tax advantages and training cost reduction


Participating Employers:


Funding for this program is provided by the Alaska Department of Labor and WorkForce Development.

Questions on this program should be directed to or by calling (907) 331-0271.


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Updated: 25 June 2014

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