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Tongass National Forest, VetsWork partner to provide career training for veterans


December 19, 2019
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(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - The Tongass National Forest and Mt. Adams Institute announced a new partnership bringing the national career-training program for military veterans, VetsWork Environment, to the forest. The VetsWork program provides an opportunity for local veterans to transition to a career in natural resources and public lands management.

The forest is hosting a 45-week, hands-on internship in which participants will learn new skills while supporting recreation, visitor services, and surveying projects across the forest.

The internship positions are based out of Hoonah, Juneau, Ketchikan, and Petersburg, and begin on February 3, 2020.

Participants receive a modest living stipend, basic health insurance, an AmeriCorps education award of $6,195 and other benefits including potential housing assistance. As a result of the program’s success, the Department of Labor has designated VetsWork as an official apprenticeship program, which allows participants to access additional GI Bill benefits.

Review the position descriptions at

Interested applicants should contact the Mt. Adams Institute’s recruitment coordinator at .


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Edited By Mary Kauffman, SitNews

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