Southeast Alaska Youth Can Spend the Summer Stewarding the Environment in their own Backyards

The Training Rural Alaskan Youth Leaders & Students (TRAYLS) summer program is looking for applicants for various crews. 

TRAYLS program participants on Prince of Wales Island, summer 2017

TRAYLS blends experiential education, on the job training, career counseling and job placement for youth in Southeast Alaska to get on the path to higher education and employment in natural resource stewardship. Youth can apply who are interested in learning natural resource management practices including wildlife habitat mapping, salmon stream surveys, road condition surveys, field archeology and others.

TRAYLS programs happening this summer:

  • Hoonah Community Crew: May 18 – August 10. This crew is open to 16-25 year-olds of Alaska Native descent.
  • Prince of Wales Corps Team: May 18 – August 10. This team is open to 18-25 year-olds of Alaska Native descent.
  • Prince of Wales Youth Crew: June 4 – July 27 with the week of 4th of July off. This crew is open to 15-17 year-olds of Alaska Native descent
  • Northern Baranof Field Crew out of Sitka: May 18 -August 10. This crew is open to 18-25 year-olds preferably from Sitka.

The programs are looking for participants and crew leaders. Apply by Wednesday, April 25 using this Google form if you are interested.

Sealaska remains a key partner of this program. Sealaska’s 2017 pilot program was such a success that Student Conservation Association (SCA) is the administrative oversight this year for TRAYLS.


Read about TRAYLS 2017 pilot program led by Sealaska's Bob Girt, Sr. Environmental Compliance and Liaison Specialist for Sealaska Timber.

Photos by Bethany Goodrich courtesy of the Sustainable Southeast Partnership