We are looking for our Youth for Habitat participants for 2023!

Are you between the ages of 13 and 15? 

Are you interested in science, nature, and conservation?

Are you looking for a fun and exicting summer opportunity? 

We are looking for students who are enthusiastic about natural conservation to participate in our summer Youth for Habitat program. For 10 day sessions, students will learn and experience in a wide variety of fields related to habitat restoration, fisheries, invasive plants, water quality testing, hydroponic farming, and much more. The program will run for 4 sessions, Monday through Friday 9 am - 4 pm. 

Dates for the 2023 sessions are:

Beginner Sessions:

May 22 - June 2

June 5 - June 16

Advanced Sessions:

July 10 - July 21

July 31 - August 11

If you are interested in applying for the program this year, please fill out the application  below and email to chelsea.fswcd@gmail.com or call 907-479-1213 ext. 6.

2023 Youth for Habitat Application



What is Youth for Habitat? 

Youth for Habitat is an educational program that recruits local youth (ages 13-16) to engage in scientific research, community outreach, & service learning projects. Since 2009, we have worked to improve local wildlife habitats & provide youth with valuable skills & knowledge about natural resources & ecology in Interior Alaska.  Our goal is to get youth outdoors & enthusiastic about the many opportunities for lifelong engagement in their environment, while contributing service that improves the local community.

If you love the outdoors, science, hands-on activities, & are open to learning about salmon, wildlife, research, & what it's like to work in the natural resources field, this could be an exciting program for you!*

Activities include:

Educational opportunities include:

Participants join us for a two week Beginner Corps program their first year, & upon successful completion, return the following summer for two weeks in Advanced Corps, which tackles large-scale restoration projects from start to finish. Each program offers a stipend.

Applications are available in early spring (March) of every year, through our website as well as local middle & charter schools, & homeschool organizations. All applicants are required to interview for the program, with acceptance awards following.** Programs run throughout the summer from late May until early August, with specific dates varying each year.

*No prior work or outdoor experience is required, but enthusiasm is expected!

**Submitting an application and interviewing are not guarantees of acceptance into the program as spots are limited.


Check out photos from the 2020 season!




We will be looking for a Youth Coordinator for the 2022 season!


If you are interested in joining the Youth for Habitat team, please check out the job description and reach out to Mel with questions.

You can find the posting on the Whats New? tab on the Homepage, or by checking out our Job Opportunities under About Us.


For questions about the position, email Mel.fswcd@gmail.com or call 907-479-1213 ex. 5.