Training Rural Alaskan Youth Leaders & Students

Learn Skills

in forestry, fisheries, engineering and recreation

Get paid

over $100 per day for on-the-job training

Apply Now

by clicking on the link and filling out the application


The Training Rural Alaskan Youth Leaders & Students or TRAYLS program blends experiential education, on the job training, career counseling and job placement for rural youth in Southeast Alaska to get on the path to higher education and employment in natural resource stewardship.

TRAYLS had a successful pilot season in 2017 and we are ready to build on that success for an expanded program in 2018!

We have developed a TRAYLS partnership that includes tribal governments, tribal corporations, conservation groups, federal and state agencies to deliver TRAYLS programs in Hoonah, Sitka and on Prince of Wales Island this year. Students from ages 16-25 are being recruited from throughout the region to gain experience in fisheries, forestry, engineering, recreation, community service and cultural stewardship. Crew leadership is being provided by SCA along with mentors from the US Forest Service, Sealaska Corporation, The Nature Conservancy, SEAWEAD and tribal culture bearers in each community. 

  • This year’s season begins with 2 weeks of “basic training” in Anchorage on May 21 where participants will learn wilderness first aid, use of hand and power tools (for 18 years and above), back country and general life skills.
  • Then from June 4 – August 11, crews will be based in Hoonah, Sitka and Klawock and will spend the bulk of the summer getting on the job training in a variety of fields.
  • At the end of the summer, we will rejoin the whole group for an evaluation week to provide one on one counseling for each participant and to facilitate group discussions about the future of rural communities and role the TRAYLS program can play in contributing to community well-being.

If you are 16 – 25 years of age and are interested in earning a summer income while developing skills in natural resource management, the TRAYLS program is for you. Click here to download the TRAYLS flyer. Click here to fill out the online application form. Contact SSP regional catalyst Bob Christensen or Bob Girt of Sealaska if you have any questions. The application deadline is May 1st.

TRAYLS Supporters

The Organized Village of Kasaan, The Organized Village of Kake, Klawock Community Association, The Hoonah Indian Association, Central Council, The Student Conservation Association, SEAWEAD, The Nature Conservancy, The US Forest Service, The Bureau of Indian Affairs, Sealaska Corporation, Spruce Root CDFI, The State of Alaska