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Environmental Science & Environmental Resources

A Natural Laboratory Perfect for Study

Part of the UAS Program on the Environment, the interdisciplinary curriculum in the BS in Environmental Science and BS in Environmental Resources degrees is designed to prepare students for science-based careers in environmental research, management, and consulting. Students completing either of the degrees will have opportunities for hands-on field experience in the glacial and rainforest environments of Southeast Alaska.

Faculty in these fields of study instruct in a variety of disciplines including: the earth sciences, chemistry, physics, biology, math, and spatial analysis. Students learn biological principles and skills in lecture, laboratory, and field courses. A particular emphasis of the program is student involvement in research projects, and undergraduates in Environmental Science regularly present their research results at regional and national scientific meetings.

Our faculty are actively engaged in research programs in areas including: landscape ecology, hydrology, sensor development, geology, environmental chemistry, geochemistry, remote sensing, glaciology, and biogeochemistry.


Thursday, March 02, 2023

UAS-AISES Meeting to Advance the Representation of Indigenous Peoples in STEM

Help UAS Advance the Representation of Indigenous Peoples in STEM!

**Friday Mar 3rd 4:30-6:30 in Egan Bldg Rm 224**

What: A pizza-night informational meeting for a new UAS Chapter of the American Indian Society for Engineering & Science (AISES)

Who: open to anyone in the campus community interested in learning about AISES opportunities, contributing to the UAS-AISES chapter and increasing diversity in STEM at UAS...and beyond

When: Friday Mar 3rd 4:30-6:30

Where: Egan Bldg, Room 224 on the Juneau Campus

Sanjay Pyare 02:08:27 PM
Friday, February 17, 2023

US Forest Service - ANILCA jobs on the Tongass & Chugach NFs - More Information

The US Forest Service is hiring several entry level jobs relating to the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) on the Chugach & Tongass National Forest. For instance:

  • The Wildlife/Fisheries office in Juneau (covering the Juneau Ranger District and Admiralty Island NM) will be hiring a permanent seasonal GS-5 or GS-6 Bio Tech (Wildlife).  Much of the work will involve Arctic tern and goshawk surveys, but they’ll also help with mountain goat surveys and bear safety outreach or assist our fisheries staff with stream mapping and restoration. 
  • The Wilderness division is also hiring a Forestry Tech to help staff the Pack Creek Brown Bear Viewing Area .
  • Admiralty Cabins and Trails Crew- Maintains a series of 12 Cabins, 10 Shelters and 30+ miles of Trails on Admiralty Island National Monument and the Kootznoowoo Wilderness

  • The District also hires a Student Conservation Association intern each year to assist with our subsistence fisheries projects and wildlife surveys

  • A permanent GS-9 Fisheries Biologist later this year. 
  • Short-term volunteers and special student projects regarding wildlife, fisheries, and/or GIS

This website lists the upcoming in-person hiring events, including one on the UAS campus, and a virtual information session on resumes and applications Wednesday afternoon.  Attached the outreach announcement and the applicant questionnaire. 


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Wildlife & Fisheries Biologist

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Sanjay Pyare 11:40:18 AM
Friday, February 17, 2023

Entry-level GIS Technician Job - City & Borough of Juneau

This is a full time job that would be a great opportunity for prospective graduates to put their UAS geo-spatial skillset to work, locally! Closes soon: 02/21/2023


Community Development

Position Title:

GIS Technician

Position Type:

Full Time

Scheduled Hours:

37.5 hours per week

Pay Range:

$25.82 - $27.54 Hourly (DOQ)


We are looking for someone who is dependable, consistent, organized, and detail oriented. The successful candidate will have strong interpersonal skills, self-initiative, and be capable of working independently. Applicants should have experience in data collection for the purposes of GIS systems, experience in handling, maintaining, and programming data collection devices. The applicant will have good documentation skills and have the ability to review and search through records or reference material for information as needed

Position Description:

CBJ Posting:


Sanjay Pyare 11:22:05 AM
Friday, February 17, 2023

Seasonal GIS technician job - Glacier Bay National Park

Closes today Feb 17th!

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is hiring for a seasonal cartographic technician. This position is open to the public to apply until 2/17/23, unfortunately a short amount of time. Position posting is here - This position will help provide broad geospatial support such as cartographic mapping, GNSS mobile mapping, spatial analysis, and data management to various divisions in the park including resource management, interpretation, maintenance, and cultural resources. Pay is $25.22/hr plus a 2-3.5% cost of living adjustment. Start/end dates are flexible and a duration of up to 6 months. Government housing is tentatively available in Bartlett Cove, but not in Juneau. Please reach out to:.

Eddie Kulack

GIS Specialist

Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve


Sanjay Pyare 11:10:43 AM
Monday, February 13, 2023

Southeast Alaska Watershed webinars and workshop, Feb and March 2022

These are great opportunities for students to put some of their UAS education to practice and learn about career possibilities by engaging a diverse group of professionals working in the fields of watershed ecology and restoration!

Southeast Alaska Watershed Workshop: Collaboration for the Future

Join the Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition in Spring 2023 for the Southeast Alaska Watershed Workshop: Collaboration for the Future. This multi-part event will feature a series of 4 webinars, culminating in a 3-day workshop in Juneau Alaska.This workshop will focus on collaboration for forest management, watershed restoration , and restoration in a changing climate. Tune-in to work with agency officials, restoration practitioners, and tribal groups to build collaboration for the future. Registration is free.

More info and a schedule of events are available here.

See link above for days 2 & 3 of workshop.


Sanjay Pyare 01:10:44 PM
Friday, February 10, 2023

Paid Internships in Climate Change Innovation through EDICT -- deadline application: February 20, 2023.

This year, through our partnership with CELI and FutureMap we’re expanding our offerings and are excited to announce 100 new internship opportunities at over 70 different climate organizations through the EDICT program.🎉 Check out all the internships in our directory (including 2 here at Elemental Excelerator)! Play around with filters to make sure you find the jobs you're eligible for & interested in.

EDICT Internship Program Rundown:

  • 100 new internships for college students, recent graduates, and graduate students interested in a career at a climate organization.
  • Part-Time and full-time opportunities ranging from 20- 40 hrs per week
  • 10-week program: June 12 to August 18
  • Remote, hybrid, and in-person working internships
  • Pay ranges from $16/hr - $30/hr (varies depending on the role, check the job description)
  • Accepting all majors and all geographic areas
  • Open to traditionally excluded groups. See how we define traditionally excluded.
  • Throughout the program, EDICT will support the cohort of interns with professional development and networking opportunities. 

Applications to participate in the EDICT Internship Program are now OPEN! Submit your application by  February 20, 2023.

Sanjay Pyare 11:51:56 AM
Friday, February 10, 2023

Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity


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The Intercollegiate Biomathematics Alliance (IBA) is hosting the 2023 Cross-Institutional Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) workshop at Illinois State University (ISU).

Research-minded undergraduate students and mentoring-minded faculty members are invited to take part in an exciting, friendly, productive, and collaborative experience.

CURE-2023 will have three sessions.

  •         Pre-Workshop Online Prep Course: Hybrid (asynchronous lessons on foundation courses, synchronous sessions on hands-on activities and guest speakers): May 15-June 2, 2023.
  •         On-site In-Person Workshop: Research Mentor-Student Activities at ISU campus:  June 5-10, 2023.
  •         Post-Workshop Follow up Session: Weekly Synchronous Sessions for Faculty Mentor-Student Activities & Progress Report presentations: June 12-October 27, 2023
  •         Research Presentations at BEER-XVI,  CURE Special Session: November 10-12, 2023.

This highly selective program is a great opportunity for undergraduate students to work on productive collaborative research projects.  It is also a great way, especially for junior faculty, and post-doctoral researchers to experience mentoring future scholars while conducting publishable research.

Registration fees, travel, lodging, and meal expenses of the selected faculty and students of IBA member institutions will be covered by the IBA.  BA Individual members will be eligible for grants up to 50% of their registration fee. They are encouraged to seek funding from their home institutions to cover their travel, meal, and lodging expenses. 

For more information and before applying, contact UAS Professor Chris Hay-Jahans @, and visit the CURE-2023 website.

Sanjay Pyare 11:03:48 AM
Tuesday, February 07, 2023

USFS Local Hire events, first session is tonight!

HI All,

The USFS is ramping up efforts to recruit local hires in seasonal and permanent positions and ANILCA hiring authority gives local students a chance to try out different career paths from archaeology to recreation to engineering. See below and attached for more information.  





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Sent: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 8:49 AM
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Cc: Beall, Julie - FS, AK <>
Subject: ANILCA Virtual Workshop Tonight


Good morning Team Alaska!


Sending a reminder of tonight’s virtual pre-job fair session offering resume assistance and ANILCA hiring information. This is the first of two sessions put on by Human Resources Director Julie Beall and I to kick off the ANILCA in-person hiring events planned for February and March. I encourage anyone interested in the ANILCA hiring process to attend. Please get the word out to our partners and interested applicants!

Tonight’s Zoom session is the first of two pre-job fair workshops. The other is next Wednesday, Feb. 15.

There will also be a Virtual Job Fair on Zoom March 6, for any who can’t attend in-person hiring events.

I have attached a news release with the dates and times of the ANILCA hiring events.


Attend a virtual coaching workshop:


• Tuesday, Feb. 7 from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. (AKST) o Zoom Link:


• Wednesday, Feb. 15 from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. (AKST) o Zoom Link:


We appreciate your support!  



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Kevin Maier 09:51:15 AM
Friday, February 03, 2023

Colorado University research experience in indigenous knowledge & hydro-climatology

Colorado University in Boulder is looking for undergraduates for its NEW short and flexible Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program for students interested in gaining experience with Western scientific research, and working with Alaska communities to collect Indigenous Knowledge to better understand community priorities related to sea ice and river ice. All Alaska undergraduate students who aren’t graduating before spring of 2024 are eligible to apply. Find out more information here.  

Students will work with research faculty and Alaska communities to pursue authentic research projects that focus on either sea or river ice interactions with both the natural and built environments. This unique opportunity to spend time working on an independent research project in Arctic Earth and environmental sciences could launch a career! Prior research experience is NOT necessary for eligibility.  


Students can apply here or go to  

Applications are due February 10th, 2023.  


Program Dates:  

·       Online (~15 hrs) & asynchronous workshop over spring break, April, May (spring break schedule TBD based on student availability) 

·       Asynchronous data analysis research over the summer (~60 hrs) 

·       Online & asynchronous workshops in the fall (~30 hrs) 

Students will receive:  

·                Professional development in data analysis, science communication and Western & Indigenous Knowledge about climate change 

·                Long-lasting connections with a peer cohort 

·                Networking opportunities with scientists 

·                $1800 for 120 hours of work time 



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The Navigating the New Arctic REU team   

Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences 

CU Boulder 

488 UCB 

Boulder, CO 80309 




Sanjay Pyare 04:45:01 PM
Wednesday, February 01, 2023

Park Ranger Jobs - Glacier Bay National Park

Hi All,

Glacier Bay National Park is giving local preference to Alaska residents in hiring Park Ranger positions for summer 2023. See attached document for details on the positions and application process.



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Eran Hood 06:06:54 PM


Jason M. Amundson, Ph.D.

Jason M. Amundson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Geophysics

I have a background in glaciology and geophysics. My research focuses on tidewater glaciers and glacier-ocean interactions, and I am especially interested in the ways that glaciers interact with other Earth system components. I teach the introductory physics courses as well as upper division courses in Earth's climate and glaciology.

Profile and contact info

Eran Hood, Ph.D.

Eran Hood, Ph.D.

Professor of Environmental Science

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Sanjay Pyare, Ph.D.

Sanjay Pyare, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Environmental Science

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Jason B. Fellman, Ph.D.

Jason B. Fellman, Ph.D.

Deputy Director - Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center & Research Assistant Professor of Environmental Science

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Sonia A. Nagorski, Ph.D. (she/her)

Sonia A. Nagorski, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Geology

My background is in environmental geochemistry, and my research has focused primarily on a variety of contaminants in aquatic systems. I teach classes on Earth's geologic history, physical geology, natural hazards, geomorphology, and mineral and energy resources and environmental impacts. At UAS I devote my efforts to training and inspiring undergraduates to work creatively and effectively in the environmental sciences, preparing them for meaningful careers that benefit the Earth and society.

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John Harley, Ph.D.

John Harley, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

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Emeritus Faculty

Roman Motyka, Ph.D.

Roman Motyka, Ph.D.

Research Professor Emeritus, Geophysical Institute, UAF

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