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Zender Environmental Health & Research Group is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

What We Do

Rural Alaska Community Environmental Job Training (‘RaceJT’)

The purpose of the RACEJT program is to provide environmental training and employment for unemployed residents in rural communities impacted by environmental health issues.

RACEJT 2022 begins April 6th. Applications have reopened for a limited time.

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RACEJT 2022 New Dates and New Format

Virtual Training Dates – April 6 – May 13: need computer and wifi access and cell phone – this is going to be Zoom platform.
In-Person Training Dates – May 16 – 24: must complete the virtual training successfully prior to in-person training. We will purchase airline tickets.

Skill/ClassVirtual In-Person 
Rural Refrigerant Removal  √  
HAZWOPER 40 hr  √ Highly recommended 
Rural Alaska Landfill Operator (RALO)  √ Highly recommended 
Rural Solid and Hazardous Waste Management  √ Highly recommended 
National Incident Management 100 and 200 √  
Advanced Job Readiness  √  
AK Qualified Water & Soil Sampler Training  √  
DOT HAZmat Regulations  √  
Rural Alaska Oil & Hazardous Substance Spill Response  √ √ 
GIS, Basic Mapping   √ 
Waste Management in the Field  √ 
OSHA Forklift Operation   √ 
CPR/First AID   √ 
OSHA Confined Space Entry  √  
Traffic Flagger* – Friday, April 22, 10:00 am – 3 pm √  
Asbestos Awareness* – Wed, April 27, 10:00 am – 3 pm √  
Lead Awareness* –Fri, April 29, 10 am – 12 pm  √  
Construction Safety 30 hour* – Mon – Fri, June 6 – 10 8 am – 5 pm √  

RACEJT provides environmental job training for unemployed or under-
employed residents in rural Alaska communities of less than 1,500 people. Scholarships are available to make the training free to all of our students.

Are you interested in finding environmental related work within your community or region? RACEJT can give you the boost you need by providing the basic technical and job readiness skills that employers seek. How do we know this? Because we ask those employers and form our program classes and job skills experience around those needs.

And RACEJT works…

Set of Courses Offered

While there are regular core classes, the RACEJT program of study is finalized each year with input from rural Alaska employers, with local hire goals in the environmental field. In this way, we maximize employment opportunities for our graduates. At this time, RACEJT offers two programs – one in-person and one virtual. Only one program is offered each year. Based on the COVID-19 pandemic status, an assessment in February is made as to whether classes can be held safely in-person in Anchorage.

RACEJT-FL (in-person): The full RACEJT Program — RACEJT-FL is an intensive in- residence training held in Anchorage each Spring. It consists of 2 two-week sessions with an interim 10-day break. Graduates obtain 15 skills certifications and earn 10 college credits through the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, earning an Occupational Endorsement as a Solid and Hazardous Waste Management and Emergency Response Technician.

Click here to see the List of Classes & Certifications.

RACEJT-CS (virtual only): We also offer a pared down, 8-credit Core Skills Program, RACEJT-CS, which covers the fundamental skills needed for rural community environmental technician work. RACEJT-CS is a remote learning program allowing students to stay in their home communities while learning job skills. It takes place over 7 weeks during the Spring and is employed in the case of COVID-19 travel restrictions or high state case numbers community transmission.

Click here to see the List of Classes & Certifications.