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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 job readiness skills for unemployed or under-employed (working no more than 20 hours per week) residents in rural communities impacted by environmental health issues.

RACEJT 2023 begins March 23rd. Applications are available October 18th to November 29th.

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RACEJT 2023 New Dates and New Format

March 23 – May 4th, 2023. Session 1 and 2, held in Anchorage: (1) March 23rd – April 5th, and (2) April 26th – May 4th. Virtual classes will take about eight days and will require a computer. There will be a short break for subsistence.

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*  √  
Asbestos Awareness* √  
Lead Awareness*   √  
Construction Safety 30 hour* – √  

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.