Environmental Technician Apprenticeship


The Alaska Forum is the US Department of Labor registered sponsor of the Environmental Technician Apprenticeship and provides job training and placement assistance to support a highly skilled workforce in Alaska. An apprenticeship is a program intended to equip a new generation of practitioners with on-the-job training and related instruction.
Hours of Instruction
Hours of Mentored Work Experience
Advantages of being an apprentice

Earn while you learn, working directly with employers to develop your career
Training and fees are provided by the Alaska Forum ETAP
Certifications and credentials meet or exceed industry standards
Learn current technology and procedures

The Alaska Forum also works with employer partners to identify opportunities for apprenticeships in environmental and natural resource-related jobs. When an Apprenticeship position becomes available, applications will be accepted from qualified graduates of ETAP Environmental Technician trainings.

An environmental technician is qualified to perform scientific, technical, and regulatory tasks; to communicate and apply knowledge, skills, and abilities in an office or in the field.

Employers may also enroll a qualified employee into the Apprenticeship Program to earn his/her credentials.

Environmental technician job duties can include:
  • Evaluation of hazardous sites
  • Conducting field investigations
  • Environmental sample collection
  • Inventory and mapping of natural resources
  • Restoration and prevention projects
  • Analyzing lab samples and managing data
  • Community planning and outreach
Many occupations await qualified environmental technicians, including:
  • Air Quality Technicians
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Energy Technologies and Services
  • Environmental Data Collection and Analysis
  • Environmental Laboratory Services
  • Environmental Site Management
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Safety and Health Technicians
  • Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
  • Sustainability
  • Wastewater Management
  • Water Supply and Treatment
  • Watershed Management

Environmental technicians work for industry, non-governmental organizations and at all levels of government agencies.

Requirements for Environmental Technician Apprenticeship

Environmental apprenticeship training is offered at no cost to qualified applicants. Below are the the minimum qualifications to participate in trainings:
  • At least 18 years of age or older
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • An Alaska resident for at least 6 months
  • Have a valid Alaska driver's license or State-issued ID (or ability to obtain one)

Applicants should also have basic science, technology, engineering, and math skills and be physically capable of performing the essential functions of an environmental worker and apprenticeships.

Become an Apprenticeship Program Employer Partner

We work with Employer Partners to identify opportunities for apprenticeships in environmental and natural resource-related jobs.

The Apprenticeship Program offers:
  • Training is tailored to meet specific needs
  • Knowledge and experience pass to new employees
  • Enhanced pool of skilled workers and effective recruitment tool
  • Standardized training throughout the industry
  • Potential bid selection advantages and support to the local hiring program
  • Potential tax advantages and training cost reduction

Whether you want to hire a qualified environmental technician graduate or enroll a qualified employee into the apprenticeship program to earn credentials, we want to partner with your business!

Become an Employee Partner
ETAP trainings are offered with support from the Alaska Workforce Investment Board State Training and Employment Program grant and the US EPA Environmental Workforce Development Job Training grant.