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The Kuskokwim Corporation (TKC) is partnering with the Alaska Division of Forestry for an Advanced Wildland Firefighter Academy in McGrath, Alaska from May 14-31, 2018. Students will be provided with meals, lodging or camping, fire supplies and equipment. Students will receive qualification cards “red cards” for several wildland firefighting positions and may find employment opportunities with firefighter crews.
TKC will provide transportation to McGrath and back home for Shareholders from Aniak, Kalskag, Lower Kalskag or Sleetmute – that are accepted into the Advanced Wildland Firefighter Academy.
Academy graduates may find employment on Type 2 Emergency Firefighter Crews in higher level positions such as Squad Boss and Helicopter Crewmember, as short-term temporary seasonal positions, and as permanent seasonal employees for positions such as Wildland Fire Resource Technician, Wildland Fire Dispatcher, and Office Assistant to name but a few. The Division of Forestry IA Type 2 Crews (White Mountain and Gannett Glacier) and Type I Hot Shot Crew (Pioneer Peak) may have job openings as well. Job postings may be found at: http://doa.alaska.gov/dop/workplace/.
March 15, 2018 is the deadline for all student applications.
The academy is designed to increase the level of knowledge and skills for entry level firefighters. The course includes training in the use of portable pumps and water, chainsaws, air operations, basic land navigation, leadership, and safety. Students will receive Red Card certifications for Firefighter Type 1-Trainee (Squad Boss), Helicopter Crewmember-Trainee, and Basic Faller-Trainee. Students will have the opportunity to initiate task books and work on certification in these positions. Employment opportunities may be available as short-term employees and as Emergency Firefighters for the coming fire season.
- Type 2 crew members, single resource EFF, WFRTI/II
- Qualified as a Wildland Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2)
- Satisfactory completion of all pre-course work
- Have the ability to pass an arduous fitness test
- Be sponsored by a Division of Forestry Area Office
- Submit an application to the sponsoring Division of Forestry Area Office
Average pay for firefighters, as paid by the Division of Forestry, are categorized as follows:
- Firefighter Type 2 (Basic Firefighter/Crewmember)- $14.99/hr. – Overtime – $22.48/hr.
- Firefighter Type 1 (Advanced Firefighter/Squad Boss) – $16.46/hr. – Overtime – $24.69/hr.
- Crew Boss (Leads a 16-20-person crew) – $19.77 /hr. – Overtime – $29.65/hr.
- Helicopter Crewmember – $16.46/hr. – Overtime – $24.69/hr.
After 40 hours of work per week wages are paid at time and a half. Our federal cooperators pay a similar rate.
The Advanced Wildland Firefighter Academy will include:
- Training for 30 students
- Cost of all instructors, student supervisors (Crew Bosses/Coaches)
- Meals, lodging, bath house, camping or agency provided housing if available
- Student supplies and equipment (personal protective equipment, fire pumps, saws, maps, GPS, and other items needed for field and class room learning)
- Helicopter, pump, and chain saw field exercises
- Networking opportunities with other wildland fire professionals
- Career opportunities
- Leadership experience
- Graduation ceremony
- Opportunity to showcase their success (Alaska media coverage)
- Mentorship for students attending the academy to assist them with locating and identifying future firefighter jobs
Attending the academy is a privilege and applicants are chosen by their sponsoring fire suppression agency. These are students with the potential to move on to permanent employment or further their education in firefighting.
Please contact the following individuals for more information or to complete an application:
Carrie Hale, DOF Training Specialist
Cindy Forrest-Elkins, DOF State Training Coordinator
Norm McDonald, Fire Management Officer
The Kuskokwim Corporation (TKC) is pleased to announce the 2017 Summer Internship Program. Through this program, current college students or 2017 graduates will be able to apply for full-time summer internships within The Kuskokwim Corporation, TKC subsidiaries or TKC partner host sites. Typically the internship positions begin mid- May through July, although individual preferences of the intern and host site will be considered and reasonable accommodations will be made. Internships are available for both undergraduate and graduate students and all positions are paid. No travel, per diem or housing stipends will be paid.
Interested individuals should contact Keja Whiteman, TKC Policy & Outreach Director, at (907) 771-8205 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org for guidelines and internship application.
Internships sites to include:
- Mesa, Arizona – preferred applicants are from the fields of Engineering, Avionics, or Business
- Anchorage, Alaska – preferred applicants are from the fields of Geology, Chemistry, Environmental Science or other field related to science/engineering/GIS
- Aniak, Alaska – preferred applicants are from the fields of Human Resources, Business, Education or other
The priority application deadline is Monday May 1, 2017 at 5pm, applications received after the priority deadline may not be considered.
The Kuskokwim Corporation has extended the deadline for 2016 Shareholder Award nominations to Friday, May 27th at 5pm.
Award for Health
Award for Education
Award Recognizing an Outstanding Non-Shareholder
Download and print a nomination form here:
The Kuskokwim Corporation (TKC) enjoys seeing Alaskans thrive off the land as they practice subsistence, however, we kindly remind everyone that TKC does not allow non-shareholders access to hunt moose on TKC lands.
TKC will be running our Land Patrol Program again this year, with agents enforcing our land policies on the rivers and patrolling The Kuskokwim Corporation’s land boundaries.
Due to the decline in the moose population, TKC Board of Directors implemented a policy in 2002 that non-shareholders are not allowed access to TKC land for moose hunting. The game is managed by the State of Alaska, and the Tier II permit is completely separate from our Corporation’s land policies.
There is an exception for a non-shareholder legally married to a TKC shareholder. Spouses of TKC shareholders are allowed to hunt on TKC lands for the purpose of providing for the family. If this is the case, please contact TKC’s Land Department as soon as possible so that we may alert our patrollers, and add you to our list of approved hunters.
For more information about the State of Alaska’s TM680 hunt, click HERE. Our patrollers will be on the river providing information, educating travelers about our land policies, and documenting any trespass that might occur.
Below are maps showing the TKC land boundaries, and Fish and Game’s TM680 hunting boundaries. Non-shareholders may not access TKC land even if they have a Tier II permit for this hunt. In other words, the lands shown in yellow and red on the maps are privately owned TKC land, and are off limits to non-shareholders.
We appreciate your respect for our policies and your cooperation in protecting our land. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.
May 13, 2013
On behalf of the TKC board of directors, I am pleased to send you this year’s corporate dividend check in the amount of $3.29 per share. If you have 100 shares, your dividend will be $329.00.
TKC has paid more than $12 million to shareholders:
TKC has paid more than $12 million to TKC shareholders since 1977. This year’s dividend is TKC’s largest payout since inception. Our shareholder base has tripled since we began enrolling our descendants in 1991.
TKC has grown from 1.100 original shareholders to over 3,346:
Had we not enrolled our descendants, this year’s $329.00 dividend (for shareholders owning 100 shares) would have resulted in an approximate $1,100.00 payout. However, we are very proud that our dividends benefit all generations of our shareholders. In addition, we have established a Dividend Fund to insure sufficient cash is available each year to pay dividends without negatively impacting the operating cash flow of the company.
Next Year’s Dividends will be taxable:
Please note that starting in the 2014 tax year, dividends will be taxable. There are pros and cons to financial success. By next year, TKC will have paid out the full amount that was set aside in a trust for shareholders by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). Please see the attached flyer for more details, or give our office a call if you have
We are proud of our success and continue to diversify our portfolio to include new investments while maintaining our current developments.