Alaska Recreation &

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  • 9 Jan 2019 11:42 AM | Jeff Dick (Administrator)

    For those interested in applying for the State of Alaska Division of Forestry’s Community Orchard and Food Forest Grants, the application deadline has been extended to January 31st. Click here for more information. If you have additional questions, please contact Bryan Quimby or Jim Renkert. Thanks for your interest.

  • 16 Jul 2017 6:19 PM | Jeff Dick (Administrator)

    There is an updated list of employment opportunities on under the Parks 8 Rec in Alaska on the Employment page. For those currently employed please communicate to your hiring / HR departments that posting jobs on the ARPA website is free. All submissions should be directed to the ARPA Webmaster.

  • 8 Jul 2017 1:59 PM | Jeff Dick (Administrator)

    Hello job seekers. The ARPA Employment page has been updated with the latest Park & Recreation jobs from across the state. If you know of any other jobs not listed here please let us know. Good luck with your search!

  • 26 Jun 2017 6:01 PM | Jeff Dick (Administrator)

    All members are invited to log into the ARPA website and view the newest edition of the FLASH Publication. Once you've logged in click on the Member Content tab and select FLASH Issues. Any member who would like to receive a paper copy of this publication are asked to email the Publications Chair and share your correct mailing address to ensure delivery. If you are having difficulty accessing your account please notify the webmaster. 

  • 31 May 2017 8:59 AM | Jeff Dick (Administrator)

  • 26 Apr 2017 3:11 PM | Jeff Dick (Administrator)

    Are you interested in helping create healthy, vibrant and sustainable communities in Alaska? Consider applying for a seat on the Alaska Community Forest Council. The Council is a nonprofit and state advisory organization that works to improve Alaskans’ quality of life by expanding and caring for urban and community forests. You can download a copy of the application here as well as an information sheet here. You can click here to find the information on their website 

    The Alaska Community Forest Council is seeking to fill six council seats in 2017. Seats are open in the following categories: 

    • Seat A – Arborist
    • Seat C - Municipal Planner
    • Seat G- Small-Community Service
    • Seat I – Industry/Business
    • Seats K and M- Members at Large. 

    The terms are July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020.  Applications are due Wednesday, May 3, 2017. For more information contact 

    Stephen NickelCommunity Forestry Program Manager (Acting) 


  • 15 Apr 2017 12:35 PM | Jeff Dick (Administrator)

    It’s time to step up, stretch yourself, and gain some awesome experience.  Nominate yourself or your colleagues (with their permissions of course).

    Nominations are open for the following positions:

    President elect – 1 year as president elect, 2 years as president, and 1 year as past president – a great opportunity to learn the ropes, be effective and help the next president; seat not filled. This position is only filled every other year. There is no president-elect during the first year of a president’s term.

    Vice president – 2 year commitment – fill in if the president is absent; seat currently held by Tom Martin

    Treasurer – 2 year commitment - keep track of the associations finances, collect monies owed, and pay our bills; seat currently held by Melanie Hauze

    Board member at large – 2 year commitment – attend board meetings, assist with committees; seat currently held by Jason Avery

    For information about the commitment of being president elect, contact Wendy Clubb, Mike Bork or others who have served as ARPA president. For information about the other openings, please contact the incumbents.

    Send nominations including brief (2 paragraph maximum) statement to Helen Clough

  • 14 Mar 2017 10:54 PM | Jeff Dick (Administrator)

    Opening Keynote Speaker, James Bird Guess

    James Bird Guess, a world-renowned management consultant, began his career from the trunk of his car - literally. As the CEO of International Success Academy, author, a former member of historic Super Bowl XLV Slant Executive Committee, and honoree of the African American Leader Under 40 by the Texas Legislative Black Caucus, James will prepare you for success, providing insight into his amazing journey to leadership. We look forward to learning the key behind his proven success tool: Grind for Greatness!

    Closing Keynote Speaker, Philip Tyler

    As a father of three, Provost Marshal Award winner, Sergeant, Lieutenant, President of the Spokane NAACP, business owner, and a participant on multiple important committees, Philip Tyler will inspire and energize you to reach your very best potential in the field of parks and recreation. Philip's incredible journey through a varied and full professional and military career is truly a history of dedication and perseverance we can all learn from.

    Networking Opportunities

    • Tuesday Night President's Social - Grand Hotel Terrace
      • No host bar, balcony will be open weather permitting
      • Music, food, drinks, games, and possibly karaoke
      • May 2nd 6-9PM
    • Wednesday Night Social - Mobius Science Center
      • Visit the Mobius Science Center site
      • Unique exhibits, interactive experiments, music, appetizers, local beer, wine and more. Take in views of the Spokane Falls and Monroe Street Bridge on the Riverfront Park Skyride. Experience Huntington Park and learn the history of the Spokane Tribe of Indians and why this area is a very important gathering place! It’s going to be fun! (Appetizers provided, no host bar)
      • May 3rd, 5:30-9PM
    • After Banquet Social - Nyne Bar 
      • Visit the Nyne Bar site
      • After the banquet take a short walk through downtown to Nyne Bar and Bistro. Enjoy fun music or karaoke, dancing and WRPA specialty drinks! You will also receive a map of nearby local hangouts to hit that evening to make the week even more memorable!
      • May 4th, following the banquet

    Click here to visit the WRPA website.

  • 6 Mar 2017 10:51 PM | Jeff Dick (Administrator)

    Let's face it...more than ever, the Parks & Recreation field finds itself doing more with less. That drives us as professionals to be more creative, innovative, and judicious with our time and resources. Add that to the fact that we all have co-workers (fewer than in the past but we still have them) and they work hard as well. In an effort to celebrate what we do, nominate a co-worker to receive one of the many ARPA Awards that are available. Awards for 2016 are now open and will remain so until August 1, 2017. Click the link below to read about each award and it's eligibility and then fill out the nomination form to support one of your co-workers. Then join us in Valdez at the Annual Conference for our yearly education opportunities and in a celebration of our field and what we do!

    Read about the awards, nomination criteria and past recipients

    Nominate someone today
  • 15 Feb 2017 10:48 PM | Jeff Dick (Administrator)

    The Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a Certified Pool Operators course in Fairbanks on May 8-9, 2017. Attached is a document with all of the information including registration for the course.

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