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AmeriCorps



The Alaska Public Defender Agency is currently recruiting AmeriCorps members to serve in our offices across the state. AmeriCorps is a national service program that works with agency and government entities to place people into service positions where they learn valuable skills, earn money for educational purposes, and reinforce civic responsibility. For more information about the AmeriCorps program click here.

The AmeriCorps program at the Public Defender Agency provides a unique opportunity for clients involved in the legal system at the early stages to receive assistance navigating the social services network from AmeriCorps members who have committed to the service of others. Our clients can receive assistance applying for disability income, veteran's benefits, substance use disorder treatment, mental health treatment, housing, education, and other services in their communities. With the ability to access services in this manner through the AmeriCorps program, clients are able to make long-term improvements to their lives. Accessing these resources can improve legal outcomes in their cases, but more importantly, can help in overcoming non-legal barriers to successful integration into their communities. AmeriCorps members who serve with the Public Defender Agency have the opportunity to make profound impacts in the lives of those they serve and to build lasting relationships with other AmeriCorps members, personnel within the Agency, and residents of the communities in which they serve.

The agency currently has AmeriCorps service sites in the following offices: Anchorage, Fairbanks, Palmer, Juneau, Ketchikan, Kenai and Kodiak.

Members also grow both personally and professionally along the way.

This is a great opportunity both to see the legal system up close and to improve the health, safety, and stability of Alaska's community. It is an ideal opportunity for pre-law or social work students, though all interested and qualified candidates are invited to apply! To be eligible for this position, candidates must be 18 or older and a US citizen/permanent resident, have at least a high school diploma or its equivalent, and have no felony convictions. We are currently recruiting for the upcoming service year, beginning 9/6/2021 and ending 7/31/2022. For more information contact Amanda Hillberry at amanda.hillberry@alaska.gov or (907) 782-5913. To apply click here.