Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


Juneau Icefield Research program
Applications are now open for students, staff, and faculty for the 2021 JIRP Field Season! All applications are due on January 31st. All information can be found at

The Juneau Icefield Research Program is a summer field program for (primarily) undergraduate Earth and Polar science students. In a non-COVID year, 30 students earn credits while completing a six-week ski traverse of the Juneau Icefield from Juneau, AK to Atlin, BC. Along the way they are trained in glacier travel, attend lectures and workshops, and complete group research projects. Academic topics include glaciology, geophysics, ecology, geochemistry, biogeochemistry, geomorphology, geophysics, and science communication.  

Teaching faculty comes into the field for two-week blocks to teach classes, lead workshops, and use the exceptional natural classroom of the Juneau Icefield to inspire students from around the world. In addition, research faculty is welcome to collect data and test equipment with the considerable infrastructure support of our permanent field camps, extensive local knowledge, and trained safety staff.Throughout the summer staff supports the expedition either in the field or in town. Responsibilities include leading trail parties on the glacier, managing remote camps of up to 60 people, and organizing personnel and supplies for helicopter transportation. More definite plans for the fieldwork season will be avaiable in February.

For prospective JIRPers for whom a potentially modified and inherently less predictable field season is not appealing, we have an Interest Form open for our Summer 2022 field season at

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