May 20, 2020 by Austin McDaniel How can I volunteer or help? There are many ways to become involved in Alaska’s COVID-19 response as a volunteer or staff member. See below for a list of opportunities to match your skills with the right opening. This list will be updated with new information as other opportunities become available, so please check back regularly! State of Alaska Employment Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, emergency management specialists—all of these positions and more are essential to the ongoing COVID-19 response and recovery. Positions are posted as needed for both short-term and long-term non-permanent opportunities. Individuals are needed to perform functions such as contact tracing, logistics, testing support, and other critical duties. Visit Workplace Alaska to check on the most recent job postings, including for short term nurse positions and long term and permanent nurse positions. Each position lists a point of contact for questions regarding that specific job opportunity. If you don’t see a job posting relevant to your skills, you can also respond to the COVID Technician and Health Associate posting to be considered for a variety of other positions to support program and projects related to the COVID-19 response. University of Alaska Anchorage Employment The UAA College of Health is hiring to support the COVID-19 response, and is looking for licensed healthcare professionals, public health professionals, and other interested parties to: Serve as a contact tracerSupervise contact tracersBoth serve and superviseReview and assess Fishery Processing Plan COVID-19 Response Plans See the full announcement and complete a survey to indicate your interest in training and deployment to support these efforts. Volunteers—Licensed Healthcare Professionals Licensed healthcare professionals who would like to volunteer their time and skills in service to disaster response, including pandemics, are encouraged to register online at Alaska Respond. Please click on the Register Now button to begin the registration process. Registering as a volunteer does not require you to respond to all situations. Upon successful completion of the registration process, you will be eligible to be called upon for potential response efforts. You will be able to choose whether the requirements of deployment fit your availability, and Alaska Respond staff members will work with you to ensure your preparation for any mission. Licensed healthcare professionals can also contact their local public health center to volunteer locally for a specific event or function.