Program Dates

The 2019 field season will run from June 13th to August 11th.

We ask participants to arrive in Juneau, AK by June 13th and to depart Juneau, AK (or to find their own accommodation) on August 11th. Please note: local students are expected to eat and sleep at the JIRP Base (24600 Amalga Harbor Rd.) for the entire program. We appreciate the temptation to spend time with friends and family in the area during program orientation and wrap-up. However, this time is important for building a positive group dynamic; we ask you to plan to be with the group for the duration of the program.

We will provide instructions on booking flights and details on what you can expect from JIRP (transportation, meals, etc.) on June 13th and August 11th in the coming weeks.


Enrollment Confirmation

To secure your spot as a student for the 2019 season, please take the following steps by March 1st :

  1. Email the Program Manager, Annie Boucher, at to confirm your intention to participate in JIRP.

  2. Pay the non-refundable $500 tuition deposit. This deposit will be credited towards your field fee. This deposit is non-refundable, except in the cases detailed below. Please note, this deposit is not meant to prohibitive. If you are struggling to pay the deposit at this time, please contact the Program Manager with your concerns ( To pay the deposit you may either...

Pay via PayPal

note: this includes a 2.9% transaction fee:

Pay via check

make out to: Foundation for Glacier and Env. Research.      

Please include the student's name in the memo line

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Tuition Payment

All fees (both tuition for credits and the field fee) must be paid by the program start date (June 13th). We will assist students with their enrollment directly to either the University of Maine or the University of Alaska Southeast, and walk them through tuition payments for credits directly to those school. The field fee, paid directly to JIRP, is also due June 13th.

We are happy to work out incremental payments plans for students individually, but we are unable to extend payment plans past the June 13th deadline because of regulations outside our control.



Cancellation Policy (applies to the JIRP field fee, not tuition for credits)

Disclosed medical challenge: If we review your medical forms and decide we cannot accommodate your needs, we will refund all payments in full (including the tuition deposit). We will notify you within ten days of receiving both your Medical and Health History Form and Physician's Certificate if we feel this is necessary.

Insufficient financial support from JIRP: If you have applied for scholarship money directly from JIRP, we cannot meet your full financial request, and you cannot find a way to meet the remainder, we will refund all payments in full (including the tuition deposit).

Unanticipated medical problem: If you encounter an unanticipated, documented (by a doctor) medical problem (e.g. orthopedic injury, previously un-diagnosed mental illness) or family emergency that prohibits you from participating in JIRP we will offer you two choices:

  1. You may choose to defer enrollment for a year and we will reserve a spot for you in the next field season. We will retain the tuition payments you have made according to our cancellation policy (below) and credit them towards the following season.

  2. You may choose to withdraw. We will refund all payments you have made (including the tuition deposit). You may re-apply to JIRP in the future, but we will not guarantee admission.

Please notify JIRP as soon as possible if this happens, and within a week of receiving a medical diagnosis or news of a family emergency. 

Other cancellations: Except for the above circumstances, if you cancel or drop-out of JIRP we will refund tuition payments as follows:

  • Up to 60 days before program start: JIRP will refund 75% of your field fee.

  • 30-60 days before program start: JIRP will refund 50% of your field fee.

  • 0-30 days before program start, or in the case of expulsion during the program: JIRP will refund 0% of your field fee.