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Work/where to live in Alaska

Postby matthewtraver » Wed Jun 11, 2014 10:36 am

Hey,

I'm considering the possibility of moving to Alaska after having lived in the UK for a good number of years (US citizen). These are probably dumb/basic questions, but any answers will help me! Where would you say is a good city/area to live in Alaska (near to mountains/climbing...)? Can anybody recommend any good seasonal work (anything; tourism/fishing/agriculture/retail)? What are some good job websites for Alaska? All the ones I seem to come up with are primarily government jobs. What's the job market like generally in the main areas? Is it relatively easy to turn up and find some form of work fairly quickly? Or not...?

Thanks in advance for any replies!

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Re: Work/where to live in Alaska

Postby Tonka » Wed Jun 11, 2014 10:40 pm

What skills do you bring to the table? I spent 7 months working on a project all over Alaska and the common issues I saw were unless you brought a specific skill you were forced to work in the service industry. This is tough in AK because everything is so expensive. I loved Nome, Sitka and Juneau but Anchorage is you best bet unless you are independently wealthy. If you're a really odd guy you could try Fairbanks - fun but a strange town.
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Re: Work/where to live in Alaska

Postby matthewtraver » Wed Jun 11, 2014 11:26 pm

Hey,

Thanks for the helpful reply. Hard skills I've got aside from the outdoor side of things is retail management, industrial sewing/product design and film-making/photography - a mish-mash... not sure if they're going to prove useful?! Although I'm normal, Fairbanks does sound intriguing...

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Re: Work/where to live in Alaska

Postby Steve Gruhn » Thu Jun 12, 2014 2:55 pm

It's best to have a job lined up before you move to Alaska. Alaska can be an expensive place to live while searching for work. Much of the work in Alaska is seasonal. Rural areas have a significantly higher unemployment rate than urban areas, so you might focus on urban areas (Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau are the only communities with more than 10,000 people). The good thing is that mountainous areas are readily accessible from all three urban areas. For Anchorage you might try anchoragehelpwanted.com. You might try the classified ads in the three large newspapers: the Anchorage Daily News, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, and the Juneau Empire.
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Re: Work/where to live in Alaska

Postby Sunny Buns » Sat Jun 14, 2014 7:47 am

Nearest climbing from Fairbanks would be the Alaska Range to the southeast or Denali National Park to the southwest. Either one is about a 2 hour drive. So, not real close. Winter in Fairbanks is dark and very cold. Minus 40 degrees is not unusual. Summers there are warm with 24 hours of light. These characteristics are typical for the "interior" of the state. Might get a job as a fire-fighter if you are young and in good shape. Normally lots of fires in the summer. http://fire.ak.blm.gov/afs/organization/employment/employment.php Might drive a bus in Denali National Park for the summer, or work in a hotel there. Alaska Railroad may have jobs - http://alaskarailroad.com/ There is a coal mine just outside of Denali National Park: http://www.usibelli.com/
Jobs website: http://www.simplyhired.com/k-sewing-l-fairbanks-ak-jobs.html

The Southeast "Panhandle" is wet and cloudy in winter, cool, but not extremely cold - probably similar to England, only more snow. Towns would include Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Sitka, Juneau, Haines. Might get a job on an Alaska State Ferry or in a fishing cannery. Ferry: http://www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/ Cannery jobs: http://www.alaskajobfinder.com/jobseekers/cannery-jobs.php Cannery jobs are also found along the South-central coast in places like Bristol-Bay, Kodiak, etc.... Lots of mountains and glaciers in the Southeastern panhandle. Might be some logging jobs there, or pulp/paper mills if there are any left.

Lots of mountains around Anchorage. Winters somewhat less brutal than Fairbanks, but still fairly dark. Temperatures below 0 degrees F not as frequent as Fairbanks. Type in the city of your choice with job description: http://www.simplyhired.com/k-industrial-sewing-l-fairbanks-ak-jobs.html

May be some jobs in the gold fields around Nome.
http://nome-gold.com/

Best plan: be a snow bird. Live in Alaska in the summer; move south in the winter. Consumption of alcohol is a popular winter hobby. ;)

Typically Alaska has a "boom" or "bust" economy. Not sure how it is now, but if the rest of the US is any indication then getting a job may not be easy.

Ever consider New Zealand? Good luck.
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Re: Work/where to live in Alaska

Postby Sunny Buns » Sat Jun 14, 2014 7:58 am

More jobs: There are airports all over the state but the big ones are in the larger towns like Anchorage and Fairbanks:
http://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=airport&l=Anchorage%2C+AK
http://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=baggage+handler&l=Anchorage%2C+AK

Try the website http://www.indeed.com and http://www.simplyhired.com for jobs. See what comes up.
Not sure how old this is: https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGWEbHost/jobdetails.aspx?jobId=3316&partnerid=25736&siteid=5029

So, your occupation is film-making? Why waste your time "working" in Alaska? Who wants to work? - that is punishment given to man in Genesis 3:19 - YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP!!!!! :evil:

Go to Hollywood, make 1 good film, get rich, then spend YOUR ENTIRE LIFE playing in mountains all around the world!!!!!!!!!!!!! :idea: :mrgreen:
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