Employment in Tanama

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Heather in Bama

Ashburn, VA

#1 Sep 28, 2012
After watching the show and years of falling in love with Alaska through visits to Fairbanks, Delta Junction, Ft. Greeley and other parts, I am extremely interested in the possibility of moving to Tanana. The one thing that concerns me is employment opportunities in this area. I know it has to be somewhat limited but would like to hear from someone who has some insight into opportunities here. I have a BS degree and over 20 yrs experience so I am educated. Is anyone familiar with what's available? Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Alaskan since birth

Fairbanks, AK

#2 Oct 2, 2012
Hi Heather, you can google the Alaska Job Center Network or Tanana Chiefs Conference Jobs for employment opportunities in the area. I recommend you spend a winter in a place with wood heat and no running water, say someplace cold like Fairbanks BEFORE you try roughing it in Bush Alaska.

I also recommend you take a self-defense course as a precaution against a few over amorous Bush Alaskans you may encounter.
moved to ak

United States

#3 Oct 3, 2012
Ive had to knockout a few ignorant natives since moving to Alaska last year, whats with the attitude that they own Alaska? They aren't tough
Heather in Bama

Ashburn, VA

#4 Oct 5, 2012
Alaskan since birth - Thanks for the info on jobs. I'll definitely check out those sites and see what I can find.
Also, because of work, I have previously spent months at a time in Fairbanks and Delta Junction in winter so I 'm pretty familiar with the temps and wood heat. Although in Delta Junction I stayed on base there so I 'm sure there were 'extras' there that are not available in other AK cities (especially small villages). I have just really fallen in love with everything I have encountered in AK and feel like it would be a culture that I would like for my children to experience as well. So, I just need to check out the job situation and determine my next move. Oh...as far as self defense goes...I have lived in the south all of my life so I know how to shoot quite well and can take almost any sized man down (thanks to a father who was a Marine) so I think I 'm good.:) Thanks, again!
Brandon in California

Murrieta, CA

#5 Oct 6, 2012
Do the men in the series Yukon Men get paid to be on this TV show? If so how much do they make per episode?
Alaskan since birth

Fairbanks, AK

#6 Oct 7, 2012
Heather, I forgot to mention the extreme COST of living in rural Alaska. You should google rural alaska food prices to see what I mean. You will need to save a boatload of money to get you through the transition. You should also have other marketable skills in addition to your job (small engine repair/barber/tax form prep/baking/fur sewing/etc.) so you have other income to fall back on.
Alaskan since birth

Fairbanks, AK

#7 Oct 7, 2012
Also forgot to mention that grant writing is a VERY marketable skill in rural Alaska. Good luck!
Heather in Bama

Milton, FL

#8 Oct 8, 2012
Alaskan since birth - Thanks, again, for the additional info. Yes, I have checked out housing, groceries (OMG!!!) and other things when I have been there. When I initially went up and got @$250/day per diem, I thought that I would really make out well. Very quickly I learned that wasn't the case.

Unfortunately, though, my fur trapping and/or barber skills are lacking. LOL. You don't,by chance, want to rent out a room in your basement until I get transitioned, do you? Hahaha. Sounds like you're trying to keep me from coming up by making me second guess my decisions.:) Remember, I'm a Southern girl.....I don't scare easily. LOL. I'm just teasing, I really appreciate all of your information.

Thanks again!:)
Heather in Bama

Milton, FL

#9 Oct 8, 2012
Hmmmmmm.....small engine repair.... I can change my own oil...does that count?? Hahaha. Oh and wait, I CAN cook pretty well.****wheels are spinning****
Jeff

Euless, TX

#10 Oct 10, 2012
Alaskan since birth, I am interested in some information about the school in Tanana, AK. I will soon be retiring from my full-time job with the military and starting a second career teaching. I have always enjoyed the outdoors and living off the land is something I have always wanted to do. I understand it is a rough environment and many other skills are required, I have a few tucked away and I am always willing to learn more.

I am considering a certification in History and a follow on of Science. Can you send me some information about the school in Tanana or point me to a website, if they actually have one. I understand if it is more technology than they are use to, I imagine there is probably very limited, if any, service in that part of the world.

Thank you,
Jeff
Alaskan since birth

Fairbanks, AK

#11 Oct 10, 2012
no website but this has contact info:

http://www.localschooldirectory.com/public-sc...

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