i want to move to Alaska, but I need ...

i want to move to Alaska, but I need a job first

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chris

Cape Girardeau, MO

#1 May 25, 2012
Hey, guys. I live in Missouri and I have always taken an interest in the state of Alaska. I vacationed in Anchorage for 7 days and I loved every minute of being there. I love the weather and the friendly people.

I want to go back and stay, but first thing is first - I need a job and I don't know where to start. I have been working in corrections so I would like a job in Alaska DOC or at a local jail if at all possible. Since I live in Missouri the getting started is extremely hard.

I'm thankful for all pointers, tips and advice.
Kristen

Reno, NV

#2 Sep 23, 2012
Hi Chris. I used to live in Fairbanks for three years and just moved to nevada. I too miss the nice people. I loved the summertime weather and the constant sunlight, but I'm not loving the winter and plugging in the car and all that. If you weren't there during the winter I advise you to first take a week vacation at least back to anchorage and make sure that you still want to go there after the winter weather and the constant gloomy darkness. Anchorage is fun though there's a lot more things to do there than Fairbanks. Also when I lived in Alaska I had the constant feeling of being kind of isolated and far away from the US. They don't really treat Alaska as part of the US it feels like it's own little world. I did love the diversity of people. Everyone I met was from somewhere different. Enough about my experience though. What you need to remember is that Alaska is EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE! I worked at Walmart and was making almost $14 and hour. I thought that was amazing until I had to pay rent. I was spending $950 a month on a small one bedroom apartment. I would also spend about $250 on groceries that here in nevada would probably cost me $175 or less. Cars are also outrageous there so if you're not shipping your car there or driving then look on craigslist and get an idea of how much you need to save to get there. Alaska has not been affected by the economy as much as the rest of the US and so jobs are a little easier to get. My advice would be to look on Indeed.com and see whats there and also just start filling out applications at any places you feel qualified for.Since you have a more professional type of job then you should be able to get a job at a jail or somewhere that will pay you enough that the expenses won't affect you as much as it did me. People in Alaska are a little lazy and love collecting unemployment and so places are always hiring.(Not everyone is lazy I just observed a lot more ppl there that were on unemployment with no drive to find a job.) All in all my message to you is ALASKA IS EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE. Save as much money as you can especially if you are going alone and don't have someone to split bills with. Start applying for jobs early. Look into prices and make sure it's something you can afford. Sorry for the long response I've just been thinking about going back myself and kind of reminding myself of things I should do as well. Oh and before I forget. Get ready for the giant misquitos(spelling?) They are huge and annoying and everywhere and that was my least favorite thing about summer. Anyways...good luck and hope I helped in some way.
-Kristen
Alaskan since birth

Fairbanks, AK

#3 Oct 4, 2012
You can also google Alaska Job Center Network for employment opportunities in your field. You will need to save a lot of money BEFORE you arrive in Alaska. Prices are high due to freight costs to get anything to Alaska.

If you're thinking of a job in Bush Alaska (rural Alaska) costs are even more extreme.
James Hemming

Grove City, OH

#5 Nov 26, 2014
I'm a union ironworker loc 172 out of Ohio.But I want to live free and clean, I'm a certified welder. But I am willing to do any kind of job. It's been my lifelong dream to move to Alaska. Help me achieve my dream
Linda

Forest, VA

#6 Feb 16, 2015
I too would love to move to Alaska. How is the job market?
Linda

Forest, VA

#7 Feb 16, 2015
I know I would love to work as a phlebotemy .
Homesteading101

Saint Albans, VT

#10 Apr 17, 2015
I plan on moving out in the next ten years I'm in the process of purchasing 160acres for 80,000 I'm gonna work here in Vermont till I have the land paid off then I'm gonna start stocking up a storage unit with all my supplies tools equipment etc. I'm planning on living strictly off the land so cost aren't gonna be very high if you are capable of doing what I'm doing the most expensive part is the land. I'm heading up with my girlfriends brother. Between the both of us were a great team I've built 3 cabins so far all still standing I can fence 80 acres in a week and am a great hunter and fisherman. Canning and smoking meats aren't an issue and I've made 2 successful potato cellars. He's a great herbalist and gardener and is great with tanning hides and setting snares. We're gonna bring 4 hens and 2 roosters. And 6 rabbits. Maybe a few goats but not to sure about that. All in all I'm trying to say is prepare it won't cost much in the long run as long as you prepare prepare prepare. Our way of living isn't for the faint of heart or anyone that's ever quit anything in their lives. This takes commitment and hard work but with a strong soul and effort you can do it. It's also good to practice this style of living I've lived a whole year off the land here in Vermont our winters can get around -40 and last about 5 months our summers hit the 90s. Start out small one week then a month 2 months 4 months then try a year if you feel comfortable or try six months first it's all in the individual they're skills and comfort level. Good luck with your journey and never give up.
You Know

Hayward, CA

#11 Jun 16, 2015
Beautiful place
Yep

Wahiawa, HI

#13 Oct 22, 2015
Try looking at www.uicalaska.com for job postings all over the state of Alaska. Also based in Seattle for barge services.
connor

Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

#14 Feb 1, 2016
i want to move to alaska but need to find a job over there first
Peter

Leigh, UK

#15 Mar 15, 2016
Homesteading101 wrote:
I plan on moving out in the next ten years I'm in the process of purchasing 160acres for 80,000 I'm gonna work here in Vermont till I have the land paid off then I'm gonna start stocking up a storage unit with all my supplies tools equipment etc. I'm planning on living strictly off the land so cost aren't gonna be very high if you are capable of doing what I'm doing the most expensive part is the land. I'm heading up with my girlfriends brother. Between the both of us were a great team I've built 3 cabins so far all still standing I can fence 80 acres in a week and am a great hunter and fisherman. Canning and smoking meats aren't an issue and I've made 2 successful potato cellars. He's a great herbalist and gardener and is great with tanning hides and setting snares. We're gonna bring 4 hens and 2 roosters. And 6 rabbits. Maybe a few goats but not to sure about that. All in all I'm trying to say is prepare it won't cost much in the long run as long as you prepare prepare prepare. Our way of living isn't for the faint of heart or anyone that's ever quit anything in their lives. This takes commitment and hard work but with a strong soul and effort you can do it. It's also good to practice this style of living I've lived a whole year off the land here in Vermont our winters can get around -40 and last about 5 months our summers hit the 90s. Start out small one week then a month 2 months 4 months then try a year if you feel comfortable or try six months first it's all in the individual they're skills and comfort level. Good luck with your journey and never give up.
Sounds like a dream come true. How about if you travel over and offer to work for people. Contacts would be great if they would like anybody willing to learn
Friend

Los Angeles, CA

#16 Mar 19, 2016
I want to move to Alaska.
Han
#17 Wednesday Apr 20
I'm jan and I wanted to nou want mast get for job in alaska

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