#2: Try a Seasonal Job
Summer is prime tourism season in Alaska. You’ll find plenty of businesses interested in hiring workers for the season, which runs from about May–September. Some of these jobs even come with room and board, which means an easy transition for you, since you won’t even have to look for a place to stay.
What kind of jobs will you find? Just about anything in tourism and hospitality, including working in a hotel or restaurant, on a cruise ship, or even guiding river rafting tours. You’ll also find work that revolves around Alaska’s summer fishing season, like jobs on a boat or in a cannery. If you love being outdoors, you’ll also find seasonal positions posted for jobs within Alaska’s State Parks, National Parks, and National Forests.
Consider your options carefully. You’ll find plenty of options on sites like CoolWorks.com, but remember that you’re committing for the season. Don’t say yes to the first person who offers you a position. Ask questions, and compare perks and responsibilities before you decide. After all, what’s the point of coming all the way to Alaska if you end up in a job you don’t like?
Finally, make sure you start your search early. Many jobs are posted by February (or earlier!). Plan ahead to maximize your options.
Next, if you’re committed to making the move to Alaska alone, we’ve got a few tips to help you navigate your transition.