JBER hiring for over 300 civilian jobs
You may have heard one of their ads on the radio in Anchorage. Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson is hiring — no military affiliation required.
Human resource directors estimate that JBER has about 330 positions to fill between its non-appropriated funds (NAF) jobs, which are positions that don't require approval from Congress, and in the Civilian Personnel office.
According to a release from JBER's public affairs office, current openings range from entry-level positions to skilled labor, with opportunities in child care, recreation, leisure and hospitality, vehicle operations and mechanics.
"We have food service, we have laborers, we have I.T. positions, we have a whole scope of different kinds of positions in our area itself," said Meghan Govin, Human Resources Director for Non-Appropriated Funds.
Govin says she has about 80 openings in her department, which includes some seasonal work at Moose Run Golf Course in Arctic Valley. Govin's counterpart in charge of civilian positions dependent on federal appropriations, Tony Roles, estimates his department has more than 240 openings.
"We go from anything from a laborer position at about $12, $13 an hour up to advanced nurses, doctors, H.R. professionals, I.T. professionals. We have a wide gamut of positions available," Roles said.
Both Govin and Roles say most of the job openings in their respective departments include paid vacation, health and life insurance as well as an option for 401 (K) retirement benefits.
"We obviously focus toward veterans and military spouses, but we have direct hiring authority for multiple positions across the base," said Roles. "So while there is preference, there is a lot of opportunity for people down town to get into the federal government, into the system. And a great thing about that is, if you get into the system, there's positions all across the United States, overseas, everywhere that you have the opportunity to transfer around to."
For her part, Govin says her department is looking for the most qualified candidate regardless of their connection to the military.
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