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Public School Opportunities with the Lower Yukon School District

What if you had the chance to experience a place and culture that is quite different from what you’re used to – without ever leaving the United States? We are working with a public school district in Western Alaska, where you’ll have the opportunity to make a big difference in small coastal Native American communities in the nation’s second largest wildlife refuge. You’ll live surrounded by Alaska’s natural beauty and a lifestyle that’s unlike anything found in the Continental United States.

This is a government public school job and you’ll be working for the local school district. The pay is above average, with a salary range of USD $51,000-$80,000 and annual pay increases. They will also subsidize your housing and airfare. The schools here are looking to hire U.S. state certified teachers for a number of August openings. Out-of-state certification is accepted for this opening, with a straightforward license transfer process. The district is well-funded and the schools here are really well supplied. Due to Alaska’s relative remoteness, the state hasn’t had the same adverse effects from COVID-19 as the rest of the continental United States. And within Alaska, this particular region is one of the least affected, you can check the current number of cases on this live map from the New York Times (look for Kusilvak Census Area on the Western coast of Alaska). Currently, this area has 18 times fewer cases per capita than the US national average.

There are 12 openings for both elementary teachers and middle/high school teachers. Subjects and grade levels vary by school location and include English Language Arts (ELA), Reading, Math, CTE, Special Education, and Elementary Teachers. Interest in these jobs is usually high with each year’s new intake, so if you’re interested please apply soon with your resume at the bottom of this page.

The one year contract is a great opportunity to make a change, teach in a totally new setting, and save money – and you’re also encouraged to stay on longer and make Alaska your home. We have sent a number of teachers to this school district over the years and they all recommend it as a great place to teach.


  • A competitive salary of USD $51,000-$80,000
  • Pay increases gained with each year of seniority
  • The school district will help you find housing and subsidize it
  • A unique chance to help small coastal communities make sure their children receive a quality education without having to leave their home towns for schools in larger regional centres