Job Opportunities

Welcome to the City of Bethel , where employees make the difference in the lives of our city's 6,000+ residents and the many who visit here. We invite you to explore the exciting and fulfilling careers available with the City of Bethel. As an employer we take pride in our competitive salary offerings and comprehensive benefit package.

Our goal is to recruit and retain a highly-qualified and diverse municipal workforce, provide opportunities that promote professional development and to foster a safe, healthy, and productive work environment that will allow us to provide quality services to the public.

 

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Have questions? Reach out to our Human Resources Department by email: humanresources@cityofbethel.net

More about our benefit packages:

Medical Insurance

The City of Bethel offers our employees a medical plan through Premera Blue Cross Blue Shields of Alaska. City employees pay about 2% of the medical insurance premium which is a fraction of what most employers require for medical premium coverage which can be up to 21% for other employers.

Employee’s Monthly Contribution

$30 for Employee

$60 For Employee +1

$90 For Employee +2<

 

Leave Accrual

The City of Bethel offers excellent time off benefits to our employees. We provide paid time off or holiday pay for 12 holidays; two days of funeral leave without deduction from the employees PTO account; and accelerated annual leave accrual rates based off years of service.

Years of Service

Paid Time Off Days Per Year

1

26

2

33

5

39

10

42

15

46

20

46

 

Utility Benefit

Full time employees receive water, sewer, and garbage services for only $132.62 per month with some restrictions.

 

Training and Professional Development

We care about the continued growth of our organization and are committed to support the people that make that happen. We provide financial support for training and professional development programs as well as tuition reimbursement programs.

More about our community

Bethel, Alaska (Population: 6,500) is a remote city on the western coast of Alaska, approximately 400 miles west of Anchorage. Bethel is only accessible by air and river and it is the largest Kuskokwim River port, serving as a transportation and administrative hub for over 50 Alaskan villages. The biggest city in western Alaska, Bethel is in the top ten most populated communities of the state. With a population of over 6,500, the city is about 48 square miles with approximately 5 square miles is water. Unlike much of Alaska, the geography is primarily treeless as it is in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge, the second biggest wildlife preserve in the U.S.A.

Southwestern Alaska was and still is the traditional place of the Yup'ik people and their ancestors for thousands of years. They called their village Mamterillermiut, meaning "Smokehouse People", after their nearby fish smokehouse. In 1885, the Moravian Church established a mission in the area and eventually moved Bethel from Mamterillermiut to its present location on the west side of the Kuskokwim River. A United States post office was opened in 1905. 

Development came to the area during and after World War 11, causing a great social disruption among the Alaska Natives at the time. In 1971, Bethel established a community radio, which has been a strong influence in the redevelopment and revival of the Yup'ik culture. It was the first Native-owned and operated radio station in the U.S.A.

Within Bethel, there are approximately 36 miles of roads which are not connected to any contiguous highway system. The Port of Bethel is the northernmost medium-draft port in the U.S.A. River travel is the primary means of local transportation in the summer and supports barge service that provides goods to Kuskokwim villages. Winter ice roads lead to several local villages, but their condition varies depending on temperature and snow fall. The state-owned Bethel Airport is a regional transportation hub served by four passenger carriers and three major cargo carriers. The airport ranks third in the state for total number of flights.

The town's single paved road and numerous dirt/gravel roads support a taxicab industry. With approximately 100 taxi drivers, the town has more cab drivers per capita than any other city in the U.S.A. The town is also home to the Alaska State prison system's Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center.

Health care is provided by Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation (YKHC) which is a Tribal Organization that administers a comprehensive healthcare delivery system for 58 rural community in southwest Alaska.  They operate the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Regional Hospital in Bethel and have recently completed a major renovation that will allow patients access to essential services and comprehensive health care in one location.

Bethel is a vibrant and bustling community and continues to be a hub of commerce and transportation for its residents and surrounding villages. The city could see some potential growth in the coming years through two proposed housing developments. The median household income is approximately $83,400 with 32% of the population under the age of 18 and only 7% of the population over the age of 65, it is a young community.

 

Indoor/Outdoor Activities

Bethel offers a variety of indoor and outdoor recreational venues and one of the primary reasons that people seek it as a destination. With fishing, canoeing, boating, swimming and kayaking, there's always plenty to do on the Kuskokwim River and surrounding lakes. Subsistence activities for natives, such as hunting and fishing, are commonplace. On land, there are numerous activities offered throughout the year including hunting, bicycling, snow machining and skiing.

Bethel is home to the noted mid-distance dogsled race, the Kuskokwim 300. Held every January since 1980, the race commemorates an early mail route that once tied the settlement to the outside world. Top mushers and hundreds of sled dogs participate in the race, the largest purse offered by any 300-mile sled dog race. Bethel is also an established starting point to the "Float Alaska" wilderness river systems.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim (YK) Fitness Center houses many other activities for children and adults. Swimming classes along with open swim times and swimming meets are held year-round at the indoor pool. Additional activities include fitness classes, salsa dancing, judo and martial arts as well as tumbling for tots and women's empowerment and self-defense classes. The facility also houses many native pieces of art that depict the history of the Yukon.

Pinky's Park is approximately 27 acres of natural area that has youth sports fields as well as slightly over a mile of boardwalk which connects to other walking areas in the City. The City also operates Boat Harbor Park, Dillon Park, Wally Park and Tundra Ridge Park.

School System/Educational Opportunities

Lower Kuskokwim School District, with offices in Bethel, operates five schools in Bethel as well as others in the surrounding villages. Bethel is served by three elementary schools, Bethel high school and Kuskokwim Learning Academy.

Mekelnguut Elitnauriviat School ("M.E.") serves grades kindergarten through second grade and has approximately 260 students. Gladys Jung Elementary School (previously Kilbuck School) serves third grade through sixth grade and has an enrollment of approximately 350 students. Ayaprun Elitnaurvic School is a kindergarten through sixth grade Yup'ik-English bilingual program that originated from a total immersion language program and is housed within the two elementary schools.

Bethel Regional High School has approximately 500 students from grades seven through twelve. Kuskokwim Learning Academy has approximately 60 students that are a part of their dropout prevention program encouraging students to find a different path to academic success that might not be found in a traditional school setting.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks's (UAF) Cooperative Extension Service's Yukon-Kuskokwim District office is based in Bethel. The Yukon-Kuskokwim District office aims to support the population through education and outreach relevant to the local lifestyle and encouraging subsistence activities, such as hunting and fishing. The UAF Kuskokwim Campus offers many certificate and degree programs such as Nursing qualifications, medical billing, Associate of Applied Science, Bachelor's in Social Work or Education and a master's degree in Education or Rural Development and many others.

The district staff support many program activities which support improvement in the quality of life for the population. Some of these areas include: Bethel Community Garden, 4-H youth development, food preservation workshops, healthy homes, nutrition education, home energy education, Strong Women and more.

UAF also operates the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center that celebrates the Yup'ik culture. The center serves as a regional gathering center for Southwest Alaskans to stimulate ideas, advance their knowledge, and enhance the quality of life. The Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center, Library, Kuskokwim Art Guild gift shop and Museum provide access to information, resources, and services to all members of the Bethel community and region.

Bethel City Government

Bethel is a general law, second-class city within the state's unorganized borough and operates under the manager form of government as defined in Alaska Statutes 29.20.460 through 29.20.520. The city is governed by a City Council consisting of an elected Mayor and six other elected council members for two-year terms. 

Bethel has the following departments: Administration, Finance, Public Works, Planning, Police, Fire, and Bethel Port. Bethel is a fiscally conservative driven community placing value on keeping the financial stability of the community at the forefront of their capital planning and growth. They are a value-driven organization dedicated to responsive, respectful and courteous customer service. The total budget for 2019-2020 including all funds is about $31 million with a general fund budget of around $26.4 million. There are six enterprise funds which are comprised of the pool expenses, solid waste, municipal dock, water and sewer, leased property and transit. The city has approximately 100 FTE employees.