As it’s so isolated from the rest of the U.S., Alaska has some very interesting opportunities for FBI staff. This means a lot of FBI work in Alaska is specifically regional, but it also means that work is very hands-on for Agents.
Because of Alaska’s close proximity to Russia and China, FBI work in Alaska can also be very exciting for anti-terrorism work and intelligence efforts.
Alaska’s unique location and isolation also makes it a common place for fugitive criminals to run and hide, creating work for the FBI.
There aren’t as many FBI jobs in Alaska as there are in other states, but Agents do get tasked with more diverse work than Agents elsewhere, which is a great opportunity. The Alaskan branch of the FBI calls itself “family-like”, and only has one FBI field office, which is their headquarters in Anchorage, Alaska’s biggest city.
FBI Agents in Alaska
In order to become an FBI Agent the most important requirement is that candidates are a U.S. citizen, or a citizen of a U.S. territory. When applying, agents must be between 23 and 37 years old, and have a minimum of a four year bachelor’s degree from an approved academic institution, as well as three years minimum relevant work experience. Candidates must be ready and willing to travel often and extensively, as well as relocating if asked. They must also possess a valid U.S. driver’s license.
Special Agents, once selected, will then take part in a mandatory entry program in one of the following:
1. Computer Science/ Information Technology.
4. Law or Diversified training.
Once training is completed, Agents then go on to a critical skills training program, in order to specialize.
FBI Jobs in Alaska
Linguists: Alaska has many foreigners and Native Americans, so linguists are in highly needed to translate. People fluent in Mandarin, Russian and Native languages are desired to work for the FBI in Alaska.
Special Agents: Tasked with most investigative fieldwork for the Anchorage, these Agents do things like catch serial killers in the state.
Hazardous Materials: As one of the U.S.’s main oil exporters, Agents are needed to deal with any situations that might arise and threaten public safety. Not only to Agents deal with criminal and terrorist elements, the also help out in cases of accidents and spills of hazardous materials.
Tactical Support and Crisis Response: Alaska has an FBI SWAT team with eight members that supports regional law enforcement professionals when necessary. Their deployment is generally to barricade crime scenes, deal with hostage situations, event security, routine patrol and the apprehension of armed and violent criminals, to name a few.