Agency/type: Air Force Non-Appropriated Funds (NAF)
On line application: http://www.nafjobs.org/
Physical office: Kadena HRO, building 723 (On Douglas Ave between Kuter Ave and Gate 3); 634-2330 Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
What kind of jobs: Hourly wage jobs in a wide variety of positions for 18th Force Support Squadron including cashier, child care, customer service, food service, recreation and more.

Agency/type: Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) NAF
On line application:https://www.mccsokinawa.com/

Physical office: 645-8229 or Camp Foster 645-3151/3154; Camp Kinser 637-1307; Camp Courtney 622-7878; Camp Hansen 623-7736; Camp Schwab 625-2699;

What kind of jobs: Hourly wage jobs in a wide variety of positions for the MCCS including child care, food service, family readiness, human resources and more.

Agency/type: Federal Service General Schedule (GS) for all branches
On line application: http://www.usajobs.gov/
Physical office: Civilian Personnel Office (CPO) on the corresponding branch
Marine Corps and Navy: Civilian Human Resources Office (CHRO), Camp Butler, Bldg 495, 2nd floor; 645-2475 or 645-3380
Air Force: Kadena Civilian Personnel Flight, Bldg 721, Wing A; 634-1358 or 634-3285
Army: Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (CPAC), Torii Station, Bldg 236; 644-4401
What kind of jobs: Salaried, generally “white collar” positions, commissary positions

Agency/type: Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) positions in the DoD schools
On line application: https://webapps.dodea.edu/EAS/login.cfm
Physical office: Tori Station, Bldg 214; 644-5799
What kind of jobs: Education and school support positions

Agency: Army and Air Force Exchange Services (AAFES)
On line application: http://odin.aafes.com/employment/hr_info.asp
Physical office: AAFES Recruiting Office, Camp Foster, Bldg 490
What kind of jobs: Retail and support positions at AAFES facilities

Agency: US Naval Hospital Okinawa
On line application: http://www.med.navy.mil/sites/nhoki/CivPers/Pages/default.aspx
Physical office: Navy Human Resources Office (HRO) at Kadena AB, Bldg. #3596; 315-634-6714 or commercial 01181-611-734-6714.

18 COMMENTS

  1. Okinawa is where spouses go to have professional aspirations and careers crushed. Marketable skills here are lawn mowing, waiting tables, childcare, IT, and possibly nursing. If you have any other skills, plan on explaining how they can help you bag groceries or give them away for free as a Red Cross volunteer.

  2. Okinawa Sports Officials Service has referee jobs available for football, soccer, baseball, volleyball, softball basketball, you can volunteer or get paid for your support of Okinawa Youth & Adult Sports programs. If you have experience great! if not we can train you and get you going, please call 090-829-29431 or email me at sports@on-timegroup.com if you are interested in getting involved in Okinawa Sports Athletics programs.

  3. The hiring process not just for naf but all on base hires is bogus and one sided. If you do not have sofa but are more qualified than a defendant then you will not get hired. Regardless of degree. Also if you know people then your chances improve( especially with MCCS). I’m speaking from experience as I have been here for 16 yrs and was able to land one sofa job. At this point I’ve written my congressman to complain. Why should I have to show up for an interview just so they can meet their quota of interviewing three people when they already have someone set in their minds to hire. I’ve got three kids and the time for grab ass is over. If I’m qualified then I’m qualified.

  4. It is very helpful information. Thank you for sharing it 🙂
    Before coming to Oki, I used to work in the hospital.
    I am worried if I can find a job in Okinawa as a RN.
    I know there’s U.S. Navy Hospital that hires nurses, however, one of the requirements is having a U.S. citizenship. Currently I am a permanent resident, but not a citizen yet. I am not sure what to do…

    • Jocelyn,
      If you are a spouse of U.S. citizen service member who are (or will be) deployed for a year or more, you may be eligible for expedited naturalization.
      Time as permanent resident and continuos residence requirements are waived at this case. All you need is to be a permanent resident at the time of your USCIS
      interview.

  5. Wow, this is an amazing website and message board. I am soon to arrive in Okinawa from the UK, where I have a good job and progressive career. I have chosen to make family life priority; it would be nice to continue somewhere on my career path in Okinawa but getting the above feedback will prepare me. Either way I am excited…..it’s a new chapter 🙂

  6. If you have SOFA status, go to your nearest Elementary on base and apply to be a sub! They are always needing folks! No, you will not necessarily work a lot. But, it is employment that gets you in the door with the school, while you are looking for something full time. It took about 2 months for me to get started subbing with the paperwork and background checks.. So don’t delay.

  7. Even military spouses who are SOFA status have a difficult time getting jobs here. That is just how Okinawa is, and you have to accept that, and not feel defeated. I have SOFA status, have a Bachelors Degree, had an amazing job in the States, and here, it took me 6 months to get hired at a bank after getting here… making little more than minimum wage! And I am lucky to have that job, based on other’s stories I’ve heard. I’ve lived on Okinawa for close to 3 years for reference. I have also applied through usajobs and mccs several times with no luck. There are just so few jobs here (we can’t really go off-base to work) and there are so many military spouses fighting for these positions. So, don’t get discouraged if you don’t get something in the first 6-months or so… it’s not you – It’s just Okinawa! But having SOFA status really helps – its hard enough to get a job WITH SOFA status, I can’t imagine how hard it would be without!

  8. The Job market for Non-SOFA personnel is NOTHING AVAILABLE. Military Spouses are first preference. Veterans on a Visa are LAST Choice. There are several Japanese Temp Agencies. Job Plenty, Pro-Staff and On-Time. I do not recommend On Time Staffing.
    They are pushy, obnoxious, and they give you very LITTLE information about the job they offer to you. You will find out what the job is REALLY like after you are stuck there.
    Job Plenty and Pro Staff are quite helpful, but I am still not employed. I hope that you have better luck than I have.

      • Hey Tara, in case you haven’t been informed yet, you can not work in a temp agency without a visa or residence card. The temp agencies are Japanese companies. Even though they hire for on-base work, they can not grant SOFA status, they just have people sign and escort you on base everyday before work.

  9. Hey guys! I am planning on moving to Okinawa in October. My boyfriend is a Marine Corps officer stationed in Okinawa, and I am currently in the Navy Reserves, just off 3 years of active duty. I also have my BA in Mathematics. I don’t have a job yet, so I am going to have to go over there on a tourist visa and hope to god that I am able to find a job within 3 months. I have been trying to apply for jobs over here so that the visa won’t be an issue, however it seems that every job I have found only hires people who are currently in Okinawa. I am very lost, and any guidance that anyone may have would be greatly appreciated.

    • Hey Jamie,

      I am in the same boat. My boyfriend is in the Air Force stationed in Okinawa and I am out here right now trying to get a job. I have to leave now in August and am doing everything I know of to find a job with SOFA sponsorship. Let me know if you know of anything… I’m running into a lot of dead ends. Lol and despite the advice from Karen, we aren’t going to just get married to make it easier. We do plan on getting married one day but we want to get married in the States with our family around. If we wanted to go that route getting a job wouldn’t even be a necessity… I wouldn’t need one to stay here lol

  10. Thank you thank you! I’m moving to Kadena AFB in Feb 2012, and I’m really nervous about finding a job there. However, I don’t know about other people’s experience, but I have NEVER had success applying for jobs through usajobs.com. I’ve applied for several jobs while still in the states, and usajobs.com has only sent me email saying I wasn’t qualified for the job (even there I was) and didn’t explain why I wasn’t qualified. The main office in Texas never answers their phone and don’t respond to faxes.

    ANYWAYS (lol), I am so excited and nervous to move to Kadena. I want to work because I like making money but I think not working would mean I could experience the island. Thank you for all your useful information about Okinawa