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Employment Opportunities

Assistant District Attorney

District Attorney's Office – Full-Time; Kotzebue

The Kotzebue District Attorney’s Office is recruiting to fill two assistant district attorney positions to prosecute criminal cases on behalf of the State of Alaska.  The work includes frequent trials, significant pre-trial motion practice, daily court hearings and some post-conviction and appellate work. You will need strong oral advocacy skills. Prior trial experience and experience in the practice of criminal law is a plus, but is not required. This position requires the ability to think critically and reason logically; the ability to communicate clearly verbally and in writing; the ability to organize, prioritize, and work effectively in a deadline controlled atmosphere; and the ability to manage numerous matters simultaneously. In addition to Kotzebue, this office serves all of the villages of the Northwest Arctic Borough plus Point Hope. Some travel within Alaska will be necessary. 

Kotzebue sits at the tip of the Baldwin Peninsula, in the middle of Kotzebue Sound, which is in turn fed by the Noatak, Selawik, and Kobuk rivers. This is the Arctic, and weather will be harsh, but the country is spectacular. The Inupiaq have called it home for over 4,000 years, subsisting on sea mammals along the coast, and caribou inland. This lifestyle remains a vital part of the local culture. Today, visitors come from around the world to enjoy the scenic rivers, the caribou hunting and outdoor photography. The next assistant district attorney in Kotzebue can enjoy all this and more—including, in season, the finest sheefishing through the ice available, and it is even within walking distance of the office. 

Kotzebue is a two-attorney office and as such it provides ample opportunity to acquire experience in a wide variety of criminal prosecutions, both misdemeanor and felony, in a short period of time. Assistant District Attorneys who fulfill a two year commitment in a rural location are given preference to transfer to other district attorney offices in the state as vacancies occur.  A rural commitment is a great way to acquire a wide variety of experience that is highly valued within the division. Both of the current attorneys have been appointed to the bench, so there is judicial opportunity as well.

Salary is determined by the legal background and experience of the selected candidate with a starting range between approximately $109,000 - $148,000. Regular salary increases are provided every 1-2 years. A comprehensive state benefits package is provided, including health, dental, vision and life insurance; a retirement annuity plan that takes the place of the federal Social Security Plan in which the state provides a 6.13% match of your gross pay; a separate retirement investment portfolio in which the state matches pre-tax contributions of up to 5% of your gross eligible salary; options for deferred compensation; 21 days of paid personal leave for new employees that increases over time; and assistance with moving expenses.

Individuals who would like more information may contact District Attorney John Earthman, (907) 443-2296 or via email at

Application Instructions

Candidates who are interested in applying for a position must submit a resume that includes a complete history of education and professional work experience and identifies at least three professional employment references.  Please also include a professional writing sample.  A cover letter should specify the position for which the applicant is applying. If applying for multiple positions, the cover letter should specify which of the positions the applicant wishes to be considered for, but only one set of application materials is necessary.

Electronic submission of application materials is preferred. Please send them to:

or via hard copy to:

Department of Law
Criminal Division Central Office
P.O. Box 110300
Juneau, AK 99811-0300

The Department of Law is an equal opportunity employer and complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Applicants needing accommodation to apply may contact the Criminal Division Central Office at (907) 465-3600 or Relay Alaska at (800) 770-8973.

All interested and qualified applicants will be considered, but not every applicant will be interviewed.  A preference will be given to applicants with the ability to fluently speak another language that is commonly used in the geographic locations related to this position.