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Finding a Job in Okinawa, Japan

One of the toughest parts about moving overseas to Okinawa Japan is finding a new job or occupation for the military member's spouse. You will find here a list of the most recent opportunities on Camp Foster, Kadena Air Base, and the other Marine camps. Best wishes on your job hunt.

  Kadena Services Job Vacancy Listing

The 18th Human Resources Office (HRO) is responsible for all Non-Appropriated (NAF) job opportunities on Kadena Air Base.  Full listing of jobs available at link above.  Examples of employment opportunities:

• Accounting • Administrative
• Cashier • Child Care
• Customer Service • Food Service
• Human Resources • Marketing
• Recreation • Training

Location: Bldg #723 (across from the lemon lot, single story building)
Phone: 634-2330
Hours: Mon-Fri 8-4

  MCCS Employment Opportunities

Click here.  Also, contact the Family Member Employment Assistance Program for a listing of current openings in:

- US Gov't Appropriated and Non-Appropriated Fund
- Non-government on and off base employment 

Camp Foster
Camp Kinser
Camp Courtney
Camp Hansen
Camp Schwab

MCCS occasionally holds job fairs.  Call the NAF HRO (Non-Appropriated Funds Human Resources Office) at 645-8229 for more details.

  USA Jobs

USA Jobs is the Federal Government's official one-stop source for Federal jobs and employment information.  Site run by the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

Over 15 GS jobs listed here at last look.

Another webpage that publishes all federal government job listings in Japan (not just Okinawa) is available here

Once on island, you might also visit the Civilian Personnel Office (CPO) which is located across from the lemon lot on the 2nd floor of the last 2 story building before the intersection.


    U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa

Located at Camp Lester (~ 3 miles south of Kadena Air Base & 2 miles north of Camp Foster)

Click on "Employment Opportunities" in upper right corner

Telephone: DSN 643-7399
Commercial 01181-611-743-7399
Fax: DSN 643-7278
Commercial 01181-611-743-7278
Location: 1st Floor, Northwest Wing

  Spouses to Teachers

Spouses to Teachers is a DoD program - it provides support to spouses of active duty military and Selected Reserves personnel as they pursue K-12 teaching positions.

Support includes reference and counseling services, as well as a stipend of up to $600 for eligible participants to reimburse the costs of state licensure/certification examinations. For additional information visit or contact their office:

Spouses to Teachers
(800) 231-6242, ext. 3224
DSN 922-1320
DSN Fax 922-1096
Office hours: 0600-1600 CST, M-F

  AAFES Employment

Click above for the latest job openings & opportunities at Kadena Air Base, Camp Foster, and at other Okinawa bases.


Become a licensed Family Child Care (FCC) provider

Great for moms who want to stay home with their kids and still have a job!   Providers must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a high school graduate (or have GED equivalent)
  • Complete a home interview
  • Obtain letters of recommendation
  • Complete orientation training
  • Undergo comprehensive background check

FCC providers can offer care for children ages six weeks to 12 years of age and they can care for up to six children in their home, including their own children less than eight years of age.

For more details on how to become a licensed caregiver, call Family Child Care at 634-3464.  They are located in Bldg 1850 on Kadena AB.

    Online Help Wanted Ads for Okinawa

15+ jobs currently listed on Japan Update.  Click link here.

Jobs like English language teacher, mystery shopper, click hereNote:  Leave all search boxes empty.  In "All Areas" box select Okinawa, then click search to get all jobs available in Okinawa.

Technical, engineering type jobs  click here for job openings.


Summer jobs for teenagers

lifeguard, recreation-aid jobs at Outdoor Recreation, Kadena Marina, Arts & Crafts, Karing Kennels, and the golf course.  Positions listed inside HRO office in building 723 and online



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