It can take some time to learn how to get a job on an Alaskan fishing boat, though there are some factors that can expedite the process. Most boats are fully manned because Alaskan fishing boats can be some of the most profitable, showing that you would make a great addition to the boat is often the only way to secure such a job. Following are some requirements to get a job working on an Alaskan fishing boat.
- Experience First, it is imperative that anyone trying for job on an Alaskan fishing boat has adequate experience. Without that (experience working on other boats anywhere, or performing similar activities to those you are applying for), a job is not likely. Keep in mid also that Alaska has some of the roughest, coldest waters that fishermen in the United States have to deal with, and if you think you can handle it, tell the captain about your jobs working in similar, potentially harsh and strenuous situations.
- Physical stamina and strength Likely, you will need to be in good shape to perform the activities required of any mate or deckhand on a Alaskan fishing boat. Make sure to frequently visit the gym, and work muscles that will require use when working on a boat. Being in good shape is necessary for both trying to land, and for working the job you covet.
- Volunteering If no paid positions are available on any of the Alaskan fishing boats you are willing to work on, you may have to offer to go a couple of trips for free. As long as you do not prove to be a hindrance, any captain will think that you receive some training you might need, or he or she will recognize your already established abilities, and that can certainly help you out. If you find a spot to work for free for a short period of time and do well, likely the captain will take you on, or, if no paid positions are available afterward, recommend you to another captain who is considering taking on more men.
All in all, because it is a highly competitive industry, you will need to prove your worth. Do anything to show a captain that you are willing to work hard and well, and prove that you can handle the harsh conditions that you will be subjected to.