Looking for greener Pasture in Alaska!

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1. Posted by rinku_dpm (Budding Member 3 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi everybody!
Just signed up with this forum, guess am really glad that I did:) coz I found the site very informative but I require some guidance here, n this is regards with a trip that am planning to make to alaska n get myself maybe a summer job while am there..

As for myself am 23 m from India n currently working with a sofware company but then off late I've come to realise that I derive absolutely no pleasure from such blue collared jobs...:( n therefore have decided to quit it n get backpacking, certain friends did suggest me trying my luck with some of these commercial fishing companies there, which cud earn me a good deal provided am willing to slog my butts off...which I am ;) !

Have been abroad on quite a few occaisions but then never to the States or Canada, n wud be really glad if sumone cud be kind enuf to lemme know how do I go about organisisng a trip n landin myself a job or contract...keeping in mind the International obligations if any!

Hope to hear from u shortly. Regards Dev.

2. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Bad News!

Your chances of landing a Commercial Fishing job in Alaska are slim to none and slim just left town.

There are all kinds of 'agencies' that purport to act as hiring centres for such jobs but in fact that are ripoffs-they take your money, send you a list of ancient phone numbers and you're buggered.

You 'might' have a chance if you
1-are an excellent cook with several years experience
2-have a first aid ticket issued in the USA
3-are possessed of a radio operators licence again issued in the USA

You will also need a visa that allows you to work in the USA-and why would US Immigration authorities grant you a Visa for an unskilled job when so many local Alaskans are unemployed?

Back to the drawing board!

3. Posted by rinku_dpm (Budding Member 3 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hey hi...
Thanx a lot for the info, though I guess it really is bad news..never the less thanx a lot.
Regards Dev.

4. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I hate to say it, but I think Sam told you true, I grew up in Alaska and have to agree. I can tell you the following though.

Do not try to fish in Alaska without a valid work permit. Anyone who hires you is going to do so based on the fact they can get you for less than what other people cost. If they are cutting corners on personell, you can bet your bottom dollar that they are also cutting corners on those people's safety. There are enough people who die every year on reputable and "safe" vessels without poachers and such coming up and being a strain on the already busy coast gaurd...

That being said, if you do manage to acquire a work permit somehow, your best bet of getting on with a company is to simply show up in South East Alaska. Bring good camping gear(it's warm in the summer), and have enough cash to get home in case you don't find work.
Growing up I would travel down to Homer/Anchor Point in the beggining of the season to fish. I'd meet all kind of folks who just sort of "showed up" to try to find work on a boat. If you don't find work on a boat, chances are you will in a cannery which is still decent money and the makings of a great summer in Alaska. It is easy to get on in the canneries because they don't have the draw of tremendous pay and the large amount of exposure the boats get.

Oh and one last thing.. Like Sam started to mention.. never pay some guy to find you a job fishing. Reputable staffing agencies in the US charge the companies they rep to find people, not the other way around generally.

Best of luck,