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Alaska Fishing Boat Deckhand Jobs

Submitted by on September 9, 2014 – 1:26 pm 17 Comments

Alaska commercial fishing boat photoIf you are adventurous and looking for a unique job experience, then head to sea as a deckhand on an fishing boat in Alaska. Job opportunities are available throughout the year. During the summer months the salmon season is in full swing. Hundreds of small fishing boats harvest salmon near coastal towns ranging from Bristol Bay in the far north to Ketchikan in southeast Alaska. To operate efficiently each of these vessels – trollers, purse seiners, and gillnetters – need between 2 and 3 deckhands in addition to the skipper.

And perhaps you’ve seen the incredible Deadliest Catch show on the Discovery Channel? If not, watch it to learn what Alaska crab fishing jobs are all about – including what a crab boat deckhand endures!

The fishing industry operates year-round in Alaska, so it’s possible to find open deckhand positions or other jobs on fishing boats any time of year. There are herring and halibut fisheries, pollock and other groundfish fishing seasons. The size of vessel and job descriptions vary somewhat depending on the season and the type of fish being harvested.

On AlaskaFishingJobsNetwork you can learn about each fishery (see: Alaska commercial fishing seasons), the types of commonly used vessels, and a lot more. We outline what a deckhand job entails and give job search advice too.

Also, make sure to read our section on getting a job in Alaska.

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  • victor o torres says:

    I’m looking for a deckhand or seafood processor job this summer i live in seattle wa. aplied for trident co. just wondering if you know of other companies that are hiring please help me out !!!!

  • Andrew Samford says:

    I got a job as a deckhand, we fished setnetts. It wasent great pay but it got me some experiance to get my foot in the door to getting a better job.

  • Dan Josephson says:

    I’m new to Alaska a former logger from Oregon!! Im very interested in the industry in alaska and would appreciate any advice or inpuut from anyone! best pay for the time of year, where to look, I would like a responsible experianced captain and crew that produces !!!!!!

  • Bryce Matthew Cuellar says:

    I would like to work in Alaska, and also live there. If anyone needs an employee, deckhand, greenhorn (or whatever) please email me.

  • Nicholas says:

    My name is Nicholas Marchant, i currently live in Iowa, however i’ve been trying harder than ever now to get out on the water, its where i belong and it IS where i’ll end up, i love it, traveling, fishing and working hard for something i LOVE doing, all in all, i’d like to be a captain one day, no time soon, because i have no experience yet.
    I’m simply finding it VERY hard to get someone to take me seriously around here, i’m 19 and willing to work 24/7 on the water to earn my place.
    More or less, i’m asking if you could point me to someone or something to get me started, i WON’T be someone to let anyone down, its not going to happen.
    This is my dream..

    Thanks for your time
    simply comment on this page, i’ll be checking it often.

  • Kevin Massengale says:

    This is a industry i will love to work, Im self motivated, a very hard worker, work good with others, and just came from California to Alaska to find any deckhand jobs. Thank you for your time, If you have any question please email me at kevinmass07@yahoo.com

  • Chase Niesen says:

    From Minnesota was a logger for 5 years, and just spent 68 days last summer doing Set Gill Netting in Alaska. Hard worker never stop attitude.

  • Len Morehead says:

    I am very interested in providing a salmon boat with a deckhand you can be proud of. Please if ANYONE would be interested in hiring a hard working , single, no kids , loves work deck hand……………………..please email me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I’m in Florida now……………ready to help out ………please give me a chance

  • Kevin wilson says:

    Names kevin
    have been on a crabing boat called the misty blue and was looking to go back up

  • Chad Andring says:

    I am 17 years old amd would like to get a job as a deckhand to get experience and I am a hard worker.

  • Sydney says:

    Hello: My name is Sydney Reed. My dad Keith Reed used to work on a fishing processor in Bristol Bay in the summer times. fished for sockeye salmon i believe. He did this for some extra cash to tide him over for the school year in hi-school. was curious to see if any one has a position for this up comming summer. I live in Fairfield California. I have relatives that work as fishermen in Alaska. There names are Rodney Devine, Kirk Negus, Eric Negus. My uncle Lyle Negus used to be part owner of Oceanic Seafoods company. Our processor was named the Pacific Harvestor. well hope you can help me out!! Sincerely/Sydney Reed

  • Gregory says:

    Hi my name is Greg I am 16. Looking for a job as a greenhorn. I was offered a job in Sand Point. But being fishing lost the oppertunity. Fishing is my pation never net fished but am willing to learn. I prefer to get a job on a Salmon fishing boat. I can work from the beggining of summer break till the end let me know about job openings. I’m not worried about pay as long as I come out of 2+ months of working with 7k let me know what the job is and how pay works thanx again Greg.

  • Im a Fullshare Deck Hand in Dutch since 1999 My Skills are

    I roll with both hands Ambidextrous
    I can roll and Pole Gaff at the sametime
    I can run the Combi/ Slack Taker
    I keep the gear line running smooth no matter how many Assholes come up.
    I am a Master Baiter
    I do nothing but Head Shots
    Hate Slackers l.o.l !!

    Ive worked for Pacific Longline on the Lilli Anne and I also worked for Aleutian Spray Fisheries.Trident, F.C.A and also Gunn Sea Venture Associates.

    I Deckhand on Draggers, Trawlers, Longliners, & Crab Vessels & Tender Boats

    Looking for slide in work for A & B Season as well Ready to Go now!

  • Adam Schulze says:

    Live in Vancouver, WA just got home from iraq and am actively seeking a job on a boat in alaska. It has been a dream of mine to get to alaska and work up there especially on the water. I’d love some input as well as an opportunity. Let me know of any opportunities.

  • adam zuehlke says:

    in 2009-2010 i went to alaska and fished for halibut got almost a whole season in and then come to find out the captain i was deckhanding for had lost his IFQ or so the story goes but anyways i got alot of good experience and can do it all and am even one very good cook so if there is a longliner out there lookin i am easy to get a long with a team player and a very quick learner and desperately trying to find my way back up to alaska cause that was one helluva experience and even if not a long liner i am willing to try anything so

  • DOUG SMITHSON says:

    I AM WANTING TO COME TO ALASKA AND WORK AS A DECKHAND I LIVE IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND THERE IS NO MONEY TO BE MADE HERE ALL I WANT TO DO IS WORK HARD AND MAKE GOOD MONEY ALL I AM ASKING FOR IS A CHANCE TO SHOW SOMEONE HOW HARD I CAN WORK

  • Greg Williams says:

    My name is Greg and I’m looking to be a crab fisherman. I’m an energenic outgoing strong person.I’ve been a carpenter for 20yrs the last 16 with the same company. I take orders very well and can take the crap from anyone.I’m dedicated responsible andlove to work hard. Please e-mail me I want to fish. Thanks for your time, you won’t be disappointed. I am your man for the job.

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