Alaska fishing jobs are varied and as diverse as the fisheries in the Greatland. In the remote lodge business across Alaska, guides, chefs, pilots, maintenance staff, hospitality workers, and managers are all part of the machine that powers a vibrant sport fishing industry. In the saltwater charter operations spread throughout southcentral and southeast Alaska, Coast Guard licensed captains, deckhands, and fish processors are all in demand. There are many available Alaska fishing jobs and the purpose of this section of our website is to give you an overview of the opportunities out there and to bring many of these job openings to one place so you can quickly and easily see what’s available to you.
We’ve heard repeatedly from our lodge and charter clients that they are in need of employees. Have you ever wanted to work in the Alaska sport fishing industry? If so, now is a great time! Events of the last few years have created a situation where people are eager to travel to Alaska and this boom in sport fishing tourism has necessitated increased manpower across the board.
Where to start?
Perhaps you are feeling like you don’t know where to start to find an Alaska fishing job? The landscape can be a little daunting when you consider that you are traveling a long way into unfamiliar territory to work in a remote location. Well that’s where we come in. Fish Alaska’s Alaska Fishing Job Board will highlight jobs from reputable lodges, charter operations and sport fishing businesses that work with us. With over 20 years of producing Fish Alaska magazine and traveling around Alaska, we have met many good people who run outstanding operations. We can help guide your search towards successful businesses who treat their clients and employees with care and respect.
Certain Alaska fishing jobs require certification from government agencies. Captains of motorized vessels need to be licensed through the US Coast Guard. Guides need to obtain an Alaska Department of Fish and Game Guide License. Guides on the Kenai River need to complete the Kenai River Guide Academy training course approved by Alaska State Parks. Pilots need to be licensed by the FAA. And it’s a good idea for anyone working in the fishing industry to get basic first aid and CPR certification. Lodge and charter owners are looking for quality guides and captains who are fully licensed, so we advise that you research what licenses and permits are required and obtain them before responding to a job opening.
Alaska Fishing Jobs Geographic Considerations
At a typical high-end western Alaska lodge in Bristol Bay, clients enjoy comfortable accommodations, gourmet dining and outstanding angling. Many base their lodges on productive home water like the Naknek, Nushagak, Kvichak, Alagnak, Togiak, or Kanektok and some offer flyouts to other blue-ribbon streams like Moraine, Talarik, American, Brooks, Funnel, Battle, Agulowak, and Nonvianuk, just to name a few. All five salmon species, trophy rainbow trout, abundant char and grayling, and unspoiled wild spaces are all part of the package. If this sounds like your idea of a great opportunity to visit Alaska, experience some of it’s amazing angling, and to be part of the Alaska fishing job industry, read on!
Saltwater charters in southcentral and southeast Alaska enjoy an abundance of bottomfish, which includes halibut, lingcod, and rockfish, as well as king and silver salmon fisheries. Multi-species hauls are common, with plenty of action and lots of success across southeast ports like Yakutat, Gustavus, Sitka, Wrangell, Pelican, and Hoonah. Marine mammal spottings are common, including humpback whales, orcas, porpoise, seals, sea lions and sea otters. If these types of adventures on the high seas calls your name, then read on!
Types of Fishing Job Positions
In addition to the standard positions you would think about in the sportfishing industry like captains and deckhands, there are many support staff, maintenance, culinary and other administrative jobs available as well. Check back frequently as we update job listings.