Packing for Jobs in Onshore Processing Facilities

Onshore processing jobs require slightly different equipment than offshore fisherman and boat processors. Keep in mind that you should consider bringing everything on our general fishing jobs packing list, since to a large degree, much of your living scenario will be the same. Here, we feature some of the stand-out items onshore processors should consider when working an Alaska fishing job. Remember, don’t over pack and don’t count on too many luxuries. It’s time to earn some money and work hard.



Onshore Processing Job Packing List

Be sure to add the following items to your rucksack when leaving for an Alaskan fishing job:

Nicer clothes. Bring at least one set in case you decide to accept a job as a waitperson or other such work. Also, a lot of onshore processing plants are in or near towns and cities. If you get a few days off, it might suit you well for a night out on the town. Don’t bring too much, but just enough to plan ahead.

Comfortable hat. Most canneries require that you wear a hat; most people wear a baseball or stocking cap. This helps you keep warm and keeps your hair out of the fishing process. This cap will likely get smelly, and dirty. Don’t bring your favorite unless you don’t mind leaving it behind.

Current resumes. Bring a stack of about fifteen to twenty, as well as copies of your job applications. You might find yourself poised for a new job and in need of a current resume. Don’t rely on Internet cafes or wireless with printers at the fishing camps. Bring a few along just in case.

Camping equipment. This should include a waterproof tent, tarps, a camp stove and cooking gear, a lantern or flashlight, and anything else that can help make a campsite a home. If you don’t feel like hauling your home on your back, a common practice is to construct your own shelter using tarps and lumber scraps, both often available in most Alaska fishing towns. Some onshore processors will provide tents or perhaps a raised tent platform. Be sure to prepare for a range of options – bring along basic tent gear in case you need it. You might also find it useful for your travels, either before or after your work is over for the season.

Recreational equipment. This might include a fishing pole and tackle, hunting equipment, hiking boots, a softball mitt, a backpack, frisbee or a mountain bike. Don’t forget to consider the cost of Alaska fishing licenses, usually higher for non-residents of Alaska. Also, don’t bring along too much. You might not have much use, or space, for your mountain bike. Consider your recreational equipment carefully before leaving.

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