Ok, so it’s not summertime at the moment, but I wanted to put this out there for you now so you’ll have plenty of time to think about it and get prepared before Summer arrives. I just found out that the state of Alaska recruits tons of people to come work seasonally every summer in their tourism and commercial fishing industries. There aren’t usually enough Alaskans to fill all the positions, so those of us from the lower 48 (and Hawaii) are in luck! International readers, you will probably need a work visa. Sorry!
I think it would be an incredible opportunity to go work in Alaska for the summer. Not only would you be able to explore and enjoy all the beautiful state has to offer, but you’ll also get paid to do it. Of course, these aren’t jobs you should expect to get rich doing, and when the summer is over you’ll need to go home again and find another job, but if you’re looking to get out there and experience a little more of the world and get paid to do it, this just might be a great opportunity for you.
There are a lot of different kinds of seasonal jobs available in Alaska, and include things like hiking guides and nature guides, tour guides on railroads, outdoor adventures, and cruises. Summertime is the tourist season, so businesses of all sorts are busier than usual. This means there are also jobs available such as restaurant servers, bussers, hosts, and bartenders. You can work in gift shops or at hotels as clerks, housekeepers, or porters. Cruise ships will also be staffing up for the popular Alaskan cruises and will need casino staff, stewards, bartenders, servers, cabin attendants and more. If tourism isn’t your thing, there are also jobs in commercial fishing and salmon canneries and processing centers. This list is not the end all be all either…there are plenty of other jobs out there that are available in a number of areas, but these are the most common types of jobs you’ll find in Alaska during the summer.
Pay ranges vary at these kinds of jobs, depending on what you’re doing and where, of course, but many of the jobs will also offer room and board either free or at a discounted rate. This means that you’ll be able to save some of your money earned in Alaska while you’re there (but definitely check before you go as not all jobs include room and board). Cruise ships do offer free room and board, and you’ll also earn tips so you’ll probably earn more on a cruise ship than other jobs. Commercial fishing and salmon canneries usually pay more than the hospitality jobs, but the work is also harder to get and more physically demanding.
Like I said, you’re not going to get rich working seasonally in Alaska, but you’ll get to explore Alaska! (isn’t that what it’s all about?). You never know what kinds of experiences you’ll have on the job and in your time off, so definitely open yourself to new experiences while you’re there.
What are you waiting for? Begin your search and preparations today! Alaska awaits.
Here are a few resources to get you started:
Have you done this? Or do you live in Alaska? Any tips or words of wisdom for people who might be interested in spending their summer in Alaska? Would love to hear from you!