There’s a new job forum in Homer, Alaska, and it’s all about connecting charter industry employers and perspective deckhands, captains, and office staffers. It’s also kind of something we started, so we’re pretty excited about it.
Launched earlier this week, the Homer Charter Association Job Forum group on Facebook is aimed at doing exactly that, bridging the gap between those looking for work in the Homer charter industry and those hiring. It’s a common thread for those of us in the industry. Every year there’s a scramble to find qualified help, and every year those of us working on boats field tons of questions from friends and sometimes internet strangers looking to break into the industry but unsure where to start.
The HCA Job Forum will hopefully address a lot of those questions and help forge some lasting connections. We all got a start somewhere, somehow here in Homer. My charter career started with a connection through a friend, and a captain that decided to take a chance on me.
Since then, I’ve been hooked. And while not all of us stick around as career fisherman, there’s plenty of people that gain experience and stories to tell from their days on boats halibut fishing out of Homer, Alaska.
The mission of the group is pretty simple: to connect people who are looking for jobs in the Homer charter industry with local charter business that are looking to fill summer positions ranging from deckhands to hired skippers to office staff and even dockside filleters. No experience necessary.
Within a few hours of launching the group had dozens of members, and postings from employers looking for captains, deckhands, and office staff.
If you’re looking for a summer job in Homer, Alaska, this is a good place to start.