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Maritime Works

Research & Development

For several years, AFDF has been working with maritime businesses, the University of Alaska, Alaska Departments of Labor and Education, and others on the issue of workforce development for Alaska maritime industry. 

As the result of this work, in 2014, the State of Alaska adopted the Alaska Maritime Workforce Development Plan.

In 2015, AFDF became the fiscal agent for an advisory group representing maritime businesses called Maritime Works. Click here to visit the website for Maritime Works, which includes information on training and jobs in the Maritime Industry.

AFDF, on behalf of Maritime Works, also received a grant from the Alaska Community Foundation’s Vocational Fund for Alaska’s Future. AFDF and Maritime Works will also be collaborating with the Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium (APICC) over the next year to improve career awareness and spearhead improvements to workforce development in Alaska’s maritime industry by creating a workforce investment strategy based on the model – National Fund for Workforce Solutions.

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To date, Maritime Works has received donations from the following funders:

  • Alaska Community Foundation
  • University of Alaska
  • FirstBank of Alaska
  • Ketchikan Marine Industry Council
  • Vigor Alaska
  • Icicle Seafoods
  • Southeast Conference
  • Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference
  • Homer Marine Trades Association
Arctic Prowler at a launching ceremony
F/V Arctic Prowler at a launching ceremony in the Vigor shipyard in Ketchikan, Alaska. Photo courtesy of Vigor Alaska.

Maritime Careers in Alaska

Maritime Works is committed to getting more Alaskans in skilled, well-paying maritime occupations.

Employment opportunities include careers in:

Click here to learn about the vast varieties of seafood and maritime-related careers available in Alaska, including starting salary ranges, skills, experience or education required, and where to find it.