Job chances best on deep-sea fishing boats
Opportunities for finding work as a fishing deckhand are good, especially on deep-sea fishing boats. The hard work and long periods spent away from home means employers often find it hard to find and keep crew.
People with an advanced fishing deckhand qualification have the best chance of finding work.
Deckhands with a Qualified Deck Crew or higher qualification appears on Immigration New Zealand's transport sector agreement. This means the Government is actively encouraging skilled deckhands from overseas to work in New Zealand
According to the Census, 2,133 deckhands worked in New Zealand in 2018.
Work experience can improve your chance of employment
You can improve your chances of employment by:
- directly approaching a fishing company or skipper, as many jobs are not advertised
- working as an at-sea or onshore seafood processor
- doing a pre-employment course
- looking for maritime hospitality crew work in spring before the busy summer season.
Types of employers varied
Deckhands may work for:
- small passenger ferry companies
- container and cargo shipping companies
- inshore and deep-sea fishing companies.