Experience living on the waters of wild Alaska

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a small family run shellfish farm. I'm Jerry....me, and "The Boy" (my dog) live together here in Southeast Alaska.

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    My brother and his wife aren't here now ....they are traveling down in "America" as we call it and I now have an opening for ONE person at this time...I want someone who can stay on for 6 weeks or more.... Cause that's how long it's going to take to teach you what you need to know.... Most guests don't want to go when the time comes. Look at our feedback.

    No experience is necessary but having skills will be considered in choosing guest...

    Knowing how to keep small engines running is important here, chainsaws, generators, boat motors..
    Carpentry... Up keep on our cabins, decking ect very useful skills.
    Cooking ...will be shared between us. We eat good!


    Look forward to hear from you!

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    More details...

    We hand raise gourmet shellfish in the world’s cleanest waters off the west coast of Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. It is classified as remote, we are beyond off the grid...no roads, no phones, no power, no running water, just pristine lands and wildlife.

    You will see deer, bear, wolves and mink along the shorelines. All varieties of waterfowl work the waters. Sea otter, seals, whale, both humpback and Orca regularly pass by.

    We live on the water...yes on the water in a floating cabin anchored in a cove amongst islands on the Pacific Ocean. All travel is by boat.

    We hunt, fish and trap for most of our food…...Our diet consists mostly of fresh seafood, wild mushrooms, fiddlehead ferns, or berries that we harvest and catch. We built a small greenhouse. This is one area we could use advice with to improve.

    Life here would also include such day to day chores as gathering firewood and preparing food. Adventures include fishing, pulling a few crab and shrimp pots, hunting and processing bear and deer.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Help in the house
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    "You can't catch fish all day. If you don't start in the morning"
    -Jerry Ryggs

    I spent almost 5 months here. This was my first workaway and an amazing one at that.

    From the moment I jumped out of the plane at the farm I was treated as part of their family. Everyday on the farm brought new adventures and lessons on life in S.E. Alaska. Spreading my time between work on the oyster farm, fishing, float construction, firewood, and other various chores. The time spread between work and adventure was more than fair. The description given from the host is very accurate.

    Workawayers Lucas and Alastair, that came during my stay, were great cabinmates and partners in adventure.

    I really enjoyed and am thankful for my time with the family. Jerry, Larry, Linda, and of course the boy were great hosts and now friends.

    Although my workaway experience here is over. My time in S.E. Alaska is not. I moved just a few miles away to take a full time job on Orr Island. I stop in to regualrly and look forward to meeting future workawayers.

    For the right minded person this place truly is paradise.

    -Lee Findley

    Feedback left by our first workawayer.

  • Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

  • Help

    Help

    Helping around the farm....

    We are looking for someone interested in aquaculture that would spend time helping on our farm. It takes strength to pull the nets. You would also sort oysters, dig clams, use your back and get your hands dirty. We are always open to engineering new systems and equipment to work the farm.

    You will have an opportunity to learn about shellfish farming and how to live off the land as we do. No experience is necessary.

    You will learn your way around a skiff (small boat), use rope and knots, fishing & hunting. We have all the gear needed.

    We are busy here year round. Winter is NOT as frigid and iced up as it is up North in the winter months. We heat with wood so cutting and splitting fire wood is a chore in the cooler months...

    ... and help with processing our catch and smoking meat. We will teach how to clean shrimp and crab.... and how smoke salmon......dry mushrooms, make jerky. We use canned and dried food as well...and bake our own bread.

    Having experience cooking and making things from scratch would be beneficial but not necessary.

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    Your time here is not so much about how many hours we work...

    ........it's about participating in the way we live out here in the in wilderness of wild Alaska. It's about being part of our family and doing whatever it takes ...what you will see and experience because you are living it. .
    It's about pushing yourself to do things you've never done before and learn from it and walking away a new person. It's about not wanting to leave when It is time to go. .

    Most people get it. A few don't.

    If you can't handle that then it might be best if you stay home and watch Alaska TV shows with your mommy. If you can't give 100% then we don't have room in the boat!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    With the help of our first helper we are using our guest cabin now. We just installed a wood stove for heat and it is nice and cozy.

    Due to limited space we have coed sleeping arrangements located in a one room loft.

    We provide an individual twin beds or a cot to sleep on.

    Our cabin is built on a floating log raft off shore anchored in a protective cove.

    Life here is pleasing but primitive. We do have satellite for internet and TV. It is a dream location for the right minded person. SE Alaska is a rainforest area. Summers are cool and damp but daylight for most of the time.

    You will need your personal gear, multiple layers of clothing, rubber knee high boots (highly recommend insulated Xtratufs) and good rain gear (PVC Grundens will hold up very well). You'll also want to bring a warm hat, a good headlamp, sunglasses, facemask (winter months) to shield you from wind on the boat.
    Bring bug repellent and sun screen (spring and summer months).

    We eat good and all meals are provided......if you like fresh seafood.

    Smoking outside of the cabin is okay.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live on the water.....helpers would want to feel comfortable moving about in a small skiff or boat. We travel this way most of the time.

    Also would need to feel at ease living in a secluded remote area without the lights of the city at night and sound of civilization. We don't see any lights at night except for the moon and stars. And the sound of eagles screeching, a wolf howling or a whale blowing off.

    When we are working....we work hard for a few hours regardless of the weather.....but if the salmon are running we go fishing and when the freezer gets room we harvest a deer for red meat. You wouldn't want to feel squeamish around cleaning fish or a gut pile.

    Alaska requires you to have a fishing license and this can be a bit costly for non residents.

    Length of stay:

    We are getting a lot of questions about length stay.....we realize that it is a bit costly to travel here and we think it is only fair for helpers to stay a minimum of 60 days or hopefully longer.

    When looking into travel....you would want to fly into Ketchikan, AK (airport code KTN). Most flights to Ketchikan pass through Seattle, WA (code SEA) first. Or check from Anchorage, AK (code ANC).
    From Ketchikan you will need to take a float plane out to our farm with Taquan Air (Less than an hour ride and figure costs about $170 US dollar, they also charge a dollar per pound after the first 40 pounds for luggage. Check online at Taquan Air for reservations).

    After we agree to your visit please send a copy of your confirmed flight itinerary. After we receive your travel itinerary we will reserve your time slot to stay with us.

    We realize things come up and plans change.....so please be up front with us so we can give someone else an opportunity to come experience a once in a lifetime adventure.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    25 hours maximum

Sam took this awesome picture of eagles on shore in front of our guest cabin. Sam has lots of great photos while staying with us.
Double Catch... .....Simmy caught this Black Sea Bass and pulled up a nice Ling Cod. The Ling Cod swallowed the bass whole and wouldn't let go! Another fun day fishing!
LeAnn and a sea otter
Workawayer's ....Lucas and Lee with a nice catch of Salmon...typical day of work fishing...I think they like it here helping us on the farm.
Wild blueberries.
Mama bear with 3 cubs.
Seals at farm sunning.
Lantern net with oysters.
Worlds best tasting oyster!
Nice days catch.
Orca
Humpback whale

























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