What It Means to be a Seafood Processor


Work Environment

Although Alaska is a beautiful place, the work that comes with the seafood industry requires diligence and perseverance. The jobs are physically demanding. Working conditions can often be cold and wet. Therefore, the floors will be wet and slippery. Due to all the running machinery in the plant, it may often be very noisy. Additionally, team members may be required to stand for long periods of time, up to 18 hours or possibly more.

Season Contract Term

This salmon fishery, known as "Area E," ranges from mid-May to mid-September. However, the season depends on the fish returns and decisions made by the Alaska Department of Fish & Game. Arrival dates will be announced by your hiring managers and the season end date is set by management as it gets closer to the end of the season. 

Important Industry Disclaimer

***While we strive to provide our employees with full work schedules, nothing is guaranteed as this industry is dependent on fish returns and weather. This industry depends on Mother Nature, but Mother Nature is often unpredictable. It must be understood that no hours are guaranteed.***

Job Requirements & Responsibilities

The responsibilities, expectations, and duties as a Seafood Processor are as followed:

  • Main duties may include: sorting, cutting, gutting/cleaning, filleting, grading, weighing, and packaging of salmon products

  • Handle all salmon products with care 

  • Operate machinery and/or guide products into automated machinery

  • Operate machinery and/or transportation vehicles safely 

  • Cleaning and sanitizing the plant or dock

  • Maintain a clean and sanitary work area

  • Work to maintain the highest possible quality of all products

  • Adhere to all sanitation and product quality policies

  • Communicate quality and safety issues to supervisors and leads

  • Maintain plant safety at all times

  • Handling/shoveling Ice

  • Dock work such as offloading tenders and/or fishermen vessels

  • Follow spoken and/or written directions

  • Adhere to workplace rules

  • Perform other duties, as assigned

  • You may be rearranged for certain tasks/jobs