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Seafood Workers Needed
Companies Need 1000+ Salmon Processors


June 02, 2005

Ketchikan, Alaska - Salmon processing companies want to hire Alaskans immediately to fillet, can, freeze and prepare Alaskan wild salmon for worldwide markets. "This is an opportune time to work at a seasonal job. Young people are especially encouraged to apply, as these jobs offer an opportunity to earn money quickly while building a work history," said Greg O'Claray, Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development.

Locations of seafood job openings:

Bristol Bay Floating Processors 100
Hoonah 5
Naknek 150
Bethel 25
Juneau 30
Petersburg 50
Cordova 400
Kenai 10
Seward 61
Haines 15
Ketchikan 60
Sitka 20
Homer 20
Kodiak 70
Togiak 50

At the Anchorage Job Center Midtown at 3301 Eagle Street, seafood recruiters Lisa Good and Nelson San Juan report that seafood company hiring managers are now busy calling to fill hundreds of jobs in places like King Cove, Pedersen Point, Togiak, Naknek, Egegik, Cordova and on floating processing vessels in Bristol Bay.

The minimum age policy for jobs with many seafood processing companies is 18 at locations where workers are housed in bunkhouses. Some exceptions allow hiring applicants who are 16 or 17 if they have their own housing and are not required to work with knives or machinery.

Typical starting pay is $7.15/hour plus overtime at $10.72/hour. In some cases processors provide room and board for workers and will advance the cost of transportation or provide it depending upon completion of contract and the location of the work site. There is often an opportunity to work overtime, depending upon the harvest level.

Often times, workers hired for the earlier salmon runs in Bristol Bay would like to relocate to other processing locations when their initial contracts are completed. The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development supports a Traveling Seafood Workforce Program. An employment specialist will be in Naknek July 5-9 to help with these job relocations.

The heavy demand for workers will continue into August as additional runs and salmon are processed around the state.

Information on seafood processing jobs is available at all Alaska Job Centers or call toll free in Alaska at 1-800-473-0688. Seafood jobs information is also available on Alaska's Job Bank at:

As of the end of May, there were 15 locations with 1066 job openings seafood processing companies hope to fill quickly.


Source of News:

Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development
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