June 01, 2006
"Seasonal jobs are in strong supply right now," said Greg O'Claray, Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development. "Young people are especially encouraged to apply, as these jobs offer an opportunity to earn money quickly while building a work history, as well as travel and see Alaska."
Age requirements for these jobs vary. Prior experience is often not required for entry level processing jobs. 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 are often overtime opportunities, depending upon the harvest level.
The Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development supports a Traveling Seafood Workforce program which helps relocate workers from earlier Bristol Bay salmon runs to new processing locations. 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 Alaska Job Centers or call toll free in Alaska 1-800-473-0688. Seafood job descriptions and application information are also available by going to www.jobs.state.ak.us and clicking on Seafood Jobs in the Quick Links menu.
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