Processors Eager to Hire via Anchorage Job Center

Seafood processors eager to hire workers for the busy upcoming harvesting season are hoping to meet their quotas in part through the state of Alaska’s midtown job center in Anchorage.

Representatives from the At-Sea Processors Association will be on-site tomorrow, April 26, to hire workers for two to three months on board catcher/processors owned by American Seafoods, Trident Seafoods and Arctic Storm. The jobs, beginning in May and June, average 16 hours a day, seven days a week, and pay is by percentage of the catch or case rate, depending on the company.

The companies require those hired to speak and understand English, and pass a health, drug screen and criminal background check. All applicants must also attend one of the job center’s seafood orientation sessions, which are held every weekday at 9 a.m. Pre-registration in ALEXsys at is required, along with US Form I-9 identification.

At-Sea Processors is just the latest of a number of processors working with the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development to fill jobs with Alaska residents. Trident is also posting job opportunities for its facilities in the Aleutian Islands, Bristol Bay, Valdez and Kodiak for work running through October, for $10.58 an hour, with no experience required. Peter Pan Seafoods will be at the job center May 1 and May 18, offering $10.58 an hour as well, for seasonal processing jobs in Dillingham and Valdez.

Representatives of Alaska Glacier Seafoods, in Juneau, will be hiring May 9–10, and
Copper River Seafoods will be hiring for its processing plants in Anchorage, Togiak, Kenai, Cordova, Kotzebue and Naknek on May 22.

Most major companies provide competitive wages, gear and supplies, plus room and board on condition that the worker complete the contract. Some require applicants to pass health and drug tests. For specifics on requirements and benefits of different companies, contact the job center at 1-800-473-0688.