Working For NPS
Working for North Pacific Seafoods
Employment at North Pacific Seafoods
Thank you for your interest in employment with North Pacific Seafoods. We own and operate shore-based seafood processing plants at five locations in Alaska, and employ a large number of both seasonal and longer term workers each year. As a company, we process frozen, fresh and canned salmon, halibut, pollock, cod, blackcod, rockfish, herring, salmon roe (sujiko), salmon caviar (ikura), crab, and various species of flatfish and specialty products.
The products that are produced at each facility will vary based on the local seafood resource. Please review the pages on our plants for more information on the specific products processed at each.

Alaska is often referred to as "The Last Frontier." The scenery is beautiful, the life is informal, and the distances are vast. In fact, traveling from our plant in Sitka to our plant in Togiak is the same distance as traveling from the east coast to the west coast in the continental United States. Coming to Alaska to work can be a tremendous experience, with the potential for good workers to make good money, but it is not for everybody. To be sure working in Alaska is the right experience for you, please carefully review the employment information and explore our web site about our locations and the Alaska seafood industry.

Nature of Work
Employees must be versatile and willing to perform various tasks that are involved with the processing of fish, including off-loading, cleaning, freezing, packaging, warehousing and shipping. All work tasks require physical stamina. Working conditions depend upon the tasks assigned. They could be noisy where machines are operating, wet where fish are being cleaned, and cold where fish are being frozen and packaged, or all of the above.

The work is repetitive due to the volumes of fish and the mechanization of the process. Most tasks involve working long hours while standing at a workstation. Periodically, workers rotate from one workstation to another to give everyone some variety. Workers need to get along well with other people, follow directions, and abide by safety and health rules.  We are processing food for human consumption, and follow strict regulations for processing and cleanliness, including personal hygiene for each employee.

Hours of Work
The length of the workday varies depending on the availability of fish. Employees should be prepared to work up to 16 hour days, and should be aware there could be days with little or no work. The Alaska fisheries are highly regulated to provide a sustainable resource for the future years. Based on the strength of the fish resource, fishing may be limited to certain days and at certain hours, or fishing could be open for days at a time. Fish processing operates when fish are available and suspends operations when no fish are being harvested. During the peak of the season, plants could operate 24 hours a day and seven days a week. This may go on for several weeks without a day off.

Wages
All process workers are paid on an hourly wage basis. North Pacific Seafood pays straight time and overtime as required by state and federal regulations. The hourly rates will vary based on experience and job classification and could vary based on location. Overtime rate is one and one half (1.5) times the straight time rate on all hours over 8 hours per day and 40 hours per week. Any employee who works over 1,250 straight time hours is eligible for benefits.

Hiring Dates

Plant Season
(all dates approximate)
Hiring Dates
Sitka The plant has the most need for seasonal employees beginning June 15th.   January
Kodiak Year-round
During the summer peak season, the plant has need for seasonal employees beginning July 1st.
January
Generally in June for seasonal summer employment.
Pederson Point Herring: first two weeks of May
Salmon: June 10 to the end of July

Employees are laid off after the short herring season but may return for the salmon season if they are eligible for rehire. We are interested in applicants who are available for the full employment term for either or both seasons.
April 
June
Red Salmon Herring: first two weeks of May
Salmon: June 10 to the end of July

Employees are laid off after the short herring season but may return for the salmon season if they are eligible for rehire. We are interested in applicants who are available for the full employment term for either or both seasons.
April 
June
Togiak Herring: first two weeks of May
Salmon: June 10 to the end of July

Employees are laid off after the short herring season but may return for the salmon season if they are eligible for rehire. We are interested in applicants who are available for the full employment term for either or both seasons.
April 
June

Room and Board
Worker accommodations vary from plant to plant. At most of our facilities, North Pacific Seafoods provides dormitory-type bunkhouses, beds, and linens. Most workers share a room with one to four other people. Bathrooms facilities are shared among same sex workers living in a bunkhouse. There are no facilities for married workers, children, or pets. At some locations, meals are furnished in a mess hall. Room and Board charges may apply at some locations.  Please see each plant location for specific information for that plant.

Some of our plants have a small "company store" that carries an assortment of items, such as snacks and sundries. In addition, there are pay telephones available for outgoing calls. See the individual plant pages for more information about specific amenities at each plant.

Transportation
Please see each plant location for specific information for that plant.

What to Bring with You
Employees should bring clothing that is appropriate for cold climates. As the weather can change dramatically in a day, bring clothing that is easily layered. Suggested clothing would include jeans, tee shirts, sweat shirts, sweat pants, thermal underwear, a warm jacket, wool socks, comfortable waterproof work boots, and warm hats. For most jobs, rain gear is also required and is available for purchase. Workers should bring several changes of clothes and lots of warm socks. Clothing takes a lot of abuse in a seafood plant, so bring things that you are not worried about ruining. There are employee laundry facilities at our plants. Depending on the work assignment, North Pacific Seafoods will provide work and safety clothing, such as rubber gloves, liners, aprons, hair nets, beard nets, and ear protection.

All workers should bring their own personal hygiene items and a battery-operated or wind-up alarm clock. Please also bring prescription medicines should you need them, as many of our facilities are located in remote areas without access to a pharmacy. Personal storage space is limited; therefore, it is recommended to use a duffel bag or other type of collapsible luggage. Bringing valuables items such as jewelry or expensive radio, audio, or video items is at the worker's own risk and is discouraged due to the limited security. Weapons, explosive items, knives, illegal drugs, and controlled substances are prohibited.

Worker Documentation
Federal regulations require all employees to provide documents that prove their identity and eligibility to work in the United States. Applicants must provide original documents at the time of hire; photocopies are not acceptable. State of Alaska laws require that a person be 18 years of age or older to work around hazardous equipment.

Medical and Dental Care
It is imperative that all workers attend to any medical and or dental problems before arriving at a North Pacific Seafoods production facility. Some of North Pacific Seafoods’ production locations are remote sites and medical and dental facilities are not readily available.

Equal Opportunity Employment
North Pacific Seafoods provides equal employment opportunity to qualified persons and reaffirms its commitment that there shall be no discrimination, including harassment, against applicants or employees because of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, age in accordance with applicable law, physical or mental disability unrelated to the ability to perform a job, or status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam Era.  North Pacific Seafoods will continue to take all personnel actions, including recruitment, hiring, promotions, provision of benefits, discipline, including demotion and terminations, layoffs, recalls from layoffs, compensation and selection for training, in a non-discriminatory manner in accordance with applicable law.

No Tolerances
North Pacific Seafoods has a Drug and Alcohol Use Policy strictly prohibiting the use, sale, or illegal possession of a controlled substance or drug not medically authorized. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon verification by a drug screening test. If administered the pre-employment drug test will be at the expense of North Pacific Seafoods. It is also the policy of North Pacific Seafoods that sexual harassment or harassment of any kind is unacceptable in the workplace. Violations to these policies are grounds for immediate dismissal. If terminated for just cause, the employee will be responsible for travel expenses. 

Summary
We have attempted to provide a realistic view of the seasonal employment in our Alaska production facilities. In normal years, good seasonal workers can receive considerable overtime hours resulting in good wages. This has been attractive to college students and others that have limited time for employment. If you would like to apply for employment, please review the rest of our web site and complete our application form.

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