Recruiting for More Than 1,400 Seafood Workers Begins Now

Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2006

(Juneau) -State labor officials are encouraging both experienced and entry-level seafood processing workers to apply now at an Alaska Job Center to begin filling more than 1,400 processing jobs for Alaska's 2006 commercial seafood season.

"The season is almost here and it's important for workers to contact job recruiters soon," said Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Greg O'Claray. "These seasonal jobs are an excellent opportunity for seafood processing workers to earn money quickly and continue to move up the career ladder."

Major openings include 270 processing positions for the two-week Bristol Bay herring season in May in Naknek with Yardarm Knot Fisheries, Togiak Fisheries, Pedersen Point and Baywatch. Additional processing jobs for work beginning in May and June include 50 positions at Westward Seafoods in Dutch Harbor, and 20 openings with Norquest Seafoods on floating processors.

Openings also exist for more technical positions including quality control technicians, cooks, production managers, refrigeration mechanics/engineers and electricians. Additional processing job openings are expected and will be announced as the season continues. Large salmon season recruitments for seafood workers will begin in May.

Several companies are accepting faxed applications statewide and will interview by telephone with verifiable references.

To apply for current seafood job openings:

• Contact the Alaska Job Center Network, at 269-4775 in Anchorage, or toll free statewide at 1-800-473-0688.

• Visit the Alaska Job Center Network online at and click on "Seafood Jobs."

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