Seasonal Employment

Working in Our Alaska Seafood Processing Plants

Thank you for your interest in working for E&E Foods, Inc. in one of our Alaska based processing plants. Each plant has a unique catch season based on its location. We produce headed and gutted salmon, salmon fillets and Sujiko salmon roe during Alaska's summer months, and halibut and black cod in the fall and winter. Employment may be for one or more of the seasons. We want your employment with E&E Foods, Inc. to be safe, enjoyable and successful, so please read through the below so as to understand our expectations of employees.

Requirements:
All prospective employees must be at least 18 years old and may be required to complete a physical exam and drug test at a company appointed facility; these costs will be paid by the company. Very Important: We only hire lawful U.S. citizens and non-citizens with valid work authorizations. You must bring your identification with you proving you are eligible to work in the U.S. Failure to produce appropriate documentation may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.

Nature of Work:
Seafood processors perform a variety of tasks that can include anything from sorting, cutting and cleaning, grading, packing salmon roe to cleanup. Most of the work is repetitive and tedious. Some work can be very strenuous such as stacking 50 lb cases of frozen product, pushing freezer racks or carts of canned salmon or handling halibut in excess of 100 lbs! Working conditions vary with the assignment, but are generally wet, cold and noisy. Working in a processing plant is not an experience for everyone, and everyone should understand their limitations. If you have any doubts at all, it is in your best interest not to apply for this type of work. People with back or wrist problems should consider employment in another industry. 

It is important that you understand the work environment and expectations. Please watch this orientation video for further details:
Alaska Job Center Network Processing Video.

Work Hours:
The daily work schedule is entirely dependent upon the size and timing of the fish run, which is difficult to predict. During the peak seasons a typical work week may be seven days per week and as many as 16 hours per day, but there may also be days where there is little or no work. Employees must be ready and able to work all hours assigned. Meal periods and breaks must be taken as scheduled. Payroll schedules will vary by plant/location. Please check with your supervisor with questions regarding the pay schedule.

Wages:
Wages are based on Alaska state minimum wage rate or higher. All hours worked in excess of eight per day or forty straight time hours in a week are paid overtime which is one-and-one-half times the contracted wage rate. Paydays are bi-weekly or monthly depending on the plant. One advantage to seasonal work in seafood processing plants is that there are very few or no places to spend your money in these remote areas of Alaska so you will be able to take home virtually all of the money earned.

What to Bring:
The space is limited. Bring a soft sided suitcase or duffel bag. Clothing should be appropriate for a wet, cold climate. Bring clothes that can be layered and work clothes that can become dirty in the course of work. Bring a hat of some kind. Lots of wool or cotton socks help keep your feet dry and warm. Flannel shirts, sweat shirts, sweaters and light to medium jacket and thermal underwear help. Bring your own toiletries and a battery operated alarm clock. Do not bring any valuables; E&E Foods will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items.

Gear:
If required, raingear and boots are provided at no charge, but must be returned at the end of the season. Any required safety equipment including gloves, hair nets and ear protection will be provided.

Room and Board:
Room and board is provided for free or for a nominal charge depending on location. At all locations, rooms are multi-occupancy and accommodations for married couples or co-ed housing are limited or not available. Meals are provided in a company Mess Hall. Laundry facilities are available at each location. Bedding and towels are provided.

Transportation:
We provide transportation from Seattle for employees from the lower 48 states. For Alaskan employees transportation is provided from their hometown in most cases. Commercial airlines are used. Airfare is paid by the respective plant, and after completing a season in good standing, return airfare is also paid.

Zero Tolerance:
Possession of firearms, fireworks, explosives, weapons of any kind and replicas or facsimiles thereof is prohibited on company property. Use of alcohol and/or illegal drugs on company premises (including company bunkhouse and Mess Hall) is expressly prohibited and constitutes grounds for immediate dismissal. The sale of any such items on company property or during work time is strictly prohibited and will result in immediate termination and possible prosecution.

All employees, including supervisors, seasonal and temporary employees, shall be treated with courtesy and respect at all times. Employees are expected to refrain from fighting, "horseplay", or other conduct which may be dangerous to others. Conduct that harasses, threatens, injures, intimidates or coerces other employees, customers or anyone else at any time, including non-working hours, will not be tolerated and may result in dismissal.

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