Fish Processor Job in Alaska
- Operate conveyor systems to move fish through the factory.
- Learn and identify fish species.
- Sort fish as instructed.
- Run machinery to remove heads and guts from fish.
- Fill pans with fish as directed.
- Push, pull and lift pans onto and off conveyors and into/out of plate freezers.
- Operate plate freezer systems as directed.
- Remove frozen fish from pans.
- Bag, label, and stack bags of frozen fish in the freezer hold.
- Perform offload by stacking frozen fish onto pallets or cargo slings.
- Clean factory and machinery as directed.
Have Ready for the Application:
Names & phone numbers of previous supervisors
List a minimum of three years of work experience
Explanation of any gaps in employment
Summary of previous job duties
Contracts are 75 days long. Fish processors work at least 16.5 hours per day, 7 days per week. Work hours may be extended during offload or backload which may result in uneven shifts and sleep patterns.
While performing the duties of this job, fish processors are exposed to various species of fish; wet, humid, and freezing conditions; moving machinery and conveyors. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud. Fish processors work onboard a vessel in the ocean which by nature produces varying degrees of motion in the factory.
Materials, Tools, Equipment and Work Aids
Fish processing equipment such as headers, movable and stationary conveyor systems, knives, hoists, pressure washers, cleaning chemicals, shovels, buckets, baskets, and aluminum pans.
Protective Clothing and Equipment
Protective clothing and equipment that is used consistently: rain gear (pants and sleeves), gloves, rubber boots, noise suppression devices, and used as required: hardhat, safety goggles, fire extinguisher, respirator, life preserver and survival suit.
No minimum requirements for education.
Fish Processors Must Be Able To:
- Understand and follow instructions, directions, safety rules and procedures in English.
- Board and exit the vessel by gangplank or Jacob’s ladder without assistance.
- Board or exit a skiff without assistance in all weather conditions.
Ascend and descend steep stairways and ladders in all temperatures.
- Work at least 16 ½ hours per day, 7 days per week for the duration of the contract.
- Perform repetitive tasks for extended periods of time.
- Work long hours in all kinds of weather.
- Lift and carry weight in excess of 50 pounds repeatedly.
- Work in a cold and wet environment.
- Don life jacket, life vest and/or survival suit without assistance.
- Live and work with others in close quarters.
- Be away from medical care and supervision for 3+ months at a time.
- Share crew quarters, bathroom facilities, and common dining areas with other crew members.
- Must be able to pass pre-employment and random drug tests per USCG regulations.