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Frequently Asked Questions For Our Seafood Processor Positions


» What are the requirements to work for Trident Seafoods?
» What are the work conditions like in Alaska?
» Why should I work for Trident Seafoods?
» When is the work available?
» How long are your employment agreements?
» What is the pay scale for a seafood processor?
» What are the living accommodations like?
» How do I find directions to the Seattle location where I will sign my contract?
» How do I find directions to the Tacoma location where I will sign my contract?
» What should I take with me (packing list)?

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What are the requirements to work for Trident Seafoods?

In order to work for Trident, you must:
Be 18 years old.
Have valid permission to work in the U.S.
For safety purposes, basic English proficiency is often required for jobs within the seafood industry.
Be able to attend an orientation and interview in person (having an interview is not a guarantee of employment.)
Be able to pass a pre-employment drug screen and successfully complete post offer health questionnaire.
Be able to pass a reference check.
Be able to satisfy the length of your employment agreement.
Be tolerant and have the ability to get along with others.
Have a good work ethic and a positive attitude.
Be able to abstain from alcohol and drugs for the duration of your employment agreement.
Be able to pass a criminal background check.

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What are the work conditions like in Alaska?

The work of processing seafood is physically demanding, cold, wet, and repetitive. Generally, you can expect the weather in Alaska to be miserable most of the time. Processing is hard work and is definitely not for everyone. You must ask yourself “Am I able to work 12-18 hours per day, every day, without a day off?” Some people do not have the stamina or desire to work such long, arduous hours, and that is okay. Seafood processing is simply not the job for you! If you decide you would like to work for Trident Seafoods, please remember that there are no guaranteed hours! When fish are available, you will be required to be ready and willing to work as directed. Also, living conditions can be cramped and bathroom facilities must be shared with others. Mail delivery varies depending on the weather and can be very erratic.

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Why should I work for Trident Seafoods?

Working as a seafood processor can be very challenging but it does have its benefits. Although there are no guaranteed hours, there is usually an opportunity to work many hours of overtime. Because there is nowhere to spend your money in these remote areas of Alaska, you will be able to bring home virtually all of the money that you earned. Many people enjoy the seasonal nature of the work and look forward to working for several months with one to two months of vacation in between contracts. Another reason to work for Trident is that we strive to promote from within and are very proud of the opportunities we have for advancement within the organization. Trident pays for the transportation from Seattle to Alaska and back (assuming you complete your agreement. If not, you are responsible for your own return airfare.) Trident also pays a significant portion of your room and board if you complete your agreement. 

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When is the work available?

Trident processes many different species of seafood. Therefore, we have employment opportunities available during most times of the year. For our winter season (cod, pollock, & crab) hiring occurs October through December, for work that will begin in late December/early January. We are also busy in the summer herring/salmon season and begin recruiting in late April through early June, for work that will begin in June. We usually continue hiring through June and July for the pollock season that usually begins in July and ends in October.

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How long are your employment agreements?

Employment lengths vary from season to season, but can be as short as six weeks or last as long as six months. If you are interviewed, you will be able to discuss what length contract works best for you.

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What is the pay scale for a seafood processor?

The wages vary depending on whether you work on a vessel or at a shore plant. For vessels, it depends upon the type of vessel in which you will be employed (some vessels pay an hourly rate with bonus, some pay based upon a case-rate system.) Our Seafood Processors in Alaska earn $7.75 per hour straight time and $11.63 for overtime. Please speak with a Trident Seafoods Human Resources representative for more information on the pay rates at the various locations.

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What are the accomodations like?

Our facilities are clean and well maintained, but they are simple; they provide bunk beds and a small amount of personal storage space. At our shore plants we offer dormitory style bunkhouses. Rooms are typically shared between 2-6 people. Bathroom facilities are also shared. On our vessels, employees share small staterooms with typically 2-6 people in each room. Bathroom facilities are shared. Whether you are at a shore plant or on a vessel, you need to be able to work and live in close proximity to many other people from different cultures. This requires the ability to get along well with others, to live and work respectfully with all of your co-workers.

Meals are served cafeteria style in our Galleys. Seafood Processors who work at our shore locations or on our floating processing vessels pay $15.00 per day for room and board for each day that they work at least 8 hours. Employees do not pay for Room and Board on days where they work less than 8 hours. Employees who complete their employment agreement are reimbursed $10 per day for each day that they paid for Room and Board, making their final cost only $5 per day. Employees who do not finish their employee agreements do not receive a reimbursement for Room and Board.

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