Welcome to Petersburg Fisheries

Petersburg FisheriesThank you for your interest in our web site and employment opportunities with us! If you are going to come to Alaska to work, choose an established seafood company with excellent Employee and Fisherman relations. That's us! We're Petersburg Fisheries, a division of Icicle Seafoods, Inc. We are the oldest operating seafood plant in Alaska. Our cannery has operated continuously since 1899.

Petersburg Fisheries is a land-based seafood processing plant with a workforce of over 500 people. Our products include Alaskan King crab, Snow crab, Dungeness crab, Halibut, Sablefish, Rockfish, Herring and Salmon. We ship our products fresh, frozen, or canned to markets worldwide.

In this web site, you will find information about Petersburg Fisheries and the Borough of Petersburg. We hope you find this site fun and informative and that you'll apply for work with us!

We will begin accepting applications for the 2018 salmon season in January!


WARNING! In recent years we have received many applications from individuals in foreign countries that unfortunately have been misled by others into believing that they can be employed in the USA with companies like ours. Please be informed that Petersburg Fisheries, a Division of Icicle Seafoods, Inc. does not sponsor workers and that it is very difficult, if not impossible, to obtain proper documentation that would allow foreign applicants to be legally employable in the USA.

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Work Availability

Throughout the year, work is available on a seasonal basis from mid-February through November. The greatest opportunity for work is during the salmon season. The salmon run begins in mid-June and ends in mid-October. However, the peak of the season is about 2 months long and goes between July and August.

Salmon seasons vary from year to year. How large or small the salmon run will be each year depends entirely upon the forces of nature. We have little control over how much fish comes in for processing. Therefore, the amount of work that we can provide depends upon how much fish we get! At the beginning and end of the season or during seasons with smaller runs, there may be days with little or no work. Since work availability is dependent on the amount of fish we receive, we cannot guarantee the number of hours employees will work each day. When there is no fish, there's no work.

On the other hand, when we have fish, we expect everyone to work all the hours available. During the peak of the season we may work 14 or more hours per day for 7 days a week. Several weeks may pass before there is a day off! Hours are more variable at the beginning and at the end of the season.

Summer Release Date

Petersburg Fisheries Summer Release Date is September 1st. In order to be considered for rehire the next season, employees must work through their shift on August 31st.

Because seasons vary from year to year, there are seasons when the Plant Manager may call the Summer Release Date earlier than the 1st of September, but the release date will never be later than September 1st.

To ensure that we have enough people to work through the peak of the salmon season, we will target our hiring upon those applicants who are available to work through their shift on August 31st.

Type of Work

Most of the work that we have is called "Sliming" or cleaning fish. This type of work involves removing the viscera (guts) and cutting off heads, fins, gills, or tail. That means there are lots of fish guts and fish blood in the work area. The environment can be wet and cold. Due to moving machinery it is noisy and hearing protection is required.

Seafood processing is physically demanding work that requires both strength and endurance. It's hard work! You need to ask yourself if you have the stamina to handle this type of work. You should be healthy and willing to work under these conditions. Be advised that this type of work involves strenuous as well as repetitive tasks. People with back or wrist problems should consider employment in another industry.

Not everyone is willing to do the physically demanding manual labor that is required to process fish. If you have any doubts at all, it is in your best interest not to apply for this type of work.

With all of this considered, we continue to have many employees returning to work with us year after year. We believe these are the following reasons! Petersburg Fisheries is a great work opportunity. Employees returning to work each summer do not have the burden of finding a summer job. This is a real benefit to college students. Returning employees return at the same wage level, so as their hours accumulate, so does the rate of pay (see Wage Schedule). Many employees make lifelong friendships at Petersburg Fisheries. We see many employees reaching their financial goals, whether it is to pay for a college degree, buy a new car or home, or to support their families, these are all possibilities at Petersburg Fisheries.


If the work is so hard, why would anyone choose to do it? Lot's of overtime hours! Because fish is a highly perishable product, it must be canned or frozen as quickly as possible to maintain the highest quality. This is why the seafood industry offers more overtime than most summer jobs.

Working overtime is how people earn more money in a shorter period of time. All hours worked in excess of 8 in one day are paid at the overtime rate of one and one half times the regular, straight-time hourly rate of pay. All hours worked in excess of 40 regular, straight-time hours in one week are also paid at the overtime rate.

The starting rate of pay for seafood processors is $10.25 per hour. As hours accumulate, the regular, straight-time hourly rate of pay increases according to the following schedule:

Accumulated Hours Regular Hourly Rate
0 - 1,200 10.25
1,201 - 1,800 10.50
1,801 - 3,600 10.75
3,601 - 10,000 11.00
10,001+ 11.75

Employees who work until the release date retain accumulated hours and their pay rate when they return the following season. To be released, they must work through the end of their shift on September 1st.


Petersburg Fisheries Division of Icicle Seafoods, Inc. offers health and life insurance to qualifying employees, as well as a 401k plan for retirement savings. Complete details will be available during our orientation process.

The health insurance includes medical, dental, and vision care coverage for qualifying employees. Employees who quit before the season is over, or before they are released, do not qualify for health insurance.

We also provide the work gear that is needed such as rubber boots, rubber gloves, waterproof rain pants and jackets, earplugs and other personal protective equipment. Hairnets and beard nets are also provided.


This year as an incentive for seafood processors to work through the salmon season, Petersburg Fisheries will offer up to a maximum of $500.00 to help offset your cost of travel to Petersburg. To qualify you MUST arrive in Petersburg between June 1st and August 1st, successfully complete the season (September 1st), and provide your travel receipt by August 15th. Note: Only passenger fares qualify. Fares for vehicles coming on the ferry or excess baggage are not included.

Petersburg Fisheries is offering a recruitment incentive. For returning employees a bonus payment of $250.00 will be made to an eligible employee for each of the first 10 successful referrals within a calendar year.

New employees, who refer qualified candidates, will be compensated for the first four (4) successful referrals (up to $1,000) following completion of their initial employment term. Thereafter, as a returning employee, they may receive bonuses for up to ten qualified referrals per calendar year. A referred candidate must meet all qualifications for employment to become hired and must remain employed for the full duration of the employment term (including transfers, if applicable). Also, to qualify, the people you recruit must put your name on their application (in the referred by box), and they must successfully complete the season. All received applications are final.

We also try to show our appreciation for a job-well done! In the past we have staged fun events and drawings with great prizes. Also, after the release date we have a great send-off with a themed "End-of-Season Party"! So, get your application in as soon as possible and come join the work, fun and rewards at Petersburg Fisheries, a true Alaskan adventure in the beautiful heart of S.E. Alaska.

Employees who work until the summer release date retain accumulated hours and their pay-rate when they return the following season.

We encourage people to return each year and are proud of those who have achieved their financial goals by working with us for several successive seasons.

We are expecting a larger than usual number of returning employees this season. So, secure your spot on the Petersburg Fisheries Team by applying today!


During the orientation, we provide information about Petersburg Fisheries and your role as part of our seafood processing team. You will be issued an Employee Handbook and you will read about our Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP�s) and General Work Rules. There will be a tour of the plant. You will be issued work gear from the Stockroom, and lockers will be assigned to keep your gear in. The orientation process takes about 3 hours.

During the safety portion of the orientation, you will find out about our safety rules. You will be instructed in how to identify and report hazards. You will learn how to take proper precautions in the workplace and how to wear personal protective equipment. We will cover what to do in case of an emergency, and you will learn about Safety Incentive Programs.

Your supervisor and lead person will train you on the job in the actual skills that you will need for the work you are assigned to.

Quality on the Job

Petersburg Fisheries is a food processing facility. We want to put out the best product possible. We want all employees to be aware that the fish that we process will become someone's meal.

During orientation and on the job, employees will learn how to properly handle seafood to preserve freshness and quality and to prevent contamination. The Good Manufacturing Practices or "GMPs" include rules for personal hygiene (keeping yourself and your clothing clean). They also cover rules for sanitation such as disinfecting your gloves, boots, and gear before going into the processing area. And, they include rules for preventing the product from becoming contaminated (such as by wearing hairnets, and not chewing gum, eating drinking, smoking, or wearing jewelry while processing seafood).

We are proud of the fact that Petersburg Fisheries has an excellent reputation for high quality seafood products. We want to maintain that reputation. That is why we insist that everyone strictly follow the Good Manufacturing Practices.

Safety on the Job

Petersburg Fisheries strives to provide a safe and healthful workplace for all employees. We are proud of our safety record! We have developed policies, rules and safe operating procedures as part of our Accident Prevention Program. We expect everyone to follow these policies and take an active role in preventing accidents in the workplace.

Good Manufacturing Practices

There is no jewelry of any kind allowed in processing areas. This includes facial piercings. If you have piercings you may want to remove them before coming to work in Petersburg.

A Word About Drugs and Alcohol on the Job

Petersburg Fisheries takes a firm stance against the use of alcohol or drugs in the workplace. The use, possession, trafficking, or being under the influence of alcohol or drugs (controlled substances, marijuana, and non-current prescription, or mind altering substances) is forbidden on Company owned, leased or controlled property. This includes all areas of the plant, Company vehicles and Company housing.

Petersburg Fisheries reserves the right to initiate testing or searches without prior notice. Disciplinary action may result in immediate discharge without prior warning.

Documents Needed to be Hired

As the final step in the hiring process, applicants must provide us with documentation that verifies eligibility to work in the United States and their identity. For a complete list of acceptable documents, please refer to Form I-9 (Requires Adobe Reader). You may also obtain a copy of this form at your local state employment office.

At the time of orientation, these documents must be furnished and Form I-9 must be completed. The documents you provide must be the original document or a certified copy. They must be valid. Since we must physically examine your documents, if you cannot provide legally acceptable documentation, we cannot hire you! Be aware that the INS comes through and periodically checks all documentation.

When hired, an applicant may provide a single document, which verifies both employment eligibility and identity. See LIST A on Form I-9. Otherwise, two documents must be provided. One document must verify identity. See LIST B. The other document must verify employment eligibility. See LIST C.

An applicant must be legally eligible to work in the united States! Icicle Seafoods does not sponsor applicants for work authorization.

LIST A: Documentation that Establish both Identity and Employment Eligibility

U.S. Passport (unexpired or expired); Permanent Resident Card or Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-551). An unexpired foreign passport with a temporary I-551 stamp. An unexpired Employment Authorization Document that contains a photograph (Form I-766, I-688, I-688A, I-688B). An unexpired foreign passport with an unexpired Arrival-Departure Record, Form I-94, bearing the same name as the passport and containing an endorsement of the alien�s nonimmigrant status, if that status authorizes the alien to work for the employer.

If you don't have a document from LIST A, you must provide one document from LIST B and one document from LIST C.

LIST B: Documents that Establish Identity

Driver's license or ID card issued by state or outlying possession of the United States provided it contains a photograph or information such as name, date of birth, sex, height, eye color, and address; ID card issued by federal, state or local government agencies or entities provided it contains a photograph or information such as name, date of birth, sex, height, eye color, and address; School ID card with a photograph; Voters Registration card; U.S. Military card or draft record; Military dependent's ID card; U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner card; Native American tribal document; Driver's license issued by a Canadian government authority. For persons under the age 18 who are unable to present a document listed above: School record or Report card; Clinic, Doctor or hospital record; Day-care or Nursery school record.

LIST C: Documents that Establish Employment Eligibility

U.S. social security card issued by the Social Security Administration (other than a card stating it is not valid for employment); Certification of Birth Abroad issued by the Department of State (Form FS-545 or Form DS-1350); Original or certified copy of birth certificate issued by a state, county, municipal authority or outlying possession of the United States bearing an official seal; Native American tribal document; U.S.Citizen ID Card (INS Form I-197); ID Card for use of Resident Citizen in the United States (INS Form I-179); Unexpired employment authorization document issued by the INS (other than those listed under LIST A.)

Traveling to Petersburg

Individuals are responsible for their own travel arrangements and transportation costs to Petersburg. The point of hire is Petersburg, Alaska. If hired, you will be met by our bunkhouse head resident upon arrival in Petersburg and given a ride to the plant from the ferry terminal or the airport. Petersburg also has taxi cabs which you can take if no ride is available, at your own expense.

Petersburg, Alaska has a population of around 3,500, is situated on a remote island in the southeast portion of Alaska. The only access is by plane or boat. Travel to Petersburg can be very expensive, and seating is limited. We recommend shopping around (internet, travel agencies, etc.) for the best price and making your reservations as soon as possible.

Viking Travel in Petersburg can be very helpful with arranging your travel needs. They can be reached at 1-800-327-2571 Monday- Saturday 9 am to 4:30 pm. Please keep in mind that Petersburg is one hour behind Pacific Standard Time.

Since fishing seasons are unpredictable, it is best to purchase an open or changeable return date. Alaska Airlines provides daily jet service. You can reach them at (800) 426-0333 or www.alaskaair.com. There is one northbound and one southbound flight daily

Petersburg also has ferry service provided by the Alaska Marine Highway System. They can be reached at (800) 642-0066 or www.alaska.gov/ferry

For more information about Petersburg contact the Chamber of Commerce at ( 907) 772-3636.


Petersburg Fisheries has housing facilities for seasonal employees at no charge. Employees are housed in several different buildings called "bunkhouses." Gender segregated (strictly enforced) rooms are shared by 4 to 16 people. You must be 18 years of age to stay in our housing facility. There is a safe provided to put your valuables in if needed, and we highly recommend using it.

We have a TV room with a big screen TV, a recreation room with ping pong tables, foos ball, a shuffle board table, and six computers for your use. (There is wireless access in the bunkhouse)

Petersburg Fisheries also has a dining hall called "The Cookhouse". Meals are cafeteria-style and are available to all employees. The charge per meal is $3.50 plus 6% sales tax for all you can eat. Several restaurants and grocery stores are located near the plant. Because of the large workforce we are unfortunately not able to provide vegetarian meals. However, the selection should be enough to satisfy most people.

How to Apply

To apply prior to the season, apply on our web site. Completely fill out the on-line application and submit it to us. We will contact you by phone for an interview.

After the interview, we check work references and criminal convictions through the court system. These checks can take time, anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Positions will be filled by the best qualified applicants.

Successful applicants will be sent a letter scheduling a date and time for them to report for orientation at our plant. The point of hire is Petersburg Alaska. Individuals who do not confirm their plans by the deadline specified in their letters will lose their position and will not be considered for employment.

To ensure that we are adequately staffed through the peak of the season, we will target our hiring to those individuals who are able to work until at least September 1st.

What to Bring

What to bring: Due to limited space, bring only a soft, foldable suitcase or duffle bag. Bring clothes that can be layered and work clothes that you don�t mind getting fishy smelling: T-shirts, flannel shirts, sweatshirts, sweaters, a light to medium jacket, and thermal underwear. Lots of wool or cotton socks are a must (dry feet are happy feet!). Bring sweatpants if you like to work or hang out in them and a ball cap or other hat that you can wear at work. Remind yourself as you pack the Petersburg climate is damp! Other items you should pack are toiletries such as deodorant, shampoo, soap, and toothpaste, and towels. Housing residents must provide their own bath towels. Do not forget a battery operated alarm clock so you can be on time for your shift! All of these items may be found in the local stores but may be more expensive. All gear for assigned tasks is provided by Petersburg Fisheries. Oh, and don�t forget to bring a pair of shorts and sun glasses just in case the elusive Southeast Alaska sun should come out!

The following items are not necessities, but ones that will make you more comfortable: Your favorite comfy pillow, a favorite blanket, flip flops, and a lightweight robe to wear to and from the shower, and a Headset for listening to music in your bunk.

On a last note: Be sure to have enough cash to last 3 weeks for your own personal items until you receive your first paycheck.

Final Note

Whichever seafood company you decide to work with, we recommend that you do not come to Alaska without a round-trip ticket and enough money for personal living expenses for at least 3 weeks. Most seafood companies--including ours--do not offer draws or payroll advances.

Be sure you have the legally acceptable documentation for Form I-9 to prove you are authorized to work in the United States and to verify your identity before you leave for Alaska. Don't leave home without them! No one can hire you without the appropriate documentation. Be aware that anyone misrepresenting himself or herself during a telephone interview will not be hired upon arrival in Petersburg.

Expect all the hard work and discomfort that sliming fish entails. Expect work hours to vary from a few to 14 or more per day, 7 days a week.

Remember: No fish, no work. Lots of fish, lots of work.

NOTE: All prizes , prize money, and referral money will only be awarded to those individuals that remain in good standing at the close of their employment at Petersburg Fisheries. All prize awards are not made final until that time.

Over the past 30 years we have had only four poor fishing/canning years. The rest have been extremely busy. However, if you can�t afford to take the financial risk of working where we depend upon wild salmon that are unpredictable and may not show up, then you should choose another industry.

Finally, we hope you choose to work with Petersburg Fisheries because we believe we have the best program to offer.

Petersburg Fisheries is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We endeavor at all times to fill available openings with the best qualified applicants regardless of race, sex, marital status, religion, pregnancy, age, national origin, color or handicap which does not impair the ability to do the job.

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