Alaska General Seafoods - Naknek

Deadliest Catch fans might recognize this vessel - Brenna A is an AGS tender during salmon season! How neat is that?

The Land of the Midnight Sun!

AGS is a socially responsible seafood processing company processing fresh, wild, sustainably caught Alaskan salmon. Located in Naknek, AK, we operate from mid-June through the end of July & employ a diverse crew of over 600 adventurous, hardworking, dedicated people! Housing, meals, & travel from/back to Seattle, WA are provided for FREE - check out our website for more info and to apply today!

In the beautiful Bristol Bay area of the Alaskan tundra - known during the summer months as the land of the midnight sun!

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About Alaska General Seafoods - Naknek


Experience Alaska! Alaska General Seafoods is looking for energetic, adventurous, hardworking people to join our team in beautiful Bristol Bay. Alaska General Seafoods is a salmon processing facility located off the Naknek River; home to the largest sockeye salmon run in the world. We process millions of pounds of salmon each season!  

We require our employees to travel to Naknek, Alaska for 4-6 weeks in the summer from mid-June to the the first week of August. During peak season, work hours could be anywhere from 12-18 hours a day, 7 days a week. All those hours will add up for lots of overtime! However, work depends on the salmon season harvest and hours are not guaranteed. *If there are no fish, there is no work.* Pay: Starting Wage is at least $15.85/hr regular time, $23.77/hr overtime (and lots of overtime available!)

We provide round trip airfare from Seattle, Washington (or Anchorage, Alaska) to King Salmon, Alaska and then a short bus trip to Naknek. Housing and meals are also provided at no cost to you.

Available positions are diverse and range from processing salmon fillets, to packaging salmon roe, harvesting salmon oils, boxing the salmon for shipping, or working in the freezing facility just to name a few.  Not only can you make a good amount of money in a short period of time, you will have an experience to last a lifetime. This job is perfect for students who want to travel to Alaska and seek seasonal work or anyone looking for a new kind of adventure. 

We look forward to working hard and making lasting memories in the upcoming salmon season!

Timing & Workplace Environment

  • Available to work the full season - approximately mid June to August in Naknek, AK.
  • Willing and able to travel by aircraft to remote locations in Alaska.
  • Physically able to stand and work long hours (some jobs may have lifting requirements).
  • Able to get along well with other people in remote and sometimes adverse conditions.
  • Not afraid of hard work.
  • Able to maintain a positive attitude.
  • Willing to work and live in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Willing to follow directions and abide by safety rules.

Types of Seafood Processing Jobs

  • Sort and prepare fish for freezing.
  • Weigh, record weights, pack fish in boxes.
  • Work in freezing room, move carts of salmon in and out of freezing room.
  • Stack, palletize, and shrink-wrap boxes.
  • Clean fish (scrape, cut, gut, behead, wash, and clean stomach linings).
  • Fillet fish (slice flesh from bones and prepare fish for canning or freezing).
  • Clean and pack fish eggs.
  • Feed cans and lids into seaming machines and operate machines (to move packed seafood from place to place).
  • A processor may rotate from one job to another.

Alaska General Seafoods acts in accordance with Alaska State Labor Laws, and supports and is committed to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity. 

The Employee Experience

Come experience Alaska and take part in the Bristol Bay salmon run! Airfare and housing are provided by the company, as well as a competitive wage!

Perks of Alaska General Seafoods:

  • Airfare: AGS will provide round trip transportation from Seattle, WA or Anchorage, AK to our plant located in Naknek, AK.

  • Housing: Room and board is provided at no cost.

  • Food: All meals and break food are provided by AGS.

  • Pay: Competitive wage, starting at $15.85/hour and lots of overtime.

What to expect:

Being a fish processor is not easy work. When the plant is running at full capacity you will be expected to work 16-18 hours a day, 7 days a week. You must have a strong work ethic, the discipline to get out of bed and get to work on time, and the desire to do the best you can each and every day. Some days you will be tired and have a bit of a cold; your muscles will ache and your feet will hurt. We need people who will work in spite of the discomfort. And while we do not need employees to arrive with any specific processing-related skills, we do need those who can learn quickly and are willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done.


Processors can expect to work 12 to 18 hours a day seven days per week through the peak of our season. Putting in such a large number of hours (100+ per week) results in a large quantity of overtime hours. Overtime hours allows you to make extra money, and what makes working as a processor a great seasonal position. While there are no guarantees in the fish business, it has been our experience that employees who come prepared to work - and work hard when there is work - go away with good money.

Ideal Candidate

While we do not need employees to arrive with any specific processing related skills, we do need individuals who can learn quickly and who are willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done. We're seeking hard workers who are ready for a challenge in a unique Alaskan adventure!

Room and Board

Room and board are provided by AGS free of charge.

AGS provides all meals free of cost. Employees will receive three hot meals a day plus plenty of wonderful snacks for break food!

Employee Perks

In addition to free room and board, free meals, and free transportation, we also will provide your rain-gear, gloves, and safety equipment - pretty much everything you will need to work. 

How to Apply

The process to apply for a summer position is easy!

Click APPLY HERE to visit our website and fill out an application for "Naknek Seafood Processor 2022".

We'll be in touch via email to confirm we've received your application shortly. It can take about a week to receive a phone interview and we'll conduct reference checks at that point. Overall you should know in less than 2 weeks if you'll be joining us for the 2022 Season!

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