Leader Creek Fisheries

Fishing boats on the bay

Short Summer Season - Big Results!

While there are other companies that provide a variety of different types of seafood, here at Leader Creek, we focus on Wild Alaskan Sockeye salmon and we do it right!

You will be working in a remote and special part of the world. Naknek, Alaska is a long way from anywhere and possesses a beauty all its own.

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About Leader Creek Fisheries

Leader Creek Fisheries is a producer of wild Alaskan sockeye salmon products in Naknek, AK.  Our all-refrigerated fishing fleet was the first of its kind in Bristol Bay and will forever be one of the cornerstones of our quality-focused operation.  We specialize in producing premium fresh-frozen, boneless fillets, and every summer we invite approximately 400 highly motivated, hard working men and women from across the country to come work at our shoreside plant and be a part of the Leader Creek family.  From our first-rate fishing fleet to our dedicated processing crew and everywhere in between, our ongoing commitment to enhancing quality year after year is what sets Leader Creek Fisheries apart from the rest.

The Employee Experience

Come experience Alaska and take part in the Bristol Bay salmon run!  Leader Creek Fisheries is a unique company, offering many perks to employees while specializing in wild and sustainable salmon.  Airfare and housing are provided by the company, as well as a competitive wage!

Perks of Leader Creek:

  • Airfare: Leader Creek 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 Leader Creek.

  • Pay: Competitive wage, starting at $12.36/hour and lots of overtime.

  • Summer Job: Salmon season runs from approximately June 15th- August 15th.


As a salmon processor at Leader Creek Fisheries, your work can encompass a number of different activities and tasks.  Processors do everything from cleaning fish and trimming fillets to loading freezers and boxing the finished product. Your specific job as a processor will be determined by the  the quantity of fish we receive at the plant, our production capacity and schedule, and finally, your aptitude, abilities, and attitude.

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 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 14 to 16 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 adventurers who are up for a challenge, have a terrific work ethic and are ready to make lasting friends and have the experience of a lifetime!

Room and Board

Room and board are provided by Leader Creek free of charge. All housing is located on Leader Creek property, a short walk to the plant. Our rooms range in size, and house between 2 - 6 employees. We do have some housing for couples and large rooms for groups of friends available.

Leader Creek Fisheries provides all meals free of cost. Employees will receive three hot meals a day with plenty of healthy, wild, Alaskan salmon to eat, 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. In fact, we will even clean and fold your laundry once a week.

Getting Here and Getting Around

Our plant is located in Naknek, Alaska. There are no roads that connect Naknek to other parts of Alaska so a plane ride from Anchorage is the best option for getting here. In order to make the trip as easy as possible to our plant in Alaska, all we ask of employees is to show up at the Seattle, WA airport.  Leader Creek will pay for and make all the arrangements, including the connecting flight all the way to King Salmon, AK (our closest airport) and pick you up when you land. After you finish your season we will provide your airfare back to Seattle, or, for a modest change fee most airlines can change your ticket to give you time to explore different parts of Alaska. You will need to confirm with your airline regarding their ticket change policies.

For Fun

You will likely see a bear and perhaps a fox; bald eagles are common. You will have time to walk along the river, see wildlife and watch fishermen at work.

How to Apply

For more information, and to apply, visit our website!

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