When I was released from a Georgia State Prison in 2005 I was given a $25 check and a bus ticket after spending the last three years of my life confined and separated from my family. During the first six months of my incarceration, my complete lifeline was wiped out. I had lost my mother and grandmother to sudden death and I lost everything I ever owned. The only thing I had waiting for me was the four children I had left behind with various family members. Once released I was required to report to a parole officer along with a supervision fee that was mandated for every month I served under supervised release. Not only was I a single mother, but I was also a convicted felon that no one wanted to hire. On top of that my children and I were homeless and no one wanted to hire me because I was a convicted felon.
My children and I scattered from shelter to shelter before we found ourselves out on the streets with nowhere to go. And that's why opportunities like these are so important for Returning Citizens. Having a chance to work and save money after an immediate release will not only reduce the risks associated with recidivism but it will give Returning Citizens a fair start to their new lives.
RETURN TO WORK PROGRAM
We are looking for hard working men and women to process seafood in Alaska. We have as-needed/seasonal positions available in our land plants in Anchorage, Cordova, Kenai, Togiak, King Salmon/Naknek, and Kotzebue. The work will begin in mid-May to late August/early September.
Job Description: Seafood Processor
Participates in the key functions to effect efficient production and uniform product quality in accordance with Copper River Seafoods, Inc. standard for unwavering excellence and service. A Seafood Processor is responsible for a variety of functions and can be assigned to various assignments within the production department including offloading, processing, storage, shipping, etc. Processing may be broken down further into sorting, tending and operating machines, butchering, and case-up.
All applicants must be 18 years of age.
• Perform repetitious duties as assigned on the production line. May work a variety of tasks, including but not limited to housing/gallery operations, quality assurance, maintenance duties, clerical/data entry functions, etc.
• Cooperate with Production Leads in rotation of personnel in the production line to maximise efficiency.
• Cooperate with Production Leads and co-workers to ensure safe and efficient production.
• Cooperate in the training of new employees in various positions including specific job duties, proper work habits, sanitation and safety standards, by setting a good example.
• Maintain a line of communication with other production personnel and co-workers to coordinate work activities.
• Maintain safe working environment in accordance with company policy by monitoring the safe use of equipment and work habits in and around the work area.
• Responsible for keeping up to date with current company policies, including those that relate to safety.
• Prompt and regular attendance at scheduled work intervals. You will be working in very wet, cold and humid conditions
The job is production line work. If you are hired, you will be working in very wet, cold and humid conditions. You will be required to stand during your entire shift. The job involves constantly working with your hands, twisting your body from side to side and repetitive bodily motions to move the product down the line. Most employees are rotated to perform duties throughout the plant; you must be willing to work in various areas. You will need to work very closely with others and to work as part of a team. At times, you will be required to repetitively lift heavy objects, usually 10-55 lbs at a time. You will also be required to learn, understand, and follow safety rules and requirements. You must be able to work very quickly in order to meet production deadlines.
Shifts will vary depending on the supply of fish, and processors must be prepared to work 7 days a week and 12+ hours per day. There may also be periods of time when there are few or no hours of work. A processor is responsible for their prompt and regular attendance at times when they are scheduled to work.
Housing / accommodations:
Housing, meals and laundry service are available in all plants (except in Anchorage) at the rate of $10.00 per day.
Travelling seafood workers:
Travel accommodations will be made upon hire.
The starting wage for the position is $10.25 per hour. All hours worked over eight (8) straight time hours in a day and 40 in a week are paid at the overtime rate of time and a half ($15.37). Employees are paid every other week.
MINIMUM REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
High School diploma or equivalent preferred.
Minimum of 0-1 year of experience doing physical and/or manual labor.
Must be able to stand and work for long hours and be frequently exposed to undesirable conditions, including cold and wet environments.
Must be capable of repetitive motions using hands, arms, legs, and back.
Must be able to lift 50 pounds.
Must have a basic understanding of the English language, including the ability to follow written and oral instructions.
Must be willing to work any shift, including nights.
Alcohol and illegal drugs:
Alaska’s seafood industry has a drug-free policy.
By law, within three days of being hired you must furnish documents that prove your identity and show that you can legally work in the United States. Alaska Job Center Network staff will confirm that workers possess appropriate documentation before referring them to a job.
After you have completed your application, we will meet with each of you to discuss your application. We ask that you fill out your application as completely as possible. The more information you are able to provide, the easier it is for us to process your application.
If you are selected for employment, we will notify you by telephone and/or email. If you do not receive a call from us by the time the season begins, we will keep your application on file for consideration for our next season. If you are offered employment, you might be required to pass a pre-employment drug test prior to going to Alaska and/or upon your arrival.
Make sure you list AMERICAN KING FOUNDATION as a reference on your application.
Important Follow Up Directions:
Once you have completed your application please mail your application to:
Seafood Unit Supervisor
Department of Labor and Workforce Development
3301 Eagle Street, Suite 102
Anchorage, AK 99503
Then email: firstname.lastname@example.org providing your name, address, contact information, and the date that your application was submitted. Please put "Alaska Seafood Application" in the subject line of your email.
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