The fishing industry, including
three major seafood processors, fishing boats, and marine
repairs services and sales, is the largest employer in Petersburg.
The USDA Forest Service, the State, the Borough, and the small
businesses and stores also employ a significant number of
people. One resource for information about jobs in Petersburg
is the State of Alaska's Alaska Job Center Network (http://www.jobs.state.ak.us/).
Petersburg Pilot, the
local weekly newspaper, also carries employment advertisements.
Jobs in Petersburg Alaska
The seafood processors in Petersburg employ about 1,000 people
each season. The main season for seafood processing and fishing
employment is mid-June through early September. There are
three main ways to get work in Seafood Processing: call the
seafood processors; visit their web sites; and check with
the Job Services Center in Petersburg. Each processor is different,
but for a good overview of working in a cannery see Icicle
Seafood's web page on working in Petersburg, Alaska.
Several of the canneries have bunkhouses for some of their
employees. Call them for information. Camping and short term
rentals can be very difficult and expensive in Petersburg.
It is very important to have a job and housing arranged before
you arrive, or to come just before the peak of a processing
PFI (Petersburg Fisheries, Inc)
Processes seafood most of the year - (907-772-4294) Work
information - call 772-3030; PFI hires the majority of their
seasonal workforce before the summer season begins, see
their web page to apply online or call for an application.
Processes seafood most of the year (907-772-3333) Work information:
write Box 209, Petersburg, 99833 for an application; or
contact Petersburg Job Service.
Mainly processes in the summer.
Lights Smokery, Tonka
Seafoods and Coastal Cold Storage do custom processing
of seafood. They occasionally need a few workers.
on Fishing Boats
It is not impossible to find work on a fishing boat, but it
can very difficult. Most boats are privately owned and are
crewed by the skippers, their families, and friends who have
years of experience. However, people do walk the docks and
sometimes succeed at getting a job on a fishing vessel.
Because working at sea can be extremely
hazardous, especially for those new to fishing, take time
to learn about fishing safety. It is also a very good idea
to talk to experienced fishermen and take the time to read
Beating the Odds on the North Pacific: A Guide to Fishing
Safety (Marine Advisory Bulletin No. 41 2002). http://www.uaf.edu/seagrant/Pubs_Videos/pubs/MAB-41.html)