Frequently Asked Questions

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In order to work for Silver Bay Seafoods you need to be at least 18 years old, speak and understand English (for safety reasons), have valid permission to work in the U.S., and complete the online application process.

Hiring process for each candidate includes the following steps:

  1. Submit online application
  2. Attend an interview in person at one of our hiring events (it is not a guarantee of employment)
  3. Pass a pre-employment criminal background screen
  4. Complete post offer health questionnaire
  5. Complete onboarding paperwork

Fish processing is physically demanding, involves long hours, a cold, wet environment, and repetitive work. Please remember that there are no guaranteed work hours. The length of the workday varies depending on the availability of fish. Employees should be prepared to work up to 16 hour days, 7 days a week, and should be aware there could be days with little or no work. Based on the strength of the fish resource, fishing may be limited to certain days and at certain hours, or fishing could be open for days at a time. Fish processing operates when fish are available and suspends operations when no fish are being harvested. During the peak of the season, plants could operate 24 hours a day and seven days a week. This may go on for several weeks without a day off. When fish are available, you will be required to be ready and willing to work as directed.

All seafoods processors earn at least $13.00/hour, and any hours worked in excess of 8 per day or 40 per workweek shall be paid at the rate of one and one-half times the regular rate of pay. The hourly rates will vary based on experience and job classification. Paydays in our company are bi-weekly.

Silver bay Seafoods operates only in B season, processing herring and salmon. Herring season occurs March - May and usually last 3-4 weeks. Salmon season occurs June - October and it can be as short as two months or last as long as 4 months.

Yes, Silver Bay Seafoods provides a bunkhouse-type of housing with 2-6 individuals of the same gender assigned to each room. Each resident will have his/her own bed with a mattress, pillow, linen, blanket, and bath towel. Room and board is charged for the salmon season, at the rate of $10/day. The amount shall be deducted from the employee's paycheck every payday, and it is not refundable.

Meals are provided in the company cafeteria at designated hours of the day. Please note that the kitchen staff will not prepare special meals if you missed your schedule or if you are on a special diet such as vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free.

While housed onsite, employees are expected to follow the company's bunkhouse rules and regulations which are spelled out in the Employee Handbook and will be strictly enforced by the Bunkhouse Manager. We have zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol both in the workplace and the bunkhouse. Breaking any of the rules will be considered grounds for termination and employee will be sent home at own expense.

Unexpired legal documents. Be prepared to present any of the following documents:

  1. US Passport
  2. Permanent Resident Card or Alien Registration Receipt Card
  3. Employment Authorization Document
  4. Driver's License or ID card issued by State
  5. ID card issued by federal, state, or local government agencies or entities
  6. School ID card with photograph
  7. Voter's Registration card

If you present any of the documents numbered 4-7 above, you will also need to present any of the following:

  • Social Security Card
  • Certification of Report of Birth/Original or certified copy of birth certificate
  • Native American tribal document
  • US Citizen ID Card
  • Employment authorization document issued by the Dept. of Homeland Security

No, you don't have to bring your own rain gear and boots. You will be provided with rain gear and work boots but you are expected to return these at the end of the season, or upon termination of your employment. If you want to upgrade to a different type of gear, you can do so at your own expense. If possible bring additional pair of insoles for work boots. The company will not compensate you for any additional gear of your preference.

Warm Clothes: This means clothes that can withstand a wet, cold and humid environment. Layering works well for most people. We provide free laundry service. Given the number of workers in each plant, however, you cannot have your clothes washed as often as you please. In fact, each room will have a designated laundry day in a given week. You will need to bring several changes of clothes to tide you over for at least a week or so. Try to bring clothes that will survive constant wash and wear or that you are not worried about throwing away at the end of the season. If possible bring clothes that you are not fond of, because it will always smell like fish.

Personal Toiletries: Bring your own shampoo, bath soap, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, and other personal hygiene items. The bunkhouse toilets are provided with bath tissues and nothing more. There are no 24/7 convenience stores located near our plants. Usually, by the time you arrive at our plants, it will be late at night or you will be expected to work right away and you won't have the chance to go to town to grab these items.

Other Personal Items: Alarm clocks are optional. But if you don't want to be late for work, you might want to bring one or perhaps, your cellphone or laptop may be set to wake you up to start your shift. A word of caution though on bringing valuable items like laptops, iPads, iPods, pieces of jewelry, expensive CD/MP3/video players. You will be responsible in securing these items in your own room in the bunkhouse which you will be sharing with four other employees. We don't provide storage with secured locks due to limited space both in the bunkhouse and the plant. Silver Bay Seafoods will not be obligated to compensate you for any loss or theft of your personal effects. If you insist on bringing those items, it will be at your own risk.

We cannot guarantee that you will be placed with your family or friend; however, if you would like to request this you need to let us know during your interview. If you are placed at the same location, we cannot guarantee that you will be in the same room.