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In accordance with NPSI’s duty to provide and maintain a safe workplace, we will require all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 effective January 1st, 2022.  Applicants who are offered a position with NPSI who are in need of an exemption from this requirement due to a medical reason, or because of a sincerely held religious belief, must submit a completed Accommodation Request form to the Vice President of Human Resources to begin the interactive accommodation process as soon as the job offer is made.  If you need this form, please call our main office at (206) 726-9900 and ask to be transferred to the Vice President of Human Resources.


The Refrigeration Operator is responsible for the upkeep and repair of the facility's ammonia refrigeration systems including: blast cell freezers, and flake ice making capabilities. Reports to Chief Engineer.



  • Maintenance and repair of the plant's refrigeration systems.
  • Works with other departments to provide a continuous flow of product through the plant.
  • Ensure all tasks including all associated paperwork are completed in compliance with Plant's safety program.
  • Follow all requirements of the facility’s Process Safety Management program for refrigeration compliance.
  • Other duties as assigned.

In Alaska, employees are paid overtime after eight regular hours in a day, and after 40 regular hours in a week.  With minimal onsite expenses, and hopefully a large fish run, this is often a great way to make money in a relatively short period of time.  NPSI recognizes several holidays during the year.  Hourly employees are paid at their overtime rate for all hours worked on the holiday.  In the summer, July 4th is a recognized holiday.

NPSI offers a generous employer matching 401(k) retirement plan and you are eligible to participate on day one!  We also offer affordable, traditional health insurance benefits that include medical, dental, vision and prescription coverage.



  • Previous experience with industrial ammonia refrigeration systems.
  • Ability to work long shifts during peak production.
  • Must be self-motivated and has the ability to work independently with little or no supervision.
  • Must have own basic hand tools.
  • Consistent and reliable attendance is an essential function of this position.
  • Familiarity with basic electricity and welding is a plus.



Must be able to work long hours in wet and cold conditions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts. The employee is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and extreme cold. The employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside weather conditions; risk of electrical shock and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

Transportation, Room and Board

NPSI provides transportation from certain points of travel (generally, Seattle, WA and Anchorage, AK) to the worksite and back, as well as room and board, for those employees who work until they are laid off.  Employees who leave before the season ends may be responsible for their own transportation, and they will be charged $15 per day for room and board.


No Tolerances
North Pacific Seafoods prohibits the use, sale, or possession of ANY drug not medically authorized.  We do not allow the use or possession of marijuana, medical or otherwise, at our plants.  Employees may be asked to submit to random, post-accident, or for cause testing at any time, and NPSI reserves the right to search all areas of the plant without advance notice in order to maintain the no tolerance policy.


Important Considerations

This work can be hard, monotonous, and boring.  


Payroll Information

Pay periods are biweekly.  Our workday is defined as the calendar day, and our work week runs from Monday through Sunday.  Employees are paid on the Friday following the end of the biweekly pay period.  We encourage employees to sign up for direct deposit but you may elect to receive paper checks instead. 


Equal Employment Opportunity

It is NPSI’s policy to comply with federal, state, and local law prohibiting unlawful discrimination.   NPSI does not and will not permit discrimination (including harassment) in recruitment, hiring, or other employment actions and decisions based on an employee or applicant being a member of a protected class, which includes, but is not limited to, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, age (40 or older), disability and genetic information (including family medical history), or other statuses protected by state and local law. It is NPSI’s policy to provide legal and fair treatment to all employees regarding recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, wages, hours, benefits, working conditions, training, and availability of advancement opportunities.


At-Will Employment

NPSI is an “at-will” employer, meaning that the employee or NPSI may terminate employment at any time, with or without notice, and with or without cause.  No one at NPSI is authorized to guarantee employment for a certain time period or otherwise alter the at-will nature of employment with NPSI. The language that appears in this job posting is not intended to create and does not create, nor is it intended to constitute and does not constitute a contract between NPSI and any employee. No manager, employee, or representative of NPSI, except the President or CEO, has the authority to enter into any contract guaranteeing employment for any specific term, and no such contract shall be deemed binding unless it is in writing and signed by the President or CEO.


Accommodation Requests

NPSI provides reasonable accommodations to applicants during the application process to ensure equal access to all available positions.  To request an accommodation, please call NPSI’s Vice President of Human Resources at (206) 726-9900.

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