Atlantic Aqua Farms Partnership
Atlantic Aqua Farms Partnership operates a production plant at 918 Bush Wharf Road in Orwell Cove, where they grow, process, and market mussels.
“For more than 27 years, Atlantic Aqua Farms Partnership and our Canadian Cove brand mussels have set the highest standard of quality in the North American mussel industry,” says Josie Jackson.
“The team at Atlantic Aqua Farms takes pride in growing and processing the best quality live mussels available on the market.”
Future hiring needs
“We will be hiring for mussel socking positions in early fall,” says Josie. “There is always a need for labourer positions in various plant production areas.”
On average, 65 people are employed at that facility full-time in various positions including the processing line, which runs year-round.
Atlantic Aqua Farms owns and manages several mussel leases in bays across PEI. Most positions on the mussel farms are seasonal, and run from April to December. About 10 people are employed year-round on the mussel farms during the winter harvest.
“It can be challenging to hire employees for seasonal work at the mussel farm. The positions include mussel farm labourers, boat captains, small boat operators, and socking crew.”
About the staff
“We are very fortunate to have a highly talented and strong team of employees, most of which have been with the company for several years,” says Josie. “Many of our employees assist in the training of new hires.
“Turnover rates are very low in the production facility. At our mussel farming operations, most of our employees return every season, but as we expand our operations, we are always looking for new additions to our team.”
- Administration, Management
- Various Department Supervisors
- Quality Control
- Harvest Truck Drivers
- Forklift Operators
- Mussel Stripping Crew
- Truck Loaders
- Boat Crew Members
- Small Boat Operators
- Boat Captains/Bay Managers
Wages and benefits
“Wages vary depending on the position, but all of our entry-level positions offer more than minimum wage,” says Josie. “We also offer benefits to full-time employees.”
“We are willing to train employees for most positions on our mussel farm and in our production facility. For more technical positions, education and experience requirements may vary.”
At the production plant, employees stand for long periods, the plant is damp, and it is a noisy environment. Work involves repetitive movements, and some positions require the ability to lift more than 50 pounds.
On the mussel farm, the work is outdoors on a boat, at times with long hours.
“Our focus is on retaining staff. The employees are engaged in the processing procedures. The production facility is a community of employees, not just a processing facility.
“We ask for their feedback and workplace suggestions. Their opinions are considered and valued by management.”
“We always accept applications at our processing plant in Orwell Cove,” says Josie. “Positions become available at various times of the year.”
Most difficult job to fill
“Mussel stripping is the most difficult job to fill,” says Josie. “The wage is higher for mussel stripping than for working on the production line, because it’s more labour intensive than other entry-level positions.”
Best way to get your foot in the door
“Making a personal appearance with a resumé always stands out,” says Josie. “It also helps to follow up later. This shows us that you are serious about working with our company.”
Where are jobs posted?
Positions are advertised on the Job Bank at www.jobbank.gc.ca.
How to apply
Come directly to the production plant in Orwell Cove and fill out an application or e-mail a resumé to [email protected].
For positions on the mussel farming operation, e-mail a resumé to [email protected].
For production facility positions, Plant Manager Allan Arsenault handles all interviews, and for the mussel farm, Kelly Scott handles the interviews.
How to stand out during the hiring process
- Have some knowledge about the company and the position
- Appearance is important because the first impression counts
- Bring in an extra copy of your resumé
- Be prepared to talk about previous employment and your skill sets
- Follow up with a telephone call or send an e-mail
Terms of employment
“We have a 90-day probationary period, which allows time for both the employees and employer to determine if the position is a good fit,” says Josie.
While working for the company, what are the keys to successful employment?
- Good attitude
- Willingness to work in different areas of production
- Good work ethics
“There are opportunities for advancement within the company for motivated employees who have a history of exceptional performance, dependability, and initiative,” says Josie.