by Gloria Welton
Acadian Supreme Inc. in Wellington has about 90 staff and they could employ up to 140 people.
Randy Corkum, Production Manager, says although they now have a lot of advanced equipment to help with the labour shortage, there are still opportunities for those looking to work in the seafood processing industry.
“At this facility, you will not necessarily be standing in one place working with the lobster all the time,” says Randy. “The work is diverse, and we want to help staff have a variety of work and experience.
“Our new equipment cuts down on the number of staff required, but year after year some employees do not return because of retirement, so we have to continue to hire to meet our staffing needs. The way we are dealing with the labour shortage is through technology, and we have great training in place to help people advance.
“We offer overtime hours for staff because we have to work with the demand and supply of the product.”
Randy says they also want to encourage high school and post-secondary students to apply. “Not only do students get steady work and competitive wages, but they will receive a bursary for their education when they work the number of hours required.”
Randy says it is important to include references with your resumé, which saves time when starting the hiring process with each applicant.
To apply, drop in with a resumé or call 902-854-2675 and ask for Lynn Rayner, Operations Manager, or email a resumé to [email protected]
For more information about the bursary for high school and post-secondary students, visit www.teamfoodisland.ca
by Gloria Welton
Atlantic Aqua Farms is a fully integrated, rope cultured mussel farming and processing company. They are a large supplier of premium, live mussels in North America.
They have an office in Charlottetown, mussel plants in Georgetown and Borden, and various mussel farm locations. “Our processing and farming practices are focused on environmental stewardship, food safety, and quality,” says Cora MacIntyre, Human Resources.
Labourers are needed for the mussel plant in Georgetown. Duties for this position include responsibility for the safe operation of the stripping equipment, removing mussels from the socks and placing mussels in tanks. “It is important to be willing to learn and follow all safety rules and policies.”
Mussel Boat Deck Hands are needed for various locations. These positions run Monday to Friday starting early mornings and are seasonal from April to December. “These staff also have opportunity to work during the off-season at the plants in Georgetown or Borden.”
This is a physical, outdoor position working under the direction of the Boat Operator, performing various farming tasks required for the successful production of blue mussels.
Production Employees are needed for the Borden location. These positions run Monday to Friday, and daily hours fluctuate. They are responsible for cleaning and packing fresh mussels and oysters and keeping the work area tidy and free from debris.
Quality Control Assistant is required for the Borden location. This position is responsible for monitoring quality attributes, testing product for flaws, reporting defects, record keeping, analyzing data and optimizing and creating processes for quality control, and to weigh, cook and analyze mussels to ensure they meet the standards.
“This is a sustainable industry,” says Cora. “This company has an excellent reputation for quality products, and they are very family oriented. The wages are competitive and there is an excellent benefit package.
“There is a team spirit with this company where all staff seem to want to make it a good setting and work together to get the product out the door. It is a fast-paced work setting where the day goes by quickly.
“There is room for advancement. I have worked for the company since 2019 and now I am being trained in Human Resources.”
To apply, email a resumé to [email protected]
Visit Atlantic Aqua Farms at www.atlanticaquafarms.com and click careers
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