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Maura Satchell

Maura Satchell

Meat Cutter Associate at PublixSince our mission is to be the premier quality food retailer in the world, it is crucial that we hire the best workforce, train them to understand and pass along Publix’s culture in delivering premier customer service and provide the highest quality products to our customers. Our Meat and Seafood Department is a great place to fulfill this mission and we have several job classes within this department, often with critical openings in certain stores. This page lists the cities in which there are critical openings in this department, so read on and be sure to bookmark this page to check back as the list of cities will change over time.  Before noting the cities, though, let’s serve you up the sizzling details on the different types of jobs in the Meat and Seafood Department.

The non-management  job classes in the Meat and Seafood Department are:

  • Meat Cutter
  • Meat Cutter Apprentice
  • Meat Clerk
  • Seafood Specialist
  • Seafood Clerk
  • Meat Wrapper
  • Meat Utility

Associates in these positions perform a variety of tasks in work conditions that you can read about in more detail here. That web page also lists some of the benefits offered to our Meat and Seafood Department associates. Diving more deeply into our Careers website will provide you with a more thorough understanding of what it’s like to work for the nation’s largest employee-owned company.

Why might you want to work in this department?  Here are quotes from a few of our Meat and Seafood Department associates about why they love working there:

  • “You not only learn about all the cuts of beef chicken and pork but you also become very close with your team members in that department.”  – Kathie E.
  • “Helping our customers put the perfect meals together, and seeing their smiles afterwards makes it all worthwhile.” – David B
  •  “Helping customers put the best meal together with the best quality meat – that’s a real pleasure!” –  Andy H.
  • “The integrity, consistency, and sense of urgency to serve our customers and to be part of something that we can all say that we all own is great.”  – Delilah N.
  • “Building up a new customer’s confidence in cooking seafood! So many people are afraid of ruining their meal, and it’s my pleasure to bring confidence to them.” – Michael Borgia
  • “Integrity takes a lifetime to gain and the Publix meat department has a lifetime of integrity built up.” – Travis B.

Is this department seasoned to perfection — or what?

Does this sound good to you? Great! Now check out the cities below which have Critical Openings in their Meat and Seafood Departments right now:

Alabama:  Mobile, Spanish Fort,
Florida: Bradenton, Coral Springs, Davie, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Holmes Beach, Jacksonville, Key LargoKey West, Lake Mary, Land O Lakes, Loxahatchee, Sunrise, Winter Park,
Georgia: Atlanta, Decatur, Flowery Branch, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Loganville, Peachtree City, Roswell, Snellville,Woodstock,
North Carolina: Cary, Wake Forest,
South Carolina: Bluffton, Chapin, Columbia, Greenville, Lexington,
Tennessee: Brentwood, Franklin,

If your city is listed above, there is a job opening in the Meat and Seafood department, so simply head to your nearest Publix in that city and apply!   Remember, this list will change over time as some postings are filled and new ones are added, so why not take a moment to bookmark this page for future reference?

Hopefully, we’ve interested you in a position in our Meat and Seafood Department! What questions do you have about working in this department or at Publix?

21 Responses

  1. nestor9 June 15, 2015 at 1:33 pm #

    Hello, I am moving to the Orlando area and I currently work for another grocery store chain as a Seafood Manager. Are there any open positions in the Seafood Department? Also are there any contact numbers that I can call to speak to someone about my situation. Thanks

    • Maura Satchell
      Maura Satchell June 15, 2015 at 1:44 pm #

      Hi Nestor, thank you for your message. Our openings change from day to day depending on the business needs of each store but you can view our Critical Openings here: . In your case, check them out and if there are none listed for Seafood Department in Orlando, I’d suggest you reach out to . She is our Retail Staffing Specialist for the Orlando area and has a good handle on what needs that area has. When you email her, be sure to include a resume and in the subject line write “Seafood Department Experience / Orlando.” If you have any other questions, feel free to come on back and ask, Nestor.

      • nestor9 June 24, 2015 at 10:04 am #

        Thank you so much for your information, I did send her an email.

        • Maura Satchell
          Maura Satchell June 24, 2015 at 1:41 pm #

          That’s great, Nestor and you are most welcome. Have a terrific day!

  2. marg1234 July 12, 2015 at 12:22 pm #

    I live in the Palatka, Fl area—and am interested in working in this department–please contact me at 386-569-4536 cell—or home 386-467-9084 Thanks!

    • Maura Satchell
      Maura Satchell July 13, 2015 at 1:28 pm #

      Thank you for your message. If you read the blog post, you will see that in order to be considered for a position, you need to go to your nearby store and apply. Thank you.

  3. barrycole August 10, 2015 at 11:03 am #

    I live in Lake City Florida
    I shop at my local publix and was curious about how to find openings here.

    • Maura Satchell
      Maura Satchell August 10, 2015 at 2:03 pm #

      Hi Barry, thank you for your message. Many of our associates came to apply because they loved the atmosphere and it sounds like you fall into that category, too! The openings change frequently and we list some of them at this link: , but we advise that you simply head to your nearest Publix and apply at the Job Application Center. Afterwards, speak with a manager to let him or her know you applied and that you frequent the store. You can ask them if there are any openings or if they anticipate any in the near future. You can visit other nearby stores and do the same since they, too will have access to your application details. I hope this helps. Have a great afternoon!

  4. James Frieze August 13, 2015 at 7:14 pm #

    I live in Orlando Florida
    And I was wondering if there was an opening at a local publix
    Please contact me at 508-410-1770
    Or email me at
    Thank You

    • Maura Satchell
      Maura Satchell August 14, 2015 at 11:27 am #

      Hi James, as that blog post mentioned: “If your city is listed above, there is a job opening in the Meat and Seafood department, so simply head to your nearest Publix in that city and apply!” Orlando is mentioned in that blog post and applying is pretty simple. Each store has a Job Application Center kiosk and you apply there. Here is another blog post that offers other tips on presenting yourself as an attractive candidate: .

  5. 04bebesenatus88 September 24, 2015 at 12:22 am #

    I love publix

  6. Bush Eugene (Gene) October 8, 2015 at 9:47 am #

    Is there a opening in Largo, FL area.

    • Maura Satchell
      Maura Satchell October 9, 2015 at 9:48 am #

      Your best bet is to apply at a store near you and then speak with a manager to enquire. They are right there and know the current and future outlook to the minute.

  7. Bush Eugene (Gene) October 8, 2015 at 9:48 am #

    Is there a job opening in Larg, FL area.

    • Maura Satchell
      Maura Satchell October 9, 2015 at 7:34 am #

      Hi Gene, since we have more than 1,000 stores, there are many more openings than the ones we might be aware of here in our corporate office. Here’s why: Openings change constantly – too fast for us to capture and publish before they are filled. When Store Managers need help finding applicants for a certain position, they alert our recruiters and we post the information on our Critical Openings list. But when Store Managers have a lot of active applications for an opening, they move quickly to interview and hire the best candidates. So if you’re looking for an opportunity to work at a Publix store, here is my advice:
      Go to the Job Application Center kiosk in the Publix store where you most want to work. You will need 30-40 minutes to complete the application process. The JAC, as we call it, is usually at the front of the store. If you can’t find it, any store associate can show you where it is. After applying, go to the Customer Service desk and ask to speak with a manager. Then briefly explain why you would make a great Publix associate. Ask what openings there are in the store, but please know that not every manager will know about every opening in the store. If you want to, go speak to the manager in the department where you most want to work. Your application can be seen at other Publix stores in the area. So feel free to stop by some of those stores to talk with managers there about your interest in working for our company. You will only be called if a manager wants to interview you. We receive nearly 2 million applications per year for about 50,000 openings, so we unfortunately can’t call everyone. I hope this helps.

  8. jenny52 October 12, 2015 at 7:19 am #

    I have read that a new store will be opening in Pigeon Forge in early 2016. I am having a home built there as we speak and will be relocating about that time. I have been running a high volume seafood market in Florida for 26 years and have a vast amount of experience in all areas of the field. Is there anyone I can submit a resume to before an actual job posting?

    • Maura Satchell
      Maura Satchell October 12, 2015 at 11:37 am # . Include “Seafood Specialist/Pigeon Forge” in the subject line and in the message start with “Maura suggested I send you my resume.” Oh, and be sure to include that resume! (A basic list of your customer service, retail, and food service experience and years in each.) Best of luck and know I’m jealous. It’s beautiful up there!

  9. drguybigg1 October 15, 2015 at 3:15 pm #

    Hello, my name is Gary, I’ve worked for a large company for 5 years as a Meat Associate. All our meat comes to us prepackaged with an oxygen eater pack in each, therefore I do not cut meat, but a very cautious about freshness.

    I would love to work for Publix as a meat clerk, wrapper or meat cutter trainee. I live in St. Petersburg, FL and understand a new store is being built downtown and would like to work at that store very much. Thank you.

    • Maura Satchell
      Maura Satchell October 15, 2015 at 3:25 pm #

      Hi Gary, thank you for your question! That’s great to hear you’d like to join Publix. My recommendation is that you head over to a Publix store near the new location, and apply at the Job Application Center kiosk. Afterwards, speak with a manager and let him or her know of your experience and interest in working at the new store and in the Meat and Seafood Department. Best of luck!

  10. rainstreet561 April 28, 2016 at 11:08 am #

    Hello, my name is Kiateh and I’ve worked at Publix for almost 5 years now in the deli department. I’m full time and was wondering if it is possible for someone in my position already currently employed in the deli FT to transfer to the Meat Department or am I locked into the deli. Will they demote me to part-time if I ask and I’m transferred and have me start from the beginning? And lastly is their a way to look to see if their are openings anywhere in my area without having to travel from Publix to Publix.

    • Maura Satchell April 29, 2016 at 10:16 am #

      Thank you for your years of loyal service to Publix, Kiateh. Your best option is to discuss this with your store manager who is familiar with your work performance and can best advise you on your options.

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