Shipping Forklift Operator

To:  All Employees
Date:   01/29/2024

From: Warehouse Manager
Job Opening:  Shipping Forklift Operator

Shift:  B Shift, Monday – Saturday, must be able to work any shift
Status: Union Hourly, Non-Exempt

Wage Range: N/A, Hourly Rate $20.77
Reports to: Warehouse Supervisor

Posting Date: 01/29/2024
Closing Date: 02/05/2024

Shipping Forklift Operator
The Company shall be the judge of the skills and qualifications and shall have the right to consider the employee's attendance record, ability to follow work and safety rules, productivity, and quality of work in determining whether the employee possesses the necessary skills and qualifications for the job, however, the Company will not exercise its right arbitrarily and seniority shall be taken into consideration. (Section 3, Job Bids, Master CBA.

shipping forklift operator:
The position is responsible for placing finished goods into the warehouse, proper rotation of inventory, and accurately and efficiently picking customer orders and loading finished goods onto trucks.
essential job functions (other duties may be assigned as needed):


  • Operate scanner gun for picking and rotating finished goods.
  • At the beginning of the shift and throughout, obtain Pick Tickets from the Shipping office.  Pick Tickets contain customer order information such as, type of product and quantity that needs to be pulled from the warehouse to fill an order.  Pick and scan items of finished product from the warehouse and enter quantities into the scanner gun.
  • Build pallets of finished goods for customer orders, place a sticker on the pallet to identify which order the pallet/product belongs to, place in the staging rack, and complete the Load Chart.  The Load Chart is filled out while the pallet is being built.  When done pulling product and building pallets for the order, turn the completed Loader Sheet and Pick Ticket into the Shipping office.  All writing must be clean, neat and legible.  Must verify counts.
  • Read and follow special instructions on the Pick Ticket.  Special instructions may include the customer’s requirement to use corner boards, CHEP pallets, or to shrink wrap the pallet.
  • Must meet order Picking efficiency standards set by organicgirl.

load trucks
  • Conduct pre-inspection of the trailer to ensure it is clean, proper temperature, note damage to the trailer, etc.  Complete the pre-inspection form which is on the Load Tag document.  Inform a supervisor if the trailer does not pass pre-inspection.
  • While using a forklift, go to staging area, get pallets of product for the order, verify counts, and load the truck.  Verify counts by reading the Pick Ticket already filled out during pre-stage and by writing the counts on the blank Pick-Ticket.  If missing product for the order, pick items from the warehouse to complete the order.    When remove product from the warehouse, use a hand scanning gun to scan the bar code on the rack and pallet and enter the quantity of cases into the scan gun.
  • This is to be performed using a scanner gun.
  • Take pallets of finished product from Production and place in the warehouse. 
  • Obtain the Production Schedule, read and understand the volume of product being produced, and move product in the warehouse to ensure there is enough room for incoming product.  Rotate product based on FIFO.
  • Using an Inventory Sheet, perform cycle counts.  This involves finding the product on the Inventory Sheet in the warehouse, counting the product, and confirming quantities in the warehouse.

  • Prior to operating a forklift, sign out for the forklift, conduct the required safety inspection of the forklift, complete the required safety inspection form, and only operate the lift if it is in safe working order. Report safety concerns or damage to the forklift immediately to the supervisor.
  • Must demonstrate proficiency in safe handling of forklift.
  • Maintain and work in accord with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration norms.
  • Adhere to GMP’s in accordance with company policy.

what it takes

Individuals must possess these knowledge, skills, and abilities or be able to explain and demonstrate that the individual can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

education and experience:
  • High School graduate or GED equivalent from an accredited institution preferred.
  • 1-year of Shipping Forklift experience in a similar environment required.
  • Some experience using a handheld scanner is preferred.
  • Forklift experience in both Shipping and Receiving is preferred.

language skills:
  • Literate in English and or Spanish. Bi-lingual English/Spanish preferred.
  • Understand and carry out verbal and written instruction.
  • Ability to read, write and interpret work related documents and written work instructions, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedures.

mathematical skills:
  • Basic math skills with demonstrated ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide numbers to assure proper inventory counts and fulfillment of customer orders.

  • Certification in Forklift operation preferred, however organicgirl will certify employees.

reasoning ability:
  • Demonstrated ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
  • Resolve problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced-high pressure environment, collaborating with co-workers and management.
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to suggest procedures to improve processes.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and changing priorities.

additional information:
  • Must be able to provide proof and eligibility to work in the United States.
  • Pass pre-employment drug screen required.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age to work in a food processing plant.
  • Prior experience in a fresh vegetable or food processing plant a plus.
  • Must be available to work a flexible schedule, including nights, weekends, and holidays
  • Must be a current member of or willing to sign up with the Teamsters Local Union No. 890.

physical demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Must be able to use a handheld scanning device such as, hold the device, follow screen prompts and instructions, and push buttons on the device.

work environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is consistently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, moving mechanical parts, fumes, or airborne particles, outside weather conditions, and extreme cold, 36 degrees. The employee will be working inside a production and/or warehouse facility where the use of chemical substances is present and used. Employees’ work is also subject to the pressures of time constraints and deadlines. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate and loud when working in the production/warehouse facility.

Applicants have rights under Federal Employment Laws:
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) English
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Spanish 
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) English
Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) Spanish
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)

Department: Distribution
This is a non-management position
This is a full-time position

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