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Southern States Cooperative, Inc Fertilizer Load Operator in Hopkinsville, Kentucky

This job description is a summary of essential job functions necessary for the satisfactory performance of this position. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable those with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. Job functions may vary by location. General Summary Aid in the completion of work involving shipping, receiving, production, maintenance and inventory control. Essential Job Functions * Assist in performing manual labor to unload rail cars and trucks. * Assist in performing manual labor to load trucks and store product in warehouse. * Assist in performing manual labor to perform maintenance on equipment. * Assist in performing manual labor to complete building, equipment and grounds clean-up. * Assist in performing manual labor to complete any other tasks pertaining to plant operations. * Complete other duties as assigned by supervisor. Qualifications Education: Requires a High School Diploma, General Education Degree (GED) or equivalent work experience Experience: Prefer prior experience working in a manufacturing or industrial environment Previous Southern States work experience a plus. Requirements * Ability to understand and carry out all safety training relating to operation of plant equipment * Ability to understand and carry out all safety training involved in performing manual labor and proper usage of all products, materials and protective equipment used in performance of plant duties * Able to work in a fast paced team environment where job assignments may vary based on production and business need * Able to apply logic and understanding to carry out instructions given in written, oral and diagram form * Attention to detail * Able to speak, read, write the English language in a proficient manner * Overtime, alternate shift, schedule, or weekend may be required as determined by business need * Able to report to work in adverse weather conditions is required Work Environment Primarily performs essential job functions in an indoor environment that is not climate controlled and experiences temperature and humidity swings. Occasionally performs essential functions outdoors and may not be protected from weather conditions. May require use of stairs. May work on ladders or scaffolding. Frequently exposed to hazards including: * Dust, odors, fumes, and chemicals associated with the production, packaging, warehousing, and distribution of fertilizer products * Moving mechanical parts, equipment, and vehicles * Electrical current, vibrations, lubricants and wet surfaces * Noise levels where hearing protection may be required per PPE Plan Physical Activities & Requirements -- will vary based on assigned operations. Below is a general summary: * Continuously balance and bend; stand and walk on concrete; reach with arms and hands, use hands in repetitive motion; grasp, finger, and handle fertilizer bags, containers, and equipment controls; utilize eye/hand coordination; turn and twist head/neck and waist/back. Pull, push, lift, carry up to 50 pounds unassisted. * Frequently crouch, kneel, stack, stoop, sweep. Pull, push, lift, carry 50-80 pounds, may be assisted. * Occasionally shovel. Pull, push, lift, carry 80- 100 pounds, may be assisted. Must be able to hear equipment sounds, plant pages, co-workers and radio. Must be able to speak to co-workers regarding production and safety. Must be able to utilize sense of smell to identify ingredients and products, and detect quality issues. Specific vision abilities required by this job include: close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. Tools & Equipment Hard hat, steel toed shoes, and all other PPE as required by operation assignments. Specialized fertilizer production and bagging equipment. Ladder, scale, computer, printer, copier, calculator, manuals and forms, writing instrument, telephone, intercom, and other location specific equipment as necessary. Southern States Cooperative is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against individuals based on their race, color, religion or belief, national or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, family medical history or genetic information, or any other status protected by federal, state or local laws, or regulations. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, functions and skills required for this job. Functions and requirements may change at any time with or without notice. Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled