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Equipment Operator

    • Job Tracking ID: 512698-603764
    • Job Location: Pasco, WA
    • Job Level: Entry Level (less than 2 years)
    • Level of Education: High School/GED
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: January 05, 2018
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

CSS Farms, a multi-state agricultural business, strives to provide innovative solutions and superior quality and service to our customers. We proudly and relentlessly continue to meet the highest standards of stewardship when it comes to the three things we value most: our land, our employees, and our communities.

We are a team-oriented company with a high trust, entrepreneurial culture. We value our employees’ opinions, we have a strong work ethic, and are focused on growing great vegetables and developing our operations profitably. People who are most successful at CSS Farms are energetic, self-directed, and pragmatic.

 

Summary/Purpose

The Equipment Operator supports the farm by operating and maintaining farm equipment such as tractors, loaders, farm trucks, and harvesters across approximately 9,000 acres of ground for crop production, annually.

 

Responsibilities

In this role, you will:

  • Effectively and safely operate, maintain, and repair farm equipment such as planters, harvesters, and sprayers.
  • Mix, load, and apply pesticides onto fields in accordance with label required rates and procedures.
  • Optimize practices and utilize the latest ag technology such as GPS and precision ag equipment.
  • Work with agronomists and share field observations to help identify crop pests, undesirable vegetation, and diseases affecting the health of specific crops.
  • Maintain records per company protocol and in compliance with WSDA (Washington State Department of Agriculture) and submit application records for billing purposes.
  • Maintain work area, chemical storage area, and equipment in a condition that promotes good safety practices and is compliant with WSDA.
  • Use and maintain all personal protection equipment (PPE) recommended for each work situation.
  • Exercise respect and professionalism when working with land owners and other staff.
  • Take on other tasks and responsibilities, as needed.

 

Physical Demands

  • Walking and working outdoors in the elements.
  • Standing for extended periods of time.
  • Driving between farm sites to move supplies.
  • Regularly handling objects of up to 65 lbs.

 

Expected Hours of Work

  • Typical daily farm hours are 7 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday.
  • Harvest and planting seasons are busy and may require longer hours and some weekends.

 

Travel

  • Occasional travel to other farm locations, typically once per month lasting 1-2 days.

 

Experience and Skills:

Required Qualifications

  • A valid US driver’s license or the ability to acquire one and pass vehicle insurance verification.
  • A valid PAC (Private Applicator Certificate) or the ability to obtain one, as well as other relevant pesticide application certificates.
  • A high school diploma or equivalent.
  • A minimum of two years of experience operating complex farm equipment.

 

Desired Qualifications

  • 2+ years’ experience working with farm equipment and crop production.
  • 2+ years’ experience repairing and maintaining farm equipment, including: fabricating, welding, electrical, and general mechanical repair.
  • A strong work-ethic, and a can-do attitude.
  • Solid problem-solving skills and a desire to be in a self-directed role.
  • The ability to prioritize and re-prioritize, as needed in an ever-changing environment.
  • Previous experience working with potatoes and irrigated crops a plus.
  • Knowledge of crop agronomics a plus.
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish is a plus.
  • Class A CDL is a plus.
  • Hazmat and tanker endorsements is a plus.

Work Authorization

  • In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

 

Benefits

  • Market competitive salary
  • Healthcare, Dental and Vision coverage as outlined in the company benefits overview.
  • Flex spending account for out-of-pocket medical expenses.
  • 401(k) plan options.
  • Short Term Disability Insurance, Long Term Disability Insurance, and Life Insurance.
  • A paid time off package.
  • Tuition reimbursement options.
  • Gain exposure to full farm agronomy and experience potential for career advancement in Pasco as well as other CSS Farm locations.

 

AAP/EEO Statement

CSS Farms provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, CSS Farms complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

CSS Farms expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.