Forklift Operator

Joseph Gallo Farms
Atwater, CA 95301
United States
Job Description

Job Details

Manufacturing Site - Atwater, CA
Full Time
High School
$18.00 - $23.00 Hourly


We are one of the most respected premium all-natural cheese makers in North America, and we continue to win prestigious awards for, not only our high-quality products, but also in recognition of our passion for sustainable practices. Today, we are in our third generation as a family business, who seeks innovative opportunities to maximize profitability & return on all assets, while being a trusted & responsible employer, who actively participates in the community & who cherishes the natural environment.

Our success is based upon the quality of the employees that we hire-top-notch talent who share our company's commitment to our customers and a passion for making the country's finest quality products, using only all natural ingredients.

Our employees are our greatest driving force, and we pride ourselves on ensuring their stability. All our employees receive Life Insurance, and Employee Assistance Program! Joseph Gallo Farms also offers a competitive benefits package at a group rate to all our full-time employees and their dependents.


  • 401(k) retirement plan w/ company match

  • Health Insurance

  • Dental

  • Vision

  • Educational Reimbursement

  • Paid time off (vacation, sick, holidays, etc.)

  • Free cheese!




  • Maintain the facilities equipment and materials in a neat, clean and orderly fashion.

  • On a daily basis, inspect and perform minor maintenance on the forklift or other equipment.

  • Operate all equipment in a safe and efficient manner.

  • Keep appropriate records and reports to guarantee that tight inventory control and security are maintained.

  • Assist in physical inventories and insure proper stock rotation.

  • Conduct operations in a manner that promotes safety. Comply with OSHA and MSDS Standards.

  • Assist in pulling product from the warehouse for shipment.

  • Wraps order on pallet for shipment

  • Loads and unloads product safely and move product to storage locations, pallets, etc.

  • Place shipments and cheese orders on racking systems

  • Insure pallets for shipment are accurate and free of damage.



Physical Requirements:

  • Standing with walking is required for most of the shift (not including breaks)

  • Climbing on ladder

  • Physical strength to handle up to 25-pound object, frequently. Some items weighing up to 50 lbs to be handled occasionally

  • Above average coordination, including eye-hand, hand-foot and balance

  • Above average endurance

  • Normal dexterity of hands and fingers with average repetition

Knowledge Requirements:

A positive attitude & pleasant personality; effective memory skills; good hand eye coordination; dependability, ability to follow directions & a strong willingness to learn. Must be a team player.


  • Education High school diploma or GED,

  • Experience Minimum 1 year in food industry warehouse

  • Must have a current forklift certification card

Mental Effort

  • Above average concentration/intensity

  • Above average memory, taking into consideration the amount of responsibility and product

  • Above average time pressure of decision making

  • Sense of urgency


  • Normal verbal communication

  • Normal written communication

  • Normal nonverbal communication

Must be 18 years of age or older

Average Hours Per Week:

Hours Employee Must Be Available: All Shifts, Monday thru Sunday

Work environment: Normal exposure to weather and warehouse temperature at 38 degrees for a period of up to 8 hours per day.


Reports to Warehouse supervisor and/or manager

Designer plays an important role in supporting our marketing and sales departments mission to promote a positive internal and external image for Joseph Gallo Farms and its brands.

This description is a general statement and does not include other duties as assigned.

Joseph Gallo Farms is an Equal Opportunity Employer / EEO