Production Process Operator - *Day Shift (6 A.M. - 6 P.M.)

Danville, VA
United States
Job Description

Production Process Operator - Day Shift (6 A.M. - 6 P.M.)


Pay for this position is $15.00/hour. AeroFarms offers benefits that include enrollment in 401k, Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance, PTO, and more.

Schedule based on a 2-2-3 pattern, alternating weekends.

AeroFarms, the commercial leader in Vertical Farming is building the largest indoor vertical farm in the world in Danville Virginia! (We already have the Guinness world record for this in 2022 – this new farm is 4 times the output of that farm!) This flagship greenfield facility will service our growing customer base in the Mid-Atlantic Region once operational in 2022. This is an opportunity to help with the scaling of one of the most exciting AgTech Companies in the world (We won #1 spot in the Global Food Tech 500 list – 3 years in a row!)  

At AeroFarms we are Non-GMO and use zero herbicides, fungicides, pesticides of any kind, along with using 95% less water compared to conventional agriculture and can grow the best leafy greens 365/24/7 without worrying about seasons!  

The world needs our help. By 2050, there will be 9 billion people on the planet with less arable land than ever before. We need a solution to cultivate more using less and define the future of farming for generations to come. In 2004, AeroFarms began transforming agriculture with humans and our planet at the forefront. 

In 2022 AeroFarms is embarking on rapid growth in North America, with 20+ current patents, 60+ pending patents, and 200+ invention disclosures, AeroFarms agriculture technology continues to grow unprecedented sustainable products, delivering elevated flavor, taste, experience, quality, access, and unmatched nutrition to you. 

Here’s how we’re growing the best plants possible for the betterment of humanity: 

  • Researching and understanding plants to be better, more intuitive farmers 

  • Elevating local communities by increasing access to nutritious, high-quality, consistent, and safe products in a way that’s better for you and the planet 

  • Protecting and sustaining our environment for future generations 

  • Pioneering consistent, and scalable indoor vertical farming food safety & traceability practices, and manufacturing standards 

  • Building and deploying state-of-the-art automated indoor vertical farms across the country using the latest technological advancements available today. 

  • Investing in our AeroFarms humans and fostering our diverse company culture of inclusion, equity, excellence, teachability and curiosity 

As AeroFarms approaches our next phase of explosive growth, we seek out creative, motivated humans who will join us in disrupting industry standards and lead the way in vertical farming, artificial intelligence, and plant biology breakthroughs to solve, and tackle global issues. 

We have: 

  • An incredible ‘change-the-world’ company with the eyes of the world focused on our success. 

  • A team of motivated, intellectually curious individuals to support you. 

  • The backing of impressive firms like Goldman Sachs, IKEA, Prudential, and other leading venture funds. 

Departments available for this role:

  • Packaging
  • Harvesting
  • Seeding
  • Sanitation
  • Shipping

The Production Operator will be responsible for: 

  • Packing out leafy greens into appropriate containers using the specifications and standards as defined by quality. 

  • Sorting through products to get best quality or decide if poorer quality needs to be reviewed by the Quality Team. 

  • Operating scale and metal detector daily to obtain proper weights. 

  • Distinguishing between different packaging raw materials. 

  • Tracking quality losses and input into computer at EOD. 

  • Operating automatic packaging line. 

  • All other tasks assigned by your Supervisor. 

You have: 

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent.      

  • Experience in food production helpful. 

  • Must be able to communicate effectively. 

  • Must be able to work in a cold environment (about 34 degrees F) for long periods of time. 

  • Availability to work weekends is a must. 

  • Ability to respect and maintain confidential information. 

  • Ability to work within a team environment. 

  • Ability to lift, push, or pull up to 30 lbs. 

  • Must be able to drive electric forklift/pallet jack after training. 

  • Must be able to work independently and within a team. 

  • Must have time management skills to meet certain deadlines for shipping. 

  • Must be detailed oriented and organized. 

  • Must have good communication skills. 

  • Must have good basic math skills. 

  • Ability to use scales and computer. 

Personal Attributes

  • Collaboration - we know we cannot fix the worlds problems as an individual, we have to work together as a team to make that happen. Teamwork is how we get there! 
  • Communication - we are a small company (in relative terms  200+ employees), we work well together because we communicate well with each other. You must demonstrate why our mission is important to you: everyone who works at AeroFarms has a strong link to the mission: we want to hear why it means something to you!
  • Agility - What we do has never been done before: we are an innovation company, there is no right or wrong way to do things, we constantly develop how we operate, we can always elevate what we are doing and never claim to have it right. 
  • Accountability - we don’t micromanage, we hire individuals who know what they need to do and can do so with minimal direction and take ownership of their projects and deadlines. 
  • Respect - We are already starting our journey scaling around the world: we want our team to represent every kind of individual out on plant earth and we need to respect different people, different ideas, different cultures etc. We can learn so much from each other, but respect is key
  • Empowerment - we provide an environment for growth and development: we need your help to develop our business, we will help you develop in your career, and sky is the limit given our growth plans!!