Forklift Operator

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Overview & Essential Job Functions

Position Summary:


The Forklift Operator - MRF is responsible for the safe operation of the forklift at a recycling facility or MRF (second shift). For the purpose of stacking baled material, loading of trailers, and emptying full containers throughout the facility in an efficient and safe manner. 


Essential Job Functions:

  • Perform pre- and post-operation inspection of the equipment in accordance with Company policy to ensure windows, lights, mirrors are clean, and equipment is in proper operating condition 
  • Reports to shift supervisor for daily work assignments. 
  • Responsible for loading of trailers with baled material safely and efficiently. 
  • Responsible for organizing baled material in the warehouse. 
  • Coordinates with supervisor to empty full containers of recycled materials and trash bins throughout the day in and around the facility. 
  • Continuously monitor the condition of the equipment to ensure it is operationally ready at all times to minimize down time; 
  • Follow all required safety policies and procedures. 
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned. 

Qualifications & Environmental Demands

Required Qualifications:


  • High School diploma or GED. 
  • Minimum of 1 year of prior related experience in forklift operation. 
  • Minimum 1 year of prior experience working at sites regulated by OSHA.
  • Must be forklift certified. 
  • Good customer services skills to meet and exceed customer expectations.
  • Acts in a professional, courteous and cooperative manner toward customers and co-workers; works with a sense of honesty and trustworthiness. 
  • Good time management skills to ensure assigned responsibilities are completed in an efficient and safe manner. 
  • Good follow through ability; ability to adhere to work schedule and follows through on challenges as they arise. 
  • Ability to adhere to Company policies and rules set forth; promotes the Company's safety standards; does not take inappropriate risks. 
  • Maintains a feeling of pride in work; strives to achieve all goals.


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Bilingual English / Spanish


Physical/Environmental Demands:


  • Physical:
    • Standing, walking, sitting, seeing, hearing, & smelling continuously.
    • Problem solving, oral/written communication, analytical ability, concentration, & interpersonal abilities continuously.
    • Bending, reaching, stretching, foot (pedaling) and lifting ≤ 50 Lbs. frequently.
    • Eye/hand coordination, handling, & wrist motion continuously.
  • Environmental:
    • Exposure to dust, smoke, fumes, odors, grease, oil, chemicals, wet/hot conditions, & noise continuously.
    • Works outside & inside. 



  • Competitive wages
  • Comprehensive benefit package Medical, Dental, Vision
  • 401K
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Vacation and Sick Time
  • Career plan
  • Recognition programs
  • Professional development learning
  • An exceptional work environment

Athens will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance and any other applicable state, federal or local laws. EEO/M/F/disability/veteran


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