Prepares and spreads custom applications of agronomy products on customers' fields, including dry and / or liquid fertilizer, crop protectants, lime and other treatment products.
Performs general maintenance and repair work to keep equipment in good operating condition. Strictly adheres to established regulations and operating procedures while working independently at customer site.
Essential Job Functions complexity of essential job functions increases with grade level
Transfer dry bulk products from trailers into bulk spreading vehicles. Handle, lift, load equipment and operate controls.
Apply dry fertilizer, crop protectants and other treatment products to customers' fields. Ensure complete coverage to designated areas.
Check equipment for proper application and spread pattern and make corrections as needed.
The essential functions below are required for all grades and locations :
Provide updates and input on equipment condition, supply of materials, productivity and other critical factors.
Advise supervisor of complex equipment issues to ensure timely repair or replacement. Maintain up-to-date maintenance records for equipment and vehicle.
Participate annually in equipment rodeos to ensure equipment quality as well as GrowMaster certification.
May assist with shipping and / or receiving of various fertilizer and crop protectant products as determined by business need.
Effectively utilize forklift and other material handling equipment according to facility procedures.
Perform all related cleaning of equipment, vehicle and work areas according to Housekeeping Plan, Manufacturer's Guidelines and SSC procedures.
Operate all equipment and vehicles according to SSC policy and government regulations. Comply with OSHA regulations, Southern States Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) standards, work rules and policies.
Education : Requires a High School Diploma or General Education Degree (GED)
Prefer previous experience applying fertilizer, crop protectants and other treatment products and / or working an agricultural environment.
Prefer experience operating a forklift. Previous Southern States work experience a plus.
Requirements complexity of requirements increases with grade level
Primarily performs essential job functions outdoors and may not be protected from weather conditions. Occasionally performs essential job functions indoors in an environment that is not climate controlled and experiences temperature and humidity swings.
Frequently exposed to hazards including :
Schedule requirements will vary during peak and off-peak production seasons. Extended hours and / or alternate work schedules are required and may vary by location.
Ability to report to work on time and in adverse weather conditions is required.
Physical Activities & Requirements
This role requires continuous physical activity to perform essential job functions for the duration of the shift. At times extended hours are required.
Description of physical activity is a general summary and may vary by location.
utilize hands in repetitive motion; utilize eye / hand / foot coordination; twist back and neck. Pull, push, lift, carry up to 50 pounds.
Pull, push, lift, carry 50-80 pounds.
Must be able to hear vehicle and equipment sounds, co-workers and radio. Must be able to speak to co-workers and customers regarding production and safety.
Specific vision abilities required by this position include : close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
Tools & Equipment
Hard hat, steel toed shoes, safety glasses, mask (nose & mouth), ear plugs, gloves, respirator, face shield, front end loader, forklift, scale, manuals, forms, spreadsheets, telephone.
Additional personal protective equipment as required by any and all applicator product warning labels. Motor vehicles and specialized applicator tools and equipment, all of which may vary by location.
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.