Hatchery Laborer

  • Waterford, CA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Foster Farms has been a family-owned and operated company for four generations. Since our founding days back in 1939, we have always been committed to providing consumers with the highest-quality, best-tasting poultry products available. The hope is that our commitment to excellence, honesty, quality, service, and our people will shine through in everything we do.

We are always looking for talented individuals to join the Foster Farms team. We offer the experience of a large organization, but operate like a family business. More than half of our job openings are filled by internal promotion, and we encourage employees to gain a variety of experiences across different functional groups.

Job Description

 Rate: $11.00 to $12.05

Purpose of Position: To receive, prepare, and sort eggs for the purpose of setting a higher quality egg pack to the incubators. Prepare supplies and load backhauls ensuring clean supplies and maximizing backhaul ratio. Maintain accurate inventories ensuring oldest eggs set first. Operate the Automatic Rack Transfer machine in a safe manner while maximizing efficiencies. Clean and disinfect buildings and equipment so that each will pass quality control bacterial level standards. Pull hatcher racks, load chicks onto the separator, grade chicks, operate hatcher basket stackers and palletize serviced chicks. Transfer eggs from incubators through In-Ovo injection equipment to hatchers while minimizing breakage and temperature shock to developing embryos.

Essential Job
Functions:

Prepare egg sets using Automatic Rack Transfer machine and SST pallets or from other types of supplies, by hand or with vacuum operated egg shifter. Prepare egg supplies—build clean SST pallets of flats to backhaul height. Load onto trucks with pallet jack. Receive  eggs from Colorado, Arkansas, and outside purchase. Unload and ready these eggs for traying. Unload eggs using a  mechanical or power jack. 

Responsible for using high pressure hose to clean and disinfect buildings and equipment (i.e., hatcher rooms, hatcher trays, hatcher racks, egg flats, hatching machines, set hall, and tray wash room). 

Pull hatcher racks, load chicks onto the separator,  and palletize serviced chicks. Rack pulling. Transport hatcher racks full of chicks to the service area. Ensure proper operation of spray vaccination machine.  Grade chicks for quality. 

Transfer scheduled eggs from incubators through the In-Ovo injection equipment to the
proper hatcher. Using power/garden hose and equipment-cleaning cart sanitize equipment and rooms after transfer. Responsible for removing broken and/or highly contaminated eggs from hatcher
trays.



Qualifications

Ability to repeatedly lift 60 lbs. To a height of 60”.

Ability to move1,500 lb. Rack (on wheels) through rooms.

Ability to meet company pallet jack and/or forklift licensing requirements.

Ability to disinfect equipment and rooms safely and effectively.

Must adhere to disease control program.

Ability to bend, stoop, and reach above head.

Ability to operate disinfectant equipment as well as tray washer.

Ability to work in a wet environment with temperature ranges.

Basic math skills.

Ability to work in dusty (chick down) environment.

Ability to meet company productivity and quality standards.


Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Foster Farms is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities, Females, Veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Foster Farms participates in E-Verify during the hire process at all locations for all new employees.