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City Harvest Safety Operations Associate in New York, New York

Today, City Harvest is New York City’s largest food rescue organization, helping to feed the more than 1.5 million New Yorkers who are struggling to put meals on their tables. We will rescue 153 million pounds of food this year and deliver it, free of charge, to hundreds of food pantries, soup kitchens and other community partners across the five boroughs. Our programs help food-insecure New Yorkers access nutritious food that fits their needs and desires; increase our partners’ capacity; and strengthen the local food system, building a path to a food-secure future for all New Yorkers. To learn more about our work, visit CityHarvest.org.

City Harvest is seeking a flexible and highly motivated Safety & Operations Associate to provide support within our (3) three major areas of our operations – transportation, warehouse, and supply chain production. Candidates will need to be versatile and flexible within this position as support within these three areas will interchange throughout the week to meet the needs of the departments. This position will be responsible for:

In Transportation – providing support to the Transportation Team by providing external on-site navigation assistance (spotting) to City Harvest trailers as they deliver in and around the City Harvest Warehouse, agencies, and donor sites. This will be done by using a small profile vehicle (van) to follow behind the tractor trailer(s) as they complete their route.

In Warehouse – providing support to the Warehouse Team with loading and offloading food donations from City Harvest trucks/trailers, and maneuvering pallets of donations within the City Harvest warehouse site.

In Supply Chain Production - providing support to the Supply Chain Production Team with packaging bulk items into individual meals on production line, rebuilding retail donation cases onto pallets, and gather produce items, removing damaged packaged to prepare for distribution to end user.

The Safety & Operations Associate should possess experience and knowledge within a transportation and warehousing environment, be able to work within various conditions and with multiple departments and levels of leadership.

Major Areas of Responsibility

  • Facilitate the flow of traffic via spotting City Harvest trucks/trailers in and around the City Harvest warehouse, agencies, and donor sites, ensuring trucks are maneuvered safely into correct parking.

  • Load and offload goods and raw materials from trucks/trailers at the City Harvest Warehouse

  • Maneuver and store pallets of goods and raw materials within the City Harvest warehouse site

  • Use of material handling equipment to fulfill orders. This includes but is not limited to electric pallet jacks, forklifts, and hand trucks.

  • Weigh and count items for distribution within the warehouse to ensure conformance to company standards

  • Help maintain a clean and organized warehouse work area. This includes sweeping and general housekeeping as needed

  • May be assigned facilities maintenance duties as needed

  • Break down of bulk items in smaller packaging on the production line

  • Rebuild retail donation cases onto pallets, and glean produce items, removing damaged packaged to prepare for distribution to end user

  • Be a strong team player and establish and maintain positive relationships with co-workers and others; willingly assist co-workers when necessary

  • Other duties as assigned by managers

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Transportation and warehousing experience

  • Strong listening and verbal communication skills

  • Knowledge of medium duty and heavy duty trucks a plus

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office, specifically Excel, and routing or dispatching systems a plus

  • Bi-lingual in English/Spanish a plus

    Education and Experience

  • High School Diploma

  • A valid driver’s license with clean driving abstract

  • Experience in handling food and beverages a plus

  • Prior experience in spotting trucks/trailers a plus

  • Warehouse experience in a distribution or fulfillment center a plus

    Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Must be able to regularly lift a minimum of 25 lbs. of weight, but no employee shall be required to lift, transport or otherwise handle materials or objects with a per unit weight greater than 50 pounds unless the Employer provides an appropriate lifting/transporting/handling device(s)

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to frequently stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms for an extended period of time

  • Capable of climbing in and out of a truck repeatedly

  • Required to physically operate material handling equipment

  • Schedule flexibility to include nights and weekends

  • Ability to read and write in English fluently and coherently

    Why choose City Harvest?

    • Competitive market salaries

    • Full benefits offerings (incl. medical, dental, vision) with employer contributions towards premiums

    • Employer-provided life insurance

    • Discounted staff perks (e.g. movie tickets, gym memberships, cellular plans)

    • 403(b) retirement savings plan with employer-matching

    • Generous time off

    • Professional development opportunities

    There are many fantastic reasons to choose a career with City Harvest. In addition to fighting food insecurity in New York, City Harvest offers a competitive salary, full benefits (including medical, dental, and vision) with employer contributions towards premiums, employer-provided life insurance, and a 403(b) retirement savings plan with matching employer contributions. We also offer discounted staff perks (movie tickets, gym memberships, cellular plans, etc.), generous time off, and professional development opportunities.

    City Harvest will be moving all operations to Sunset Park, Brooklyn beginning Fall 2021.

    At City Harvest, we enjoy working in a team-based environment and value the benefits of a diversified workplace. City Harvest is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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