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Straus Family Creamery

Production Assistant

16.00 per hour
Marshall, CA
Full time

Straus Family Creamery

Founded in 1994, Straus Family Creamery is a mission-driven, family-owned-and-operated business dedicated to making premium organic dairy products, with minimal processing. The Straus Dairy Farm and Creamery, located in the small town of Marshall on the Northern California Coast, was the first certified organic dairy farm west of the Mississippi River and the first 100% certified organic creamery in the United States.

Position overview


• Package requested quantities of organic dairy products – yogurt, milk, butter, ice cream, etc. – as specified by daily production plan
• Ensure that the quality of the product meets or exceeds standards
• Assist on product and line change-overs
• Maintain work areas neat and clean
• Minimize product loss
• Safely operate electric and manual pallet jacks, as needed
• Comply with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), and any/all established processes and policies, whether established by their manager, by the company or by law
• Follow all communicated health, safety, security, and emergency requirements
• Work in a safe manner and communicate any safety hazard to a member of management
• Participate in weekly team meetings, biweekly huddles, safety meetings and other Company meetings, as requested
• Ensure work is produced in the most sustainable manner
• Maintain excellent attendance
• Scheduling flexibility – to work different shifts when required and to work weekends to support operation of a 24/7 facility
• Other duties as requested

Full-time/Hourly (Hours: 4 am to 12:30 pm or 6 am to 2:30 pm, OT as needed)
Non-exempt hourly – $16.00 per hour

Education and Experience

• Previous experience in a food production/processing facility, preferred
• Prefer those who can communicate verbally in English and Spanish with cross-functional team members, supervisors and other team members
• Prefer those familiar with or that have an aptitude for basic computer and inventory control programs

Knowledge and Skill Requirements

• Comprehension of basic math calculations in order to verify product counts
• Ability to calmly respond to equipment or other problems and find solutions
• Ability to work under pressure in a dynamic environment
• Ability to perform with a high level of professionalism
• Organized, flexible and enjoy the challenges of a diverse team and programs
• Strong listening skills and a strong attention to detail
• Self-motivated

Physical Requirement

• Ability to work in a manufacturing/warehouse environment
• Extended periods of standing, squatting, walking, climbing, bending, stooping, pushing, pulling, and stooping, turning the head and torso, reaching, grasping, bending and flexing the arms, legs, wrists, hands, and fingers. – Repetitive at times.
• Full organoleptic (sight, smell, taste) as well as audio and vocal senses are necessary to evaluate and make sound decisions on product quality and production processes
• The ability to climb and balance is essential
• Ability to withstand temperatures ranging from -20° to 100° Fahrenheit
• Ability to work in confined spaces
• Ability to work in cold, wet, humid environments
• Ability to work in high allergen environments
•Ability to withstand noise produced by manufacturing and warehouse machinery up to 90 decibels
• Ability to lift, hold and/or carry 55 pounds, unassisted
• Ability to work on a computer and look at a computer screen for short periods of time

The above description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed and not construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for the position.

Team Benefits

• Fully sponsored medical & dental, and LTD benefits for employees
• 7 paid holidays per year
• Training & Development
• PTO and floating holidays
• 401k with company match
• Partially sponsored gym/health club dues
• Free ESL & Citizenship prep classes
• Straus sponsored soccer & softball teams
• Community food, fresh fruit, and snacks
• Generous discounts on dairy products for employees
• All the ice cream you can eat and delicious organic milk you can drink, while at work

Straus is an equal opportunity employer