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Forklift Operator

The Seattle Times, an award-winning newsroom with a history of producing groundbreaking journalism for a broad regional audience, has been independently owned by the local Blethen family for more than 120 years, The Times has won 11 Pulitzer Prizes, the most recent in 2020. It is considered a leader among major metropolitan newsrooms, producing rapid-fire breaking news, deep and richly told narrative and explanatory stories, high-impact investigative reporting, and powerful, gripping visual journalism.

The Seattle Times is looking for a dynamic Forklift Operator (Warehouse Associate) to join our Production team. In this role, you will support our evening and early morning shipping and receiving operations while moving inventory and other products using a forklift. Main duties include preparing shipments, moving material and product, and performing manual labor while completing other typical warehouse duties. You should be comfortable performing basic calculations to ensure accuracy and willing to drive short distances (on occasion).

Benefits: Competitive wages, 401(k) with company match, medical and dental health benefits (with HSA option), vacation, sick time, and paid holidays, and wellness programs.

 

Responsibilities

  • Operate and maintain warehouse equipment, including a forklift, clamp truck, electric pallet jack, and manual pallet jack.
  • Moving rolls of paper between the storage area and the press as well as unloading shipment of paper rolls upon arrival. 
  • Load and unload products into shipping trucks and vans while tracking moving product between departments.
  • Staging empty recycle containers and placing full containers in semi-trailers.
  • Weighing and completing paperwork for mailings, basic inventory, and daily logs.
  • Staging empty pallets for production crews while preparing product pallets for shipping in tight wrap.
  • Maintaining a clean work area and warehouse while emptying garbage dumpsters into large roll off containers when necessary.
  • Prepare and complete orders for delivery and pick up while ensuring deliveries are on schedule.
  • Receive and unload deliveries in a timely manner.
  • Ensure quality service standards while complying with procedures and safety regulations.
  • Occasionally driving a 26-foot box truck to the production warehouse and local post office.
  • Other relevant projects and duties as assigned by a manager.

 

Schedule

Weekend and evening work required. Must be willing to work a staggered schedule each week. Thursday and Friday shift runs from 9:00 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. while Saturday through Monday shifts run from 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

 

Qualifications

  • Experience: At least one year of previous warehouse/industrial experience.
  • Should have a history of reliable attendance. 
  • Must be willing to maintain a current forklift certification.
  • Must have current driver’s license.
  • Basic proficiency in English, both written and oral.
  • Comfortable performing basic arithmetic accurately with calculator.
  • Must be able to stand on a concrete floor for the entirety of one shift (when not operating equipment). 
  • Able and willing to work independently under minimal supervision. 
  • Must be able to lift to 25 pounds regularly and lift 70 pounds occasionally.  
  • Must be able to understand and follow safety guidelines.
  • Must provide two or more recent, relevant references.

 

This role requires a successful drug screen for controlled substances after an offer is extended.

 

Founded in 1896, The Seattle Times continues its tradition as a family-owned, independent newspaper that cuts through the clutter and provides readers with timely, relevant news. As the largest newsroom in the Pacific Northwest, we serve the region with thoughtful journalism that makes a real difference in our community. And as a media solutions company, we combine cutting-edge digital capabilities and service with the values and integrity of respected traditional media… with an established audience of 1.9 million. At The Seattle Times, you’ll find work that matters.

 

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