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Cheese Production Laborer -Tower Deck Operator

Gooding, ID 83330

Posted: 05/20/2024 Industry: FOOD PROCESSING Job Number: 2412 Pay Rate: $19.00-20.50/hr.

Job Description

Gem State Staffing is currently accepting applications for two full-time, temporary-to-permanent Food Production Cheese Packager with a dairy foods manufacturer in Gooding. This is a physically-demanding position, as employees are required to repetitively push 500-pound barrels around the production area.

Job Description: Cheese Packagers will clean, monitor, and maintain the tower as it fills 500-pound cheese barrels. Then, they will move the barrels onto carts for sealing. Employees will additionally keep an accurate and thorough written count of the equipment they use and the barrels they prepare, and they will label the barrels, as necessary. The work is repetitive and physically-demanding, as the barrels and packaging equipment is heavy.

General Duties:

  • Remove press plates from barrels
  • Record barrel weights on each line
  • Apply labeling as required by customer
  • Ensure labels read accurate information
  • Monitor the empty dolly conveyors and dolly pickers
  • Ensure sample barrels are segregated appropriately
  • Operate the vacuum sealers to seal cheese liners per SOP’s
  • Keep accurate barrel counts
  • Keep accurate press plate count
  • Maintain paperwork as needed
  • Take sample in accordance with SOP’s as required
  • Communicate with the tower deck operator on the scale during cheese change over’s
  • Prepare carts to receive cheese
  • Keep cheese liners stocked ready to use
  • Assist in fetching and sanitizing of press plates
  • Remove full carts and prepare for sealing
  • Monitor cart return to ensure adequate supply of carts
  • Operate the floor buffer during CIP
  • Make CIP connections in tower mezzanine
  • Foam equipment during CIP
  • Regular and timely attendance required

 ***EARN UP $350 BONUS***This will be paid in two lump sum payments on the scheduled pay date following 120 hours ($175.00) and 336 hours ($175.00) of successful employment and you are in good standing. 

Job Requirements


  • Computer experience helpful
  • Must be dependable and trustworthy
  • Must be accurate in taking samples and performing tests
  • Get along and work well with people
  • Cannot have any lifting restrictions
  • Ability to operate (or learn to operate) necessary equipment
  • Excellent record required in safety, attendance, and punctuality
  • Ability to stand and walk the entire shift if needed
  • Ability to read and write instructions in English
  • Knowledge of the proper use of all cleaning chemicals
  • Must be able to work weekends, and overtime as required
  • Candidates will be required to pass a background screening, pre-employment drug test and physical test.

Job Type: Full-time

Experience: None required for most positions, will be trained. 

Location: Gooding, ID 83330

Work schedule: Day & Night shifts available, 12-hour shifts

How to apply: Apply in-person at Gem State Staffing with two forms of government-issued identification such as driver's license and SSC or U.S. passport or Permanent Resident card at our office – 628 Main Ave. N. in Twin Falls. Application hours are from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

If you are unable to apply within that time frame, please call our office at 208-735-5999; advance application appointments can be arranged. You may also being the application process online at

*** Note: Online applicants will still need to visit the office to complete more paperwork. Applicants who do not follow up in-person will not be considered. ***

Meet Your Recruiter

Patricia Villasenor
Branch Manager- Twin Falls

 Patricia wears many hats in the Twin Falls branch including providing administrative support, sales and marketing, and employee/customer relations. Patricia is a native to Twin Falls and has worked with Gem State Staffing for over 10 years now. She has a strong sense of devotion and specializes in seeking out the best characteristics in a person to get them the best job opportunity possible. Patricia spends her free time with her husband of 18 years, their two adult boys, and their two little fur babies.

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