Daily Farm Updates Thursday, July 29, 2021

Equipment Operator (Seasonal)

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Equipment Operators are an integral part of guests’ experience on the farm. Equipment operators control and drive equipment used for our hayride, train, wagon ride, and pumpkin valet. These positions require advanced safety training to meet CGO specific safety requirements and will be granted access to equipment after successfully completing a driving test. High attention to detail is also imperative in reporting malfunctions or other equipment-related issues. We are looking for individuals who are family-friendly, can give customer service with a smile, and be able to assist us in creating memories that last a lifetime.

Equipment Operator Jobs Overviews

Wagon Ride Driver (Must be 18 years of age or older): The priority is guest safety and positive guest interactions. This person will operate the wagon ride and drive it on its course. You will also assist the wagon ride attendant if necessary, in onboarding and offboarding guests. Light inspection of the tractor and carts is required and reporting any problems to either the Farm Mechanic or Owner. This position must be 18 years of age or older and carry a valid driver’s license. You will be required to pass the tractor driving test. This position will be given with first priority to returning staff and will open up to new employees if openings exist.

Pumpkin Valet Driver (Must be 18 years of age or older): The pumpkin valet driver is an equipment operator position which will drive a trailer full of pumpkins from the patch to the valet station and take empty totes back. Your first priority is guest safety and positive guest interactions. You will also assist the valet station and pumpkin patch staff if necessary. Light inspection of the tractor and trailer is required and reporting any problems to either the Farm Mechanic or Owner. This position must be 18 years of age or older and carry a valid driver’s license. You will be required to pass the tractor driving test. This position will be given with first priority to returning staff and will open up to new employees if openings exist.

How to Apply

  1. Open the application

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  2. Review the application

    As you will see on the application, we recommend reviewing the entire screen and gathering all information before beginning to complete the form. The sections that follow that screen must be completed immediately afterward and will take approximately an additional 10 minutes to complete.

It is the policy of Center Grove Orchard to provide equal opportunity in employment to all persons. An individual shall not be denied equal access to employment opportunities because of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or physical or mental disability.

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