Forklift Operator

Job type:Seasonal
Business Sector:Production
Job ref:ZR_2484_JOB
Post Date:June 19, 2024

On behalf of Hickory Farms, Headway Workforce Solutions is currently seeking reliable, motivated Forklift Operator positions for the Hickory Farms Distribution Center in Joliet, IL. This is an exciting seasonal position starting in July and closing in late December 2024. The prime function of this position is to operate the Forklift to move supplies throughout the warehouse.

Essential Job Duties Include:

  • Safely and efficiently use material handling equipment (Forklift) to unload, load, pull or move product and supplies throughout the warehouse.
  • Perform daily equipment checks prior to the beginning of assigned shift, including checking the battery, brakes, lift hook controls, and fire extinguisher.
  • Properly count, wrap, and tag items for receipt and shipment, assuring the accuracy of shipping & receiving.
  • Uses supply tickets to ensure proper location of stock within the Warehouse Locator System.
  • Removes selected items from the slot, using efficient physical dexterity and depth perception.
  • Safely transports finished goods to freezer, cooler and dry rack locations.
  • Responsible for the accuracy of inventory transactions and the establishment of proper controls in conjunction with the Warehouse Supervisor.
  • Examining products to verify conformance to quality standards.

Physical Demands:

Applicants must acknowledge that the physical demands of this position are required to successfully fulfill the essential duties of this role.

  • Exert up to 50 lbs and/or 20 lbs of force frequently.
  • Able to stand up a minimum of 8 hours per day.
  • Exposure to frequent temperature changes; cold and warm.
  • Must be able to go in and out of cooler and freezer.
  • Having good eye-hand-foot coordination.


  • 1 year related stand up forklift experience required.
  • Consent to a Hickory Farms’ Drug Screen, Background Check, and Visual Acuity tests.
  • Successful completion of Hickory Farms’ Forklift Driver Training and Certification program.
  • Experience picking orders utilizing an RF scanner.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and mathematical skills relevant to the position.

Hours: 7:00 AM – 3:30 PM, Monday – Friday. Must be willing to work overtime hours as needed.

Pay Rate: $17 per hour

By applying to this position, you hereby acknowledge and consent to being contacted via phone and text by our recruiters, should your application be selected for further consideration.

About Hickory Farms Hickory Farms has been committed to providing unique food gift ideas since 1951. For almost 70 years we’ve offered gift baskets and specialty foods that families across the country enjoy. To learn more about our brand and culture, visit:

About Headway Headway Workforce Solutions is a leading B2B (Business to Business) provider of workforce solutions with an array of contract-based integrated services and national staffing solutions. Passionate about our work and dedicated to our clients, we are committed to exceeding expectations in the human capital service sector. To learn more about us visit:

Headway Workforce Solutions provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, national origin, religion, age, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetics, or protected veteran status. In addition to federal law requirements, Headway Workforce Solutions complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, training, tuition assistance, education, social recreation programs and benefits.

By applying to this position, you hereby acknowledge and consent to being contacted via phone and text by our recruiters, should your application be selected for further consideration.