Hatchery Worker Labor

At Tyson Foods, the safety of our team members is our top priority.  For that reason, successful applicants for this position must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by their 45th day of employment.  Successful applicants will need to show proof of at least 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine on or before their start date.
Location: Blairsville Hatchery, Blairsville, GA        

Schedule: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, with alternating Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shifts, including holidays

Hours: 6:40 p.m until job is complete. Typically these positions generally average 40 hours a week.  

Work schedule is subject to change based upon production needs.
Starting Wage:  $16.45

Plus, additional shift differential for evenings, nights and weekends.

Competitive benefits, including:

  • Health, dental and vision insurance
  • Life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance
  • Short- and long-term disability insurance
  • Critical illness, accident and hospital indemnity insurance
  • 401(k)
  • Stock purchase plan
  • Educational Assistance Program (including GED assistance, Citizenship assistance, ESL and tuition reimbursement)
  • Referral incentives
  • Paid vacation
  • Paid holidays


Position Summary:

This position is responsible for the inspection of chicks in the hatchers to ascertain quality and fitness for processing. Pull chicks and place in boxes for processing, properly dispose of substandard chicks, sanitize trays and hatchery equipment. Clean and disinfect setters and hatchers.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Remove chick boxes from hatchers and place them on belt. (25%)
  • Operate chick counter. (25%)
  • Operate box washer. (25%)
  • Clean and sanitize hatchers and setters. (15%)
  • Operate a high pressure and regular water hose (4%)
  • Maintains foot pans and hand sanitizers and maintain a clean an organized work area. (3%)
  • Record temperature readings. (3%)
  • TSA: Must agree to submit to a Security Threat Assessment.

Biosecurity/Animal Welfare Requirements:

  • The jobsite is a biosecure environment which requires showering, changing clothing and footwear before entering the facility.  Appropriate clothing and footwear is provided by the Company.  No jewelry may be worn on the jobsite except for medical ID jewelry and body piercings covered by clothing.  Must be willing to sign an agreement to avoid any avian species (chickens, ducks, birds, etc.). Must be willing to sign and abide by the Company Biosecurity and Company Animal Welfare Guidelines.

 Physical Demands and Work Environment 

  • Physical:  Must use safe lifting techniques.  Must regularly push or pull chick boxes weighing up to 125 lbs. Must push/pull stacks of chicks weighing up to 500 lbs. (on wheels). Must regularly lift up to 50 lbs. including overhead reaching. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand majority of shift (concrete floor); walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; bend over; talk or hear.  Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision; distance vision; color vision; peripheral vision; depth perception; and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Environment: Required to work on wet, slippery surfaces and also in hot, dry, dusty, wet and cold environments.
  • Personal Protective Equipment Required:  Safety Glasses, Safety goggles, face shield, chemical gloves, waterproof apron, and rubber boots are required when handling chemicals.  Ear plugs and ear muffs will be used as needed.
  • Chemicals Commonly Used: Formaldehyde is in use at the facility, disinfectant, lubricants and virocid.
  • Tools and Equipment: High Pressure hose
  • Safety: Team Member is expected to follow all applicable safety policies and procedures.  These include but are not limited to Hazard Communication, Respiratory Protection, Lock out Tag out, and Personal Protective equipment.  Team Member is expected to identify, address, and mitigate safety related risks.
  • Candidates must reside within the current recruitment area to include the following counties:  Union, Rabun, Fanning , Townes, GA and Clay, Cherokee, NC
  • Candidates with agricultural or production experience will be considered preferred.
  • Candidate must have at least twelve consecutive months of work experience with the same employer and no additional gaps in employment greater than six months with the last 36 months.