Laying Caretaker

Posted: 02/09/2023

Laying Caretaker:
Starting Wage:  $16.00
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 holidays
  • Earned time off
  • Paid vacation
Schedule:  Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday including holidays and weekends.
Hours: Beginning at 7:00 am until job complete. Typically, these positions average 40 hours a week. Work schedule is subject to change based upon production needs.
Position Summary:
  • This position is responsible for caring of hens in laying houses, the inspection of eggs to ascertain quality and fitness for incubation, in care and movement of birds within the hen farm complex, and laundry of farm clothing.
Minimum Requirements:
  • Qualified applicants must have at least 6 months of work experience with one employer over the past 3 years with no gaps in employment of over 6 months. (Exceptions are made for layoffs, attending school, or the birth of a child)
  • Candidates must reside within the current recruitment area to include the following counties: White, Hall, Lumpkin, Habersham, and Banks
  • Candidates with agricultural or production experience will be considered preferred
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Egg gathering (30%)
  • Collects eggs off an automatic belt system and inspects eggs to determine fitness for hatchability.
  • Marks all eggs with appropriate line identification.
  • Loads egg flats into transport containers.
  • Completes daily and weekly production reports by recording data accurately and legibly.
  • Flock care (10%)
  • Walks floors and slats daily gathering floor eggs and mortality.
  • Communicates flock issues to supervisor
  • Communicates equipment problems to supervisor and/or maintenance
  • House Setup (20%)
  • Operates scales fee augers, and hopper; routinely repairs slats
  • Sets water and feed line heights, understands lighting schedule, sets timers, and replaces bulbs
  • Monitors house, flushes lines, mixes medications, and medicates birds
  • Operates thermostats, resets Hi-Lo thermometers, operates and adjusts cool cells
  • Sets fans, curtains, and thermos-alarms based in Summer and Winter Ventilation schedules
  • Sets sight tubes, flush lines, checks and correct flock shocks, and runs medications/vaccines
  • Grass cutting and change rat bait (30%)
  • Cleans restrooms and laundry at comfort station and minor maintenance (changing belts and motors) (10%)       
Biosecurity/Animal Welfare Requirements:
  • The jobsite is a bio-secure environment which requires showering, changing clothing and footwear before entering the facility. The Company provides appropriate clothing and footwear. No jewelry may be worn on the jobsite except for medical ID jewelry and body piercings covered by appropriate 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 Bio-security and Company Animal Welfare Guidelines.
Physical Demands and Work Environment 
  • Physical:  Must use safe lifting techniques. Must regularly lift and/or move up to thirty pounds and may be required to lift and/or move up to one hundred pounds at times. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk or hear; and drive a vehicle to and from the job sites. 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 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 earmuffs will be used as needed.
  • During the current Pandemic (2020), all Team Members may be required to wear company issued facial coverings. Training will be provided to each Team Member specific to their job and their facility location in addition to signing an acknowledgement form they understand these expectations. It is considered an essential function of each job for a Team Member to wear the company issued facial coverings. If a Team Member indicates they will not wear the mask, they will not be considered for the position in which they are applying or any position that requires the facial covering. If a Team Member has a medical condition or disability that prevents them from wearing the mask, Cobb will engage in an interactive process to determine whether a reasonable accommodation can be provided that addresses the safety concerns associated with the Pandemic and allow the Team Member to perform the essential functions of the job.
  • Chemical Commonly Used: Phenolic based disinfectants.
  • 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.