Equipment Operator (Area 3) in Belle Glade, FL at U.S. Sugar

Date Posted: 5/22/2023

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Position located in Belle Glade


The Equipment Operator position is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of various farm equipment.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Operate a variety of farm machinery and equipment in varying conditions (i.e. heavy traffic, isolated areas, weather, populated areas, etc).  Equipment may include but is not limited to one or more of the following:  tractor, disc, cultivator, water tank, etc.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to make necessary adjustments to the equipment to accommodate changing field conditions and advise Area Manger and/or designated management team member of any problem areas and/or unusual conditions in a timely manner.  
  • Understand and recognize the limitations of the various farm equipment.  
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform service and preventative maintenance functions on a wide range of farm equipment; identify any unusual mechanical changes in the operation of equipment; communicate the state of repair or disrepair to appropriate representative. 
  • Operate basic GPS system and onboard computer.
  • Complete accurate record of time worked according to time tracking procedures.
  • Maintain consistent open lines of communication with Area Manager and management team; promote team atmosphere. 
  • Comply with environmental regulations, safety rules and standards.  Must understand and adhere to all USSC and Agricultural Department’s policies and procedures, including but not limited to, safety policies and procedures. 
  • All other duties as directed by management representatives. 

Job Requirements

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

  • Solid working knowledge of farm equipment and related agricultural operations.
  • Must be able to function independently, demonstrate flexibility and efficient time management and ability to prioritize workload.
  • Must possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action. Exercise good judgment and solid thought process.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with team members and management team.
  • Ability to respond to inquiries from team members, management team or internal customers.
  • Must be able to hand and coordinate multiple duties of an urgent nature.

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to assist individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit.  The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, use hands to handle and/or move various objects, tools and/or controls, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, talk, hear and see. 

Specific vision abilities required by this job include distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. 

Physical requirements also include the following but are not limited to:

  • Ability to freely access all areas of the farms, groves and plant including offices, various equipment, etc.
  • Ability to operate and use all equipment necessary.
  • Ability to safely work on an isolated farm location or in a location where work is being performed with minimal supervision
  • Ability to move or handle various items generally weighing between 0-50 pounds; ability to lift and carry up to 50+ pounds.
  • Ability to work varied hours and days. 
  • Will be expected to work outside in all kinds of weather.

Working Conditions:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee works in outside weather conditions on a regular basis. 

Outside working conditions may be rainy, hot, humid, dusty, windy, etc. depending on the weather as well as the work location.  Some work locations will be isolated which requires the employee to work independently and safely with minimum to no supervision. 

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud. 

Employee may also be required to drive a vehicle for extended time periods. 

The above declarations are not intended to be an “all-inclusive” list of the duties and responsibilities of the job described.  Employees will be expected to follow any other instructions and perform any other duties, as may be required by supervision.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

United States Sugar Corporation provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.