Yakima, Washington, United States, United States

Posted on: 2022-07-21

Category: agritech

Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:



Salary not provided

Technical Operator

About the company:

We use nature’s own technology to make fruits and vegetables last longer in order to drastically reduce food waste—from farmer to grocer to kitchen tables around the world.

JOIN OUR TEAM. Check out http://www.apeel.com/jobs for career opportunities. You’ll join a group of committed, passionate individuals who are excited about the opportunity to build and implement new technologies with a global reach.

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES. We hire undergraduate and graduate-level students with backgrounds in Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Materials, Computer Science, Math, Statistics, and related fields.

Apeel's investors include Andreessen Horowitz, DBL Partners, Upfront Ventures, S2G Ventures, Powerplant Ventures, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and The Rockefeller Foundation. Visit us at apeel.com to learn more.

At Apeel, we look to nature to help the global food system extend quality, prevent waste, and ensure an abundant future for our planet.

We believe that our most essential ingredient in our recipe for success is our people. We strive to cultivate an environment where everyone is welcomed, and can bring their full, authentic selves into everything they do at Apeel. Humility, Ingenuity, Leadership and Teamwork are the values that define us and how we work with each other, customers, and communities across the globe.

Full vaccination against COVID-19 required, unless you qualify for a federally protected exemption.

About This Role

We are seeking an independent, strongly team oriented Technical Operator to join our team. In this role, you will be working directly with Apeel’s Field Operations team and Apeel’s customers in their packing house facilities, to support the application of the Apeel product to fresh produce. You will ensure operations are fast and efficient while creating an environment that puts people, safety, and quality first. You will also be responsible for transporting produce in your own vehicle from our treatment site to our Product Quality office. 

This opportunity is based in Yakima, WA. This is a shift-work position, and the schedule will vary to include early mornings, nights, weekends, and holidays. 

What You’ll Do

  • Safely and effectively support the Technical Field Specialist team who are mixing and applying Apeel product onto produce (ie - “treatment”), while complying with Standard Operating Procedures 
  • Transport produce from one physical location to another within a 20-mile radius 
  • Make adjustments to the treatment line and the produce be treated, during treatment and operation of the equipment, to ensure the process is operating effectively. 
  • Support cleaning and sanitization of treatment systems per FDA regulations, to meet Food Safety requirements 
  • Support others while completing preventative maintenance tasks and repairs
  • Learn about what impacts produce quality 
  • Develop/maintain strong positive relationships with customers to coordinate operations
  • Perform accurate and precise testing on produce using Apeel lab equipment

What You Bring

  • 1+ years of experience working in a produce packing house, post-harvest applications, field services, agriculture, food & beverage or chemical manufacturing 
  • Good interpersonal skills; able to work cross-functionally with all departments
  • Detailed and able to follow instructions 
  • Good hazard recognition and applicable controls, related to working with and around operating equipment 
  • Familiar with Microsoft Office and Google Suite including: Excel, Email, Calendar, etc.
  • Ability to work indoors/outdoors in cold and/or hot environments and lift up to 50 lbs
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including nights, weekends and holidays
  • Must have reliable means of transportation
  • Must have a valid drivers license
  • Must be able to lift/carry up to 50lbs
  • Must be able to lift/carry up to 25lbs for up to 2 hours total per day
  • Must be able to lift/carry up to 10 pounds for up to 4 hours per day

Apeel believes that the scale of our impact is determined by the teams that work with us. As such, we seek to build high-performing teams of people from various experiences and backgrounds who can collectively push our company into new realms. We seek a diverse pool of applicants and consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, ancestry, color, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, Veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status. If you have a special need or disability that requires accommodation, please let us know.