Forklift Operator

Hawthorne Gardening Santa Rosa , CA 95402

Posted 1 week ago

Job Description:

At the Hawthorne Gardening Company (HGC) we want our people to empower more people to garden no matter where and how they choose to grow. We accomplish this by encouraging people to live happier, healthier lives through gardening. If you also feel this way then you'd fit in great with us!

The Forklift Operator is responsible for operating a forklift or other equipment to move, locate, relocate, stack, and count merchandise. The Operator is accountable for the safe and efficient operation of the vehicle and may also be required to perform Order Filler and Checker duties.



Unload inbound shipments safely and move product to storage locations.

Efficiently stack and store the merchandise in the appropriate areas.


Ensure inbound and outbound shipments are accurate and free of damage.

Report quality variances.

Order Picking:

Pull and prepare product for shipment, ensuring that the exact number and type of product is loaded and shipped.

Perform picking duties in an efficient manner that meets customer service standards.


Efficiently move product from staging and/or storage areas into rail cars or trailers.


Load, unload, move, stack, and stage product and materials using a forklift, clamp truck, or other power equipment.

Use radio frequency equipment for picking, receiving, put away, and load functions, as required.

Maintain the facility's equipment and materials in a neat, clean, and orderly fashion.

On a daily basis, inspect and perform minor maintenance on the forklift or other equipment.

Operate all equipment in a safe and efficient manner following prescribed work methods.


Keep appropriate records and reports to guarantee that tight inventory control and security are maintained.

Assist in physical inventories.

Ensure proper stock rotation.


Maintain a clean, neat, and orderly work area.

Assist in maintaining the security of the warehouse.

Conduct operations in a manner that promotes safety.

Comply with OSHA and MSDS Standards.


Preferred education level is a High School Diploma or GED.

Must have at least one year experience operating a forklift.

Must be able to do basic math functions such as adding, subtracting and dividing.

Must be able to read orders for picking and staging of products.

Must be able to complete the pre-shift inspection forms. Must be able to pass the Scotts forklift exams and obtain and maintain a valid operator's license.

Not interested in this role? Check out our other career opportunities and learn more about what it's like to work at Hawthorne Gardening Company by accessing our Talent Network: HGC Talent Network

The Hawthorne Gardening Company is a start-up company focused on hydroponic gardening. Dedicated to creating high quality products founded in social and environmental responsibility.

Backed by the largest lawn and garden company in the U.S. (Scotts Miracle-Gro, NYSE: SMG) we bring new ideas, values, and culture to our endeavors without the constraints of a large corporation. We are an energetic, progressive-minded, sustainability-focused group of highly-motivated individuals, eager to share our love of gardening with the world.

The brands and products within our portfolio include: Sunlight Supply, General Hydroponics, General Organics, Vermicrop, Botanicare, AeroGarden, CanFilters and Gavita Lighting.

Hawthorne Gardening Company is an EEO Employer, dedicated to a culturally diverse, drug free workplace.

EEO/AA Employer/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

Notification to Agencies:

Please note that the Hawthorne Gardening Company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Hawthorne Gardening Company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.

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