Plant Operator – Salem, OR

Current Need:  Plant Operator – Graveyard Schedule

Three 12 hour shifts, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 7pm-7am

Plant Operators produce large volumes of quality biodiesel. Maintain equipment and facilities; and communicate production stats and needs to different levels of management. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Regularly interact with, and occasionally repair, valves, pipes, tanks, and electrical switches
  • Operate transfer pumps to receive, move, and ship bulk liquids
  • Operate vacuum trucks and forklifts
  • Process materials into finished biodiesel by following a set of standard operating procedures
  • Test material samples for chemical and physical characteristics
  • Regularly perform quality control measures
  • Understand ‘24/7 production schedule’—work with management to deploy planned downtime-maintenance in a manner that is safe, productive, and as undisruptive as possible

Communication and Administrative

  • Plan, prioritize, and communicate weekly activities
  • Maintain shipping and receiving tickets
  • Continually update ‘Plant Status Log’
  • Maintain facilities related reports and spreadsheets


  • Regularly perform production equipment safety audits; prioritize and respond to all concerns

Experience and Competencies

  • Passion for biofuels and sustainability
  • Schedule flexibility; must be able to work 3, 12-hour shifts per week (schedule is generally 3 days on, 4 days off)
  • General mechanical ability (understanding of pumps, pipes, valves, etc.) strongly preferred
  • Brewing, and/or QA/QC production experience preferred
  • Welding knowledge/application preferred
  • Understanding of environmental hazards management/planning and remediation
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication, English literacy (multilingual applicants encouraged to apply)
  • Working knowledge/application of MS Word/Excel
  • Adaptability
  • Stress tolerance
  • Forklift certification 

Physical Demands

  • Ability to stand, sit, walk, push, pull, work in splayed positions, and carry materials up to 100 pounds daily
  • Ability to work for long period outdoors in temperature/precipitation extremes typical of Oregon’s climate
  • Absence of pulmonary, cardiovascular, psychological, and anatomic conditions that would interfere with the ability to wear a respirator
  • Ability to wear protective equipment on the head, face, hands, and feet in accordance with safety requirements
  • Ability to work in varying noise levels, and to wear hearing protection as required
  • Work schedule Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday 7am-7pm

Compensation and Benefits

  • Starting wage is $16.40 per hour
  • Competitive medical, dental, vision, and life insurance
  • Three weeks paid vacation (PTO) each year
  • Seven paid holidays per year
  • 401K with  50% match