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Forklift Operator

Position Title

Forklift Operator


Pay Rate:

$24.12 per hour (+ shift differential of $.50 per hour working night shift/ 3rd shift)


Sign on Bonus:      

$500 after 30 days,

$500 after 6 months,

$500 after 1 year and an additional bonus at 2 years



Hourly Full-Time. Night shift: 7pm – 7am. 12 hour shift.


-The plant operates 24/7 with 12 hour shifts on a 2-2-3 shift schedule. (The team will work 2 consecutive shifts, followed by 2 days off, 3 shifts, then 2 days off, 2 shifts, and 3 days off. This shift schedule offers a 3-day weekend every other week.)

-Must be willing to work overtime and weekends as needed; significant overtime may be needed during busy periods


Physical Location:

Tampa Box Plant

6706 N 53rd St

Tampa, FL 33610


The Job You Will Perform:

  • Safely operate a sit down forklift;
  • Verify and maintain records on incoming and outgoing shipments, and prepare items for shipment;
  • Load and unload trailers;
  • Complete pre-start forklift maintenance inspection report;
  • Follow proper trailer loading and unloading lock-out/tag-out procedure;
  • Complete receiving report to accurately record materials received;
  • Submit receiving reports after trailer is unloaded;
  • Complete load sheet to accurately record the grades, bale count, loading start/stop times for finished goods on outbound shipments;
  • Complete and submit load sheet at completion of shipment;
  • Understand and follow load pattern according to trailer, railcart
  • Follow all safety rules and practices at all times; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervision.


The Skills You Will Bring:

  • Minimum of 2 years forklift experience
  • Previous forklift operating experience in an industrial manufacturing or other labor intensive work experience is required
  • A background as an order picker is preferred
  • Corrugated industry manufacturing environment preferred
  • Know what a monotrol pedal is and how it operates
  • Be able to multitask in a very fast-paced environment
  • Be computer literate and effectively use scanning equipment and arranging for the transportation of products
  • The ability to learn; and the ability to follow instructions, ask questions, and work effectively as a member of a team.


The Benefits You Will Enjoy:

  • International Paper offers a benefits package that includes health, welfare and retirement plans including Medical, Dental, Life insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, Short-term Disability, 401(k) and/or Pension (where applicable), Paid Time Off, Education & Development (including Tuition Reimbursement), and Voluntary Benefits including insurance for home, auto, vision and pets.


The Career You Will Build:

  • Promotional opportunities
  • Leadership training


The Impact You Will Make:

We continue to build a better future for people, the planet, and our company! IP has been a good steward of sustainable practices across communities around the world for more than 120 years. Join our team and you’ll see why our team members say they’re Proud to be IP.


The Culture You Will Experience:

International Paper promotes employee well-being by providing safe, caring and inclusive workplaces. We have team members all around the world with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. These are our strengths. We are committed to creating a culture where all individuals are respected, valued, engaged and have an opportunity to do their best work every day. We invite you to bring your uniqueness, creativity, talents, experiences, and safety mindset to be a part of our increasingly inclusive and diverse culture.


The Company You Will Join:

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global supplier of renewable fiber-based products. We produce corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable worldwide commerce, and pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal care products that promote health and wellness. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., we employ approximately 38,000 colleagues globally. We serve customers worldwide, with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, North Africa and Europe. Net sales for 2021 were $19.4 billion. Additional information can be found by visiting


International Paper is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. 


Tampa, FL, US, 33610

Category:  Hourly Job
Date:  May 1, 2023

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