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Now Hiring Regional Class A Driver

Must be meeting performance expectations and no safety incidents. Applicable taxes apply.

Employee gets 100% paid benefits after (1) year of employment. 50% of dependent coverage after 3 years!

REFER a friend receive $500 bonus!

401 K with 4% matching

Free produce to take home.

Schedule: Schedule Dispatch Sunday at 11pm, return Tuesday by 1pm, Dispatch Wednesday 11pm return Thursday by 1pm.

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Come work for a company that’s at the forefront of the organic industry!

Earl’s Organic Produce, Inc., a leading distributor of organic produce throughout Northern California for over 30 years, seeks a skilled and safe Regional Class A Delivery Driver for our San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market headquarters.

The Regional Class A Delivery Driver position is responsible for delivering palletized orders to EOP’s customer in Central and Southern California and other parts of the West Coast.

 

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

 

Will be required to operate all types of equipment to perform all safety functions, including, but not limited to, operating manual transmission, chaining tires, etc. and must be skilled and qualified to drive in all types of terrain, routes and environmental conditions;

Responsible for safely operating a tractor-trailer in the transportation of freight with Company, Federal, State and Local laws with regard to run times and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations;

Must adhere to FMCSA requirements of those holding a Commercial Driver’s License.

Maintain records required with compliance with local, state and federal regulations;

Ensure security of equipment and cargo;

Conduct pre-trip and post-trip inspections to ensure safe working conditions of the tractor and trailer prior to each trip and at the end of each trip;

Check gauges and visual indicators for malfunctions, ensure seal or lock on trailers and conducts inspection of vehicle before and during trips to determine problems that may be occurring;

Promptly report all maintenance problems to the Transportation manager or supervisor;

Provide professional and courteous service to our customers and the general public;

Punctuality and regular and reliable attendance.

Position requirements include:
– Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
– Class A California driver’s license required
– Able to operate an electric Pallet Jack

– Ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs. on a regular basis
– Able to operate a hand truck
– 2-3 years delivery driving experience, preferably with a fresh produce company but not necessary
– Ability to read directions and use a street map to plot delivery route
– Ability to maintain logs and records

– Strong communication skills
– Excellent customer service ability
– Ability to respond to feedback from others
– Ability to present oneself professionally in customer-facing situations
– Ability to maintain respect and composure in stressful situations
– Attention to detail
– Desire to support other team members
– High energy!
– Desire to grow individually and to learn how to best support other team members
– Ability to read, write and understand English
– Basic Warehouse experience

The above is only a basic description of the position and it does not, nor is it intended to, outline all of the specifics of the responsibilities expected to be performed.

BENEFITS

Earl’s Organic Produce provides a highly competitive compensation package, including: • medical • dental • vision • LTD voluntary life insurance • 401K with 4% Matching •  Quarterly Incentives

After one year of employment, we pay 100% of medical benefits for employee only. After 3 years we cover 50% of dependents costs.

Earl’s Organic Produce is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We work to embrace diversity in all its forms and strive to be an inclusive community that fosters an open, enlightened and productive environment. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Pay rate: Talk to us, we want to work with you. We want quality, experienced, safe drivers to join our team!

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter, resume, and three references via email or come directly to:

Earls Organic Produce
2101 Jerrold Ave., Suite 100
San Francisco, CA 94124

Earl’s Organic Produce is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Job Type: Full-time

Reed Avocados As Large As A Softball

Reed avocados are an employee favorite!  Reeds are round and can grow as large as a softball with a large amount of edible flesh in relation to the size of the pit. The flesh has a rich and smoky flavor and the pebbled skin remains green when ripe.  Reeds are ready to eat when they yield to slight pressure. The skin is easy to peel and also thick enough that you can mash up the avocado and eat it right out of its own shell!  

 

Earl’s Organic Buyer’s Notes June 20, 2021

The California Cherry season has come to an abrupt end. We will see some Rainier Cherries out of the Pacific Northwest this week followed by Bing. Burkart apriums are done and the sweet Patterson apricot is in good volume.  Earl’s sells stone fruit by the variety. Each week see the latest varieties and download our stone fruit calendars.

Temperatures over the past week reached over 110 degrees in many growing regions including Salinas Valley and Bakersfield. The heat affects our food production, putting not only the plants and fruit at risk but the people harvesting our food.  Read the full story and  download all the latest organic fruit and veg news. 

Aphids Love The High Temperatures

High temperatures for extended periods of time in the Salinas Valley this summer continue to cause an influx of aphids on broccoli,cabbage and kale. Aphids love the heat and it is almost impossible to control organically. We see this happen with organic produce every year when it gets too hot. We asked Lakeside Organics and Josie’s Organics their thoughts on aphids in the Salinas Valley. 

Lakeside told us “As far as aphid and heat are concerned there is definitely a direct impact in our specific location. When it gets really hot in Watsonville this time of year the hills around us start getting dry. When the hills are dry there is less food for the aphid. The aphid head directly downhill to our fields for food and water (our plants and fields). During the warm summer months we always have heavier aphid pressure due to this happening. We combat the aphid a few different ways since we cannot spray. We use a lot of beneficial predatory bugs, bugs like lady bugs LOVE to eat aphis. We also use a bug vacuum designed to suck up the aphids right out of their fields”.  Rodney Braga, President and Farmer for Josie’s Organics said, “The recent weather has brought on more aphids, and by farming organically, we grow in a natural environment free of synthetic pesticides.  We try to control destructive pests with methods, such as, planting a mix of beneficial sunflowers and wildflowers to attract good bugs, like ladybugs, to mitigate pressure from unwanted bugs (in this case, aphids) – we do not intend for any bugs (beneficial or unwanted) to be present on our vegetables, but they do sneak in from time to time .  We do our best to implement a healthy crop rotation and to strategically choose our ranch locations.  All of which depend on climate and time of year.  Although we are no match against the weather, we do all of this in hopes to control aphids to the best of our abilities.”

Early California Heat Wave

Temperatures over the past week reached over 110 degrees in many growing regions including Salinas Valley and Bakersfield. The heat affects our food production, putting not only the plants and fruit at risk but the people harvesting our food. Once the temperature reaches 90-95 degrees it is too hot to be in the field picking and workers need to be sent home. Hot days and fewer hours to pick will affect supply and quality across various commodities.

Some summer fruits such as watermelon, tomatoes and melons like the heat, however if it gets too hot for an extended period of time the plants become stressed, interrupting its production cycle, slowing down the ripening process and preventing necessary nutrients from reaching the plant. For many plants like tomatoes, new fruit will not set in high heat conditions.  The flowers will not pollinate leading to gaps in production in the future.

Brassicas are showing signs of heat stress ( think broccoli, cauliflower, collards, kales etc).  Expect to see a little sunburn on some lettuce varieties.  Romaine and Butter lettuce will show the worst damage with browning around the top of the leaves.  It is unknown the extent of the damage from the heat but there is a good chance we will see shortages in production down the road.  We will continue to update you as we know more.

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