Position Description

Mill Operator (1st Shift, M-F, 8 am - 5 pm)
Work Location CO - Greeley
Job Code 7866
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D&D Commodities, a business unit of Central Garden and Pet, is a leading company in the bird feeding industry. We are looking to hire a Mill Operator to help us keep growing. If you're serious about your next job, D&D is an ideal place to get ahead. Don't hesitate to apply.

Starting Salary: $17 - $22 DOE


The Mill Operator is responsible for all phases of incoming commodities, equipment operation, and maintenance. Responsibilities include calculating dockage, conducting tests to determine commodity quality, operating the equipment that cleans and moves the grain, and loading/unloading trucks.

Measures of Success

  • Operates the mill including unloading, loading, storing, cleaning, and processing of product for production and shipment.
  • Operates all machinery including forklifts and equipment used in the mill such as sieves, augers, conveyors, stick machines, and gravities.
  • Tests samples, calculates dockage, operates bulk scale, as well as analyzes the percentage of ingredients in samples for product accuracy.
  • Visually and tactually inspects products from incoming shipments to determine cleaning requirements and verifies product compliance to plant standards.
  • Monitors, maintains, and repairs mill equipment.
  • Operates the mill in a safe and responsible manner. 
  • Keeps mill area clean, safe, and up to code. 
  • Climbs grain legs and/or bins to troubleshoot problems and to perform maintenance.
  • Occasionally works in confined spaces.
  • Monitors and maintains inventory.
  • Performs other production duties in addition to operating the mill.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds; ability to sit, stand and /or walk for up to 3 hours at a time in an 8-hour day; ability to frequently grasp, push, pull, bend and climb.

The above-noted measures of success are not intended to describe, in detail, the multitude of tasks that may be assigned but rather to provide a general sense of the responsibilities and expectations of the position. As the nature of business demands change so, too, may the essential functions of this position.

Ideal Candidate Attributes:

  • High school diploma or GED preferred.
  • 1+ years previous feed/grain mill operation experience or similar relevant experience preferred.
  • Ability to work in a constant state of alertness and safe manner.
  • General mechanical aptitude.
  • Basic math skills.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of production and plant processes.
  • Meets attendance requirements and is on time.

Individuals with some of the experience and/or knowledge can be trained on the job to perform each essential duty successfully.

Work Environment:

  • Frequently exposed to work near moving mechanical parts, product irritants, airborne particles, and outdoor weather conditions.
  • Occasionally required to work in high places and confined spaces.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. But higher levels of noise are marked by signs.

Work Schedule and Compensation:

  • First shift: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Occasional overtime.
  • Wage is based on salary expectation, skills, and experience.


  • Health insurance (premium mostly paid for by the employer)
  • Health Savings Account company contribution
  • Long-term and short-term disability insurance (100% employer-paid)
  • $50,000 in Basic life insurance (100% employer-paid)
  • Dental insurance
  • Accident insurance
  • Cancer insurance
  • 401k retirement plan + company matching
  • Paid time off
  • Paid holidays
  • Paid bereavement leave

About the Company:

D & D Commodities Ltd., a business unit of Central Garden & Pet, is a national company that manufactures the finest premium nutritional products for caged birds, small animals, wild birds, and wildlife. We provide optimum nutrition for all types of pets at prices that offer value to the consumer in the best packaging types and styles available. In addition to the best products, we strive to always provide the best service and support for its customers regardless of size or type.

At Central Garden & Pet (NASDAQ: CENT and CENTA), we believe home is at the center of our lives, and our employees are driven by our purpose to nurture happy and healthy homes. Our company is made up of thousands of people across North America, with an emerging footprint across the U.K., Mexico, China and Canada - all dedicated to helping gardens bloom bigger, pets live healthier and communities grow stronger. We are united by our mission to lead the future of the garden and pet industries…one blade of grass and one wagging tail at a time. Visit our website at www.central.com to learn more.

We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.

All successful applicants should expect to undergo a screening for prohibited levels of drugs prior to beginning employment.

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