Processing Machine Operator 1/23/2019 Return

Gem State Staffing in Burley is currently hiring various labor positions at a potato processing plant for full-time + Temp-to-Hire + benefits!


Job Summary

This position is physically demanding and will be working in a high heat environment. Maintain product in grade according to designated required specifications. Mechanically adjust potato mash flow to the dryer drum and the feed leg of the dryer drum. Mechanically adjust the speed of the dryer drum and the feed leg to the dryer drum. Physically use a shovel to move potato mash up and down the rollers on the dryer drum, to keep drum full of mash at all times. Physically use a shovel to remove potato mash from rollers and mash pans. Cut double sheets from the fact of the dryer drum using a dryer scrapper. Keep dryer wires tight and clean, clean up mash that falls directly under cat walk. Keep dryer exhaust pipe, safety bars, and aprons clean at least once per hour. Keep starch build-up (scabs) out from under shields and knives. Check for defect and quality of sheet 2 times each shift. Adjust accordingly. Keep in contact with the cook deck operator as to product needs. Report all variations in regular normal production procedures to shift lead person or supervisor. Be alert for machinery stoppages or product plug ups, be prepared to adjust immediately. Maintain proper chlorine level in the shovel dip tank by using test strips supplied by the foreman. Change and add fresh water and chlorine at the end of each shift. Be familiar with control panel and steam pressure valves and how to raise or lower the moisture content of the finished product. Dryer drum operator will assist in changing the drum knives when needed. Wash down the entire area at the end of each shift, pull mash pans once per shift and clean. Oversee sanitation and weekend cleanup of the drum dryers.


  • Personal protective equipment will be used at all times as required.
  • Be able to use good judgment in the event of the absence of the foreman or supervisor.
  • Must have 12 months general labor experience.
  • Ability to work quickly and efficiently without direct supervision
  • Must be available to work entire 12 hour shift
  • Must adhere to Good Manufacturing Practices
  • Be able to lift 50+ lbs. on a daily basis
  • Have own transportation to and from the job site
  • Must be able to pass a pre-employment drug test
  • Must able to work in high temperate conditions
  • Must be able to bend, twist, crouch and stoop frequently over the course of a day

Positions Open: 5

Salary Range: $11.00-$11.50/hour DOE +BENEFITS

Shifts: Days- 8am to 8pm & Nights- 8pm to 8am

Job Duration: Temp to Hire Full Time with benefits after probation period completed sucessfully

Minimum Age: 18

Where to apply: In-person at Gem State Staffing office – 641 N. OVERLAND BURLEY (next door to Little Caesars)

You may also begin the application process online at

*** Note: If you apply online, you will still need to visit the office to complete additional paperwork. Applicants who do not follow up in-person will not be considered. ***

When to apply: Application hours – 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday

What to bring: Two forms of government issued ID to fulfill List B and C I-9 requirements (e.g. Social Security card and driver’s license) or one form of ID which fulfills List A requirement for I-9 (e.g. U.S. passport or Permanent Resident Card)

Questions?  Call us at (208) 677-9999

We look forward to meeting you soon!