Hourly Production Arcadia, Wisconsin


Position at Pilgrim's

About Pilgrim’s

Pilgrim’s is a leading global provider of high-quality food products, including well-recognized brands and value-added premium products. As one of the world’s largest poultry producers, Pilgrim’s has provided wholesome, quality products to customers and consumers for more than seven decades. It’s our passion for excellence that continues to drive us to be the best, and we seek opportunities to diversify and grow.

Pilgrim’s Arcadia Location

While Pilgrim’s is a global company we offer a hometown feel within our complex located in Arcadia, WI. Pilgrim’s works with 150 local growers. We employ approximately 500 team members at our complex. We give you the tools you need to discover your perfect career match, and the freedom and support to take your career to the next level. It is our goal to be your employer of choice and provide you with the opportunity for a better future!  

Pilgrim’s wants YOU to join our TEAM as a LINE OPERATOR! This position starts at $19.61/hour and we are offering a $2000 New Hire Bonus! 

Benefits include:

  • Benefits at 60 days of employment, 401K contributions on day 1 of employment
  • 70% off quality Pilgrim’s poultry products
  • Training provided with a trainer/mentor
  • Advancement opportunities
  • Better Futures Program –2 Year Community College tuition paid for you or your dependents!
  • Opportunity to grow your career through our Supervisor Development Program or Management Trainee Program 

At Pilgrim’s, Safety Is A Condition, which means the safety of our team members comes first - always. This includes increased safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as enhanced cleaning and sanitation, face coverings, temperature screens and plexi-glass or plastic barriers. We are also working to secure vaccine availability for our Team Members. 

POSITION SUMMARY The Production Operator position is responsible for monitoring equipment performance and making adjustments and changeovers. Set-up and close down of machines in area assigned is also required. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following: (Other duties may be assigned) 

  1. Monitors equipment, making adjustments to ensure quality and productivity standards are maintained, while minimzing rework and downtime.
  2. Prepares work area for start-up, changeovers, and shut down (including selecting appropriate programs).
  3. Maintains records and conducts periodic checks as directed.
  4. Provides supplies needed for the operation of the machine/line (i.e. film, packaging, PPE, etc.)
  5. Communicates with team members by notifying maintenance, supervisor/leads, and production associates as needed.
  6. Understands and can perform duties of their assigned line. Assists team members on the line and helps with rework or training of team members as needed.
  7. Completes basic PM checklist on equipment.
  8. Assists with other line equipment, making necessary adjustments as needed.
  9. Assists in other departments as needed for basic, routine machine operation, and break coverage.
  10. Clean and organize work area.
  11. Perform other duties as assigned.

EXPECTATIONS – all Team Members

  • Observe & enforce all company personnel, quality, safety, and food safety policies.
  • Maintains a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner so that you work effectively and cooperatively with customers, clients, coworkers, and leadership teams.
  • Participates in process improvement and problem solving utilizing continuous improvement and rational thinking methodologies.
  • Recognizes and acts on incidents and safety risks.  Consistently practices, and enforces safe work habits and drives those habits throughout the organization 


  • Ability to read, write, and comprehend simple instructions in English (for record keeping purposes).
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide.
  • Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situation.
  • Ability to work in cool temperatures (around 40 degrees)
  • Ability to stand and use hands for 8-11 hours per day
  • Ability to multitask and work quickly
  • Ability to perform light maintenance on equipment
  • Pallet jack license or willingness to acquire one
  • Authorized to do LOTO (Lock Out/Tag Out) or willingness to acquire authorization