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Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee

Material Handler I

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee


Job Summary

Summary: Material Handler operates warehouse equipment for the purposes of product placements (moving, locating, relocating, stacking), counting merchandise, customer order fulfillment, tagging and staging of orders. Ensures completeness and correctness of all orders filled. All job responsibilities are required to meet company standards for safety, accuracy, and productivity. This position supports and fosters our deep commitment to diversity and inclusion, which is the foundation for creating a culture of belonging for all personnel.

Job Responsibilities

Key Responsibilities:

  • Operates warehouse equipment (electric pallet jack, ride on pallet jack) to physically build customer orders, ensures accuracy and proper staging of all orders pulled. Performs order fulfilment duties in an efficient manner that meets the highest possible levels of safety, accuracy, productivity, and customer service standards.
  • Loads and unloads trucks efficiently, following warehouse procedures and safety measures.
  • Maintains the facilities cleanliness and food safety standards through responsible equipment and materials use. Contributes to a clean and orderly work environment by performing daily cleaning duties. Charges electric power equipment batteries and operates all equipment in a safe and efficient manner following prescribed work methods.

When & Where: Schedule is Monday – Friday from 7 AM – 3:30 PM working primarily out of our distribution center in Nashville, TN. Regularly encounters inside and outside environments as well as temperature-controlled cold zones of freezers (-10 degrees) and coolers (30-40 degrees).


Education: High School Diploma (or equivalent) preferred.

Experience: 6+ months of warehouse experience at Second Harvest Food Bank or 3+ years of experience in a warehouse environment and be able to demonstrate at a quality level the essential functions of the job. Experience with ride-on powered material handling equipment such as electric pallet jack and walkie-stacker preferred. Warehouse shipping, receiving and additional material handling equipment experience preferred.

Skills: Operates power material handling equipment safely and efficiently; productive within warehouse environment that is climate controlled with seasonally ranging temperatures (warm in summer and cold in winter) and approximately 30% of day spent in freezer and cooler cold food storage zones; fulfills physical demands of warehouse responsibilities, including consistently lifting, pushing, pulling, and carrying objects 25-50 pounds; collaborates with the team, listens, and asks questions to effectively learn new tasks and continually develop skillset. Strong performers are cross trained in all duties, are adaptable and flexible to meet changing work demands; consistent, dependable and reliable work ethic and regular attendance; English oral and written communication abilities.

Other requirements: our pre-hire process requires acceptable results from the following: criminal background and a pre-employment drug test. Criminal backgrounds are evaluated on a case-by-case basis considering several factors (timing, frequency, severity and job relation).

Additional Information


Compensation & Benefits: Second Harvest is proud to offer rich and affordable total compensation packages. Full-time employment includes 34+ days off, medical (employee-only is 100% employer paid), dental, vision, retirement (up to 8% match), disability insurance (short and long term) and long-term care insurance.

Work with a purpose: As one of Middle Tennessee’s largest nonprofits, our local hunger relief work is uniquely rewarding, hands on and solutions oriented. Our mission is to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community. A career with Second Harvest ensures that you not only earn a paycheck, but also help your local community through meaningful work. Our Operations teams were recently celebrated for their essential work during the COVID-19 pandemic – would you like to be a “Hometown Hero”?

Award winning workplace: We are a best-in-class workplace because we are passionate and people focused, so that our community can count on us for our critical work. We are among The Tennessean’s Top Workplaces based solely on employee feedback. We are invested in our team and offer frequent whole-person wellness opportunities through our Harvest Wellbeing Program.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Equal Employment Opportunity: Second Harvest embraces a philosophy that recognizes and values diversity. We want our employees to reflect the diversity of the communities in which we serve. We provide equal employment to all applicants and employees regardless of race, religion, color, gender, disability, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or other legally protected characteristics.

How to Apply

Since 1978, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, a member of Feeding America™, has been providing food to our more than 1 million neighbors at risk of hunger in middle and west Tennessee. In support of our mission, which is “to provide food to people facing hunger and work to advance hunger solutions” – last year, we distributed more than 41 million pounds of food to more than 460 Partner Agencies, providing more than 36.5 million nutritious meals to hungry children, families and seniors throughout our 46-county service area. To learn more about out work, visit our website secondharvestmidtn.org and our social media.

Think this sounds like a role and workplace where you would thrive? Find out more information about how to apply on our website: https://www.secondharvestmidtn.org/job-opportunities/. Thanks for your interest in working for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. We love it here and think you will too.


  • Date Posted: January 19, 2023
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Other
  • Service Area: Social / Human Services
  • Salary Range: $16 per hour
  • Working Hours: M-F, 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM