Smithfield Animal Foods Production Worker in Denison, Iowa



This job description indicates the nature of production work routinely performed by production employees at the Smithfield plant. This description is meant to help individuals who may be unfamiliar with food processing and what is required to perform this type of work.

Production employees are routinely required to perform a variety of tasks that require manual material handling and the use of hand tools, knives, machinery, and equipment. This work is physically demanding and can require the use of some or all body parts and muscle groups. Good hand-eye coordination and upper extremity motor skills are essential for most job tasks. Additional essential functions may be applicable to specific jobs.

Starting Pay for this Position = $16.60 per hour.

Pay upon completion of qualifications = $20.05 per hour.


  • Technical aptitude preferred.

  • Self-starter, organized and attentive to detail with the ability to work with minimal supervision and have an interest in learning additional skills.

  • Competent and trustworthy to comply with federal inspection programs and company safety and health policies.

  • Maintain regular and predictable attendance.

  • Be available to work scheduled hours, which may include mandatory overtime, depending upon production demands.

  • Walking long distances sometimes on wet, uneven and slippery surfaces.

  • Working inhot environment exceeding 100 deg Fand frequent contact with animal fats.

  • Wearing, using and maintaining personal protective equipment including hard hat, hearing/eye protection, and steel-toed safety shoes. Using, cleaning, maintaining, and safe handling of sharp cutting tools.

  • Frequentstatic and /or awkward work postureswith neck and spine flexion while grasping, pinching, pulling, lifting, extending, flexing the hands and arms to perform tasks. A variety of arm and hand movements are required in applying force, movement and repetition.

  • Using and maintaining hand tools, powered tools and equipment, electrical devices, controls, and motorized vehicles.

  • Being able to understand and follow oral and written instruction from supervisors and designated staff.

  • Additional essential functions may be applicable to specific jobs.

  • Must be able to speak, read and write basic English.


  • Must be at least 18 years of age or older.

  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Physical Demands

  • Ability to stand on concrete and/or platforms for up to a 12 hour shift

  • Ability to work around animal blood and/or body parts

  • Ability to work in a wet/humid environment

  • Can lift heavy objects, which can weigh up to 60lbs.

  • Ability to work with sanitation/cleaning chemicals

  • Ability to work with strong odors/smells

  • Can work in a noisy environment

  • Ability to climb, move on ladders, steps, stairways, walkways, and platform

EEO/AA Information

Smithfield is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individualwith disability, or any other protected group status or non-job related characteristic as directed by law.

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Job LocationsUS-IA-Denison



FLSA StatusHourly

Shift2nd and 3rd shift