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Jockey Driver/Local Driver

Date:  Jan 7, 2021

Leesport, PA, US, 19533

Req ID:  30961
Job Function:  Supply Chain & Logistics

Perdue Foods is part of Perdue Farms, a family-owned company heading into it's second century of growth and innovation. With a goal of becoming the most trusted name in premium proteins, we create products for consumers and for retail and foodservice customers around the globe, while changing the way animals are raised for food.


The hours and days of work are established as needed by operations and at the direction of management and, while generally as shown below, may be changed (increased or decreased) by management as required.

Hours of Work: The Leesport DC is a 24hr/7day a week distribution center.

Days of Work:   Monday thru Sunday as scheduled by management and Holidays if needed by operations and approved by management.

The primary purpose of the jockey driver is to transfer full trailers from the holding areas to the dock area and then transfer empty trailers from the dock area to designated parking spaces and to include regular rotation to other positions within the department. The secondary purpose of the Jockey/Short haul Driver position is to deliver customer loads within 120 miles of the location and picking up “Hot” transfers loads from Perdue plants if needed because of overflow from the production plants or driver availability.

Principal and Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Operates jockey truck transferring trailers to and from the processing area.  The task requires maneuvering in and out of the vehicle up to a height of 4 feet every 1/2 hour.

Ensures that trailers are processed in the order designated by management.

Ensures that YMS (Yard Management System) is updated and policy followed.  Keeping the yard organized and in order.

Performs pre-op inspection of vehicle and post-op cleaning on a daily basis.

Yard checks are done periodically.  Communicates with the gate, the dock office and management.

Being able to operate the Yard tractor computer and being able to enter the yard check in the system.

Responsible for seal integrity and the reporting of an accurate /verified case count and condition of product during deliveries.

Observe and maintain all Department of Transportation (DOT) requirements regarding hours of service, log book, vehicle inspections, load inspections, and securing load. To include utilizing electronic logging device (paper logs when needed), on board vehicle tracking system in efficient manner.

Operate a tractor and trailer in a legal/safe manner consistent with all Federal, State and Local laws, regulations, and Company policies. To include the utilization of all on board safety features.

Deliver 2-4 loads a day



Minimum Education

High school or equivalent


  • Valid CDL License
  • One Year over the road driving experience with degree from accredited driving school.
  • Reading and writing skills required.
  • Some computer skills
Experience Requirements

Reading and writing skills required.  Must have a valid Class D drivers license.  Must obtain a forklift license through company training.  May require a CDL license.

Experience Preferred
Environmental Factors and Physical Requirements

Works outdoors year round in seasonal temperatures with noise exposure of 96.2 db; light intensity of less than 5' candles.  When in a plant environment: Exposure primarily consists of wet and moist floors which include metal and plastic grating surfaces. May be exposed to temperatures of 28 degrees to 100 degrees Fahrenheit with both ambient and 100% humidity.
May handle product 25 degrees to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. May be exposed to noise ranges of 50 db to 110 db. May be exposed to dust, feathers and all chemicals used in poultry, food, processing facility. Must wear and use protective and safety equipment required for the job as directed by the Company. Occasional exposure to carbon dioxide vapors 10ppm and chlorine less than 20 ppm. Able to stand for several hours. Work may include lifting (35 to 65 lbs) to heights from 5" to 84", reaching, bending, pushing boxes on conveyor assembly.  May need to have the ability to operate standup lift for 9 plus hours.

Perdue Farms, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Nearest Major Market: Reading PA