Heavy Equipment Operator - Port of West Memphis, AR


West Memphis, AR, US, 72301

Category:  Transload Operations

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Keep the world’s supply chain moving. That’s what the Watco team does every day at our short line railroads, switching sites, terminals, ports, and logistics hubs. 

Whether you’re at one of these locations or in a support-services role, there’s one thread that ties everyone together. We’re all on the same team. One Watco

Here’s what you can expect from Watco: 

  • Award-winning culture recognized by Forbes and Newsweek
  • Competitive compensation and benefits
  • Paid on-the-job training with peer trainers 
  • Operations training at the Safe Performance Center in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Leadership and development programs offered through Watco University 
  • Career advancement opportunities

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Watco has a reputation for putting people first. In fact, our company was named to Forbes’ 2021 list of America’s Best Mid-Size Employers.

Working at Watco means working in the exciting field of transportation and supply chain logistics. We’re involved in domestic and international operations that are expanding all the time. Working at Watco also means a supportive, collaborative environment where you can learn and build a career.  You’ll find that safety is at the heart of everything we do. We look out for our team members’ safety and the safety of the people in the communities where we work.  In addition to these strengths, we offer competitive pay and industry-leading benefits.

Come to Watco and join a team where you'll leave each day knowing you've made a difference.


Hourly pay rate: $20.00

Schedule: Monday - Friday 6:30AM to 3:00PM - Extended hours and possible weekends during peak fertilizer season

Forklift experience is required for this position - Front-end loader and Skid Steer experience preferable 

Must be comfortable working near water and from heights


Location Information 


Watco’s West Memphis Terminal handles a variety of bulk and break-bulk material via truck and barge. River service connects to the Gulf of Mexico via the Mississippi River.

Position Summary


  • The primary purpose of this position is to work directly in the transloading operation in the full range of duties and responsibilities involved in the moving of bulk and break bulk materials; to provide backup coverage to other material handling operations when required; and to develop and exhibit the necessary safety culture, leadership, decision making and operational skills required.
  • Knowledge of crane operations a plus.
  • Operate and maintain front-end loaders, skid steers, and forklifts.




  • Must maintain regular, dependable attendance and a high level of performance
  • Follow written and verbal directions to complete assigned tasks on schedule.
  • Read, write, and communicate in English & understand basic math.
  • Learn from directions, observations, and mistakes and apply procedures using good judgment.
  • Working knowledge of Watco Safety and Operating principles
  • Transload of transfer bulk or break-bulk products - to\from barges and trucks utilizing safe operating procedures.
  • Operate and maintain front-end loaders, skid steers, and forklifts.
  • Complete all applicable documentation, recordkeeping and daily inventory.
  • Must be able to bend, stoop, lift up to 50 pounds alone, twist, climb. Must be able to talk and hear well enough to communicate with all team members, vendors, and customers 100% of the time
  • Participate in safety briefings, job briefings, and any other pass on information from team members, management or customer.
  • Operate in a manner where SAFETY and ENVIRONMENT are of the highest importance.
  • Perform structural inspections as required.
  • Prepare equipment for product transfer.
  • Start, stop, and operate engines/pumps within defined operating parameters.
  • Perform all work in compliance with Company standards, procedures, and regulatory requirements.
  • Ability to work outside majority of the time and withstand extreme weather conditions.
  • Must maintain regular, dependable attendance and a high level of performance
  • Must be able to work with a team, take direction and follow work rules, as well as, take on additional job responsibilities as needed or assigned.



  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Valid driver's license

Machines, Tools, Special Equipment, Personal Protective Equipment Used


  • Operate a loader, front-end loader, skid steer, forklift, impact guns, air tools, man lift to work in load out, be able to operate a vehicle, raise and lower loading arms, wire cutters to cut zip ties, power tools, wrenches.
  • PPE;  FR clothing, vest, hard hat, gloves, steel toed boots, safety glasses, radio

Nearest Major Market: Memphis