Packaging Specialist I - Ashland, WI

Job Title: Packaging Specialist I – Ashland, WI

Reporting To: Production Manager – Ashland, WI

Job Purpose: The Packaging Specialist I works at our Ashland, WI location and is responsible for blending and packaging seed orders as directed by the Production Manager. This is a labor-intensive position.

About Deer Creek Seed Co: Deer Creek Seed Co. is a premium forage, turf, cover crop, and wildlife food plot seed company based out of Wisconsin. We take great pride in the quality of our seed, the integrity of our hard work, and our top-notch customer service. Learn more about us at

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work as a team player to ensure timely production
  • Prepare seed blends by processing orders according to blend sheets
  • Pull correct material from warehouse floor necessary for seed blends
  • Utilize industrial seed blender efficiently as per our standard operating procedure
  • Ensure accuracy of blends before beginning
  • Ensure accurate labelling and temporary storage for finished products
  • Label finished products in accordance with sales order and blend sheet information
  • Stack pallets with finished products
  • Assist with safe warehouse operation
  • Occasionally assist with shipment loading, unloading, and transferring within warehouse (use of forklift and pallet jack)
  • Maintain a clean, organized work area

Required Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
  • Good communication skills (direct, polite, pro-active)
  • Basic arithmetic skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, weights, and percentages)
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as blend sheets, maintenance instructions, and safety rules
  • Ability to meet heavy physical demands listed below
  • Ability to work in a team environment or occasionally alone
  • Pass a basic math test or clerical ability test
  • Willing to obtain a fork lift certification (company sponsored)

Physical Requirements: This position is labor-intensive and will include the following activities on a daily basis:

  • Consistently standing, twisting, bending, and reaching
  • Walking and occasionally climbing stairs
  • Lifting 50-pound bags frequently and up to 70 pounds occasionally

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Forklift certification
  • Prior warehouse experience
  • Mechanical/electrical/construction skills
  • Knowledge of operational machinery such as blenders, conveyors, compactors, and forklifts


Work Environment: Deer Creek Seed maintains a high level of cleanliness in our warehouse and office. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will primarily work in the warehouse and blend room where they will be exposed to moving mechanical parts and vehicles. The noise level in the warehouse can be moderate to loud and the employee will be exposed to dust. The blend room has a dust collection system in place and is heated in the winter.

Working Hours Full Time: 7:30 – 4 p.m., (hours are flexible and subject to change) Monday through Friday. Overtime is paid at time and a half after forty hours per work week and is available during the busy seasons. 

Working Hours Part Time: This position may be fulfilled in a part-time capacity at 15 – 25 hours per week, working swing shifts. Working hours are negotiable with the Production Manager and are negotiated in 6-month blocks of time.

Compensation and Benefits:

Full-Time: This position is paid hourly, negotiable depending on experience. Employees are immediately eligible for 6 paid federal holidays, 2 paid sick days, and paid overtime (time and a half). This position is subject to a six-month probationary period. After three months, health benefits are available at a discounted, company shared cost. This position earns one week of paid vacation after the first year of employment and two weeks of paid vacation after the second year. Retirement 401K available after one year and 1000 hours with 4% company match. Additional benefits include a heavily discounted rate on all seed purchases, full office amenities (microwave, fridge, break room), and occasional company-paid lunches and dinners for training and holiday celebrations.

Part-Time: This position is paid hourly, negotiable depending on experience.  Employees are eligible for paid overtime if working more than forty hours in a work week. Additional benefits include a heavily discounted rate on all seed purchases, full office amenities (microwave, fridge, break room), and occasional company-paid lunches and dinners for training and holiday celebrations. This position is not eligible for health benefits or paid vacation time.

How To Apply:

Applications are due no later than May 21, 2018.

Mail a resume and optional cover letter to:

Deer Creek Seed Co.

Attn: Tim Bauer

P.O. Box 105

Ashland, WI 54806


Send resume and optional cover letter as e-mail attachments (PDFs only) to:

No phone calls, please.