A brand new Amazon sortation station is opening in Rocky View County, and the online retail giant is hoping to hire hundreds of Albertans to work there.
A release from Amazon states that the 300,000 sqft building will be open sometime in the coming months, and in the lead up they’re looking to bring on part-time, permanent workers.
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The sortation centre is the first of its kind in Canada, and will be located in Balzac. At the centre, Amazon’s packages will be sorted by final destination and consolidated to allow for faster delivery times.
Those hired on by Amazon will make a minimum wage of at least $16.65, and will also receive what the Amazon release states as a “comprehensive benefits package starting on day one, including full medical, vision, and dental insurance.”
Workers who clock in at least 20 hours a week will also be eligible for a Group Registered Retirement Savings Plan and an employer match for a Deferred Profit Sharing Plan.
Shifts run from three to five hours long, and applicants will need to be able to:
- Lift up to 22 kilograms/49 pounds
- Stand, walk, push, pull, squat, bend, and reach during long shifts
- Use carts, dollies, hand trucks, and other gear to move stuff around
- If you want to and there is a need for it, you can get trained to use powered industrial trucks
- Go up and down stairs (for sites with stairs)
- Work at a height of up to 12 meters/40 feet on a mezzanine (for some sites)
As for the big COVID question that has loomed over all workplaces since March, Amazon stated that its facilities “follow all health and safety protocols including social distancing guidelines. Across operations, Amazon has invested over $800 million dollars in the first half of this year on safety measures like temperature checks, masks, enhanced cleaning, gloves, sanitation stations, and onsite testing, to name a few.”
Canadians aged 18 and over can apply for positions at Amazon’s website.