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Amazon ramps up hiring for new Spokane fulfillment center on the West Plains

Amazon executives approved a $5 million fund to support small businesses around its Seattle headquarters to ease the loss of business from the company’s decision to have employees work from home to stem the spread of coronavirus. (Reed Saxon / AP)
Amazon executives approved a $5 million fund to support small businesses around its Seattle headquarters to ease the loss of business from the company’s decision to have employees work from home to stem the spread of coronavirus. (Reed Saxon / AP)

Hiring is underway for several lead positions at Amazon’s new fulfillment center on the West Plains.

Amazon recently posted openings on its company website for various jobs at the mammoth operation, some of which include IT-related postions; associate trainers; dock, shipping and receiving clerks; and a regulated waste coordinator, who ensures hazardous waste sent for resale, donation or disposal is compliant with federal, state and local regulations.

All positions will be responsible for picking and packing orders, receiving and stowing products, ensuring inventory accuracy and unloading and loading trucks.

Preferred qualifications include an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, more than a year of leadership experience, more than a year of experience working in a similar warehouse or large retail environment, the ability to lift up to 49 pounds, and the ability to stand and walk for shifts lasting up to 12 hours, among other requirements.

The new job listings are among 20 additional positions posted to the company’s website since November that are in human resources, finance, operations, IT, health and support engineering.

Amazon is planning to open the 2.5 million-square-foot fulfillment center at 10010 W. Geiger Blvd. by the middle of the year.

Amazon spokeswoman Brittany Parmley said hiring for all positions at the fulfillment center will begin closer to its opening date.

The company is planning to hire more than 1,500 workers at a minimum starting wage of $15 an hour to work alongside Amazon Robotics to pack and ship items, such as games, housewares, school supplies and toys to customers. The facility could eventually employ more than 3,000 workers during the peak holiday season.

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