Amazon officials have started the process of hiring more than 1,000 people for its two massive distribution centers in the area.
Exact details are still in flux, but Amazon spokeswoman Nina Lindsey said the company is starting by bringing on managers for areas such as equipment maintenance, information technology and human resources.
“We will begin hiring the majority of employees a few months prior to opening,” she said. That date is not yet set in stone, but the site is presently under construction and many observers expect the facility to begin operating around this year’s holiday season or just after.
Amazon lists 37 jobs posted on its official career website (Amazon.jobs)for the Tampa area, including “Junior IT technician,” “Operations Manager,” “Onsite Medical Representative,” and “Loss prevention specialist.”
Lindsey added that Amazon plans on offering “competitive wages, employees receive comprehensive benefits starting on day one that include medical, dental and vision insurance as well as 401(k) and company stock awards.”
Amazon plans on employing upward of 1,000 people between two large distribution centers — one in Ruskin that handles relatively small packages and another in the Lakeland area that handles larger items. A large segment of jobs at both sites will involve shipping and packing materials, and like many Amazon sites, much of the heavy lifting will be done by automated robots, some of which will literally bring racks of products to packers who will assemble boxes for shipping.