Forklift Operator

Publix Associate

Simply put, our Forklift Operators are master organizers. They help maintain a smooth and orderly process when moving product into Publix's warehouses.

How to Apply


Warehouse Forklift Operators maneuver powered industrial equipment to move cases and pallets and put them away into their assigned slots in the warehouse. When slots located on the ground floor level are full and cannot store any additional product, the Forklift Operators place product in overhead storage slots. As the ground floor slot is emptied by the Warehouse Selectors, the Forklift Operators replenish it, pulling product down from the overhead compartments. The Operators take care to rotate inventory using the most dated inventory first. Furthermore, the Operators help maintain a clean warehouse and sweep out empty slots. Occasionally, they may fill in for the Warehouse Selectors as business needs demand.

Qualifications we look for

  • At least 18 years old
  • Experience as a forklift operator, preferred
  • Able to work nights, weekends, holidays, and extended periods of time
  • Able to obtain certification in pallet truck and forklift operations
  • Able to lift and carry product weighing 40 to 85 pounds (depending on warehouse)
  • Able to sit or stand for long periods of time
  • Successfully complete a Work Attitude Survey

How to apply

Go to the Publix Jobs Center to begin searching our current openings. Click the appropriate link to view openings for Publix associates and non-associates. Click Search Openings and narrow your search by selecting Distribution from the Job Category list.

When you apply, your information will be sent directly to the appropriate hiring manager. If your skills and experience seem to match the qualifications of the position that interests you, you will be contacted for an interview and possibly for testing customized to that position.

If you have any questions about our application process, please call our Employment Office in

  • Lakeland at (863) 688-7407, ext. 32504 or
  • Atlanta at (770) 995-0073, ext. 2153.