Hostler/Yard Jockey

Job Description


JOB SUMMARY (Briefly state why this position exists)

Hostler position interacts with both transportation and warehouse departments in order to accomplish daily needs related to the preparation of equipment needed for loading and dispatching. 


  • Complete trailer sanitation prior to reloading, preparation disposal of trash, sweeping, pressure washing, etc.
  • Move equipment in and around the yard for loading and unloading purposes.  Hook and unhook equipment prior to daily dispatch.  Notify management of the need for repairs or possible problems that arise during the shift.  Store equipment in a safe area prior to dispatch to minimize possible damage due to outside vendors utilizing the yard.
  • Daily inspections to incoming /outgoing equipment.  Ensuring proper/safe operation of all tractors/trailers/trucks.  Inventory of equipment necessary to and related to the operation of transportation.
  • Other duties as assigned by Management. 


  • Proper handling of all return merchandise, disposal of damage, logging and recording all items into or out of stock. Placement of vendor board items, cross reference to return overage sheet and returned R/As.
  • Accountability and storage for all load bars and bulkheads. Placement of hand trucks on particular routes. Maintain and repair reasonable damage to load bars and hand trucks. Notify management of outside sourcing for repairs not capable at center. Ensure all doors have locks on trailers prior to being relieved or leaving for the shift.
  • Sanitation and cleaning of the building exterior, primarily between the loading doors and apron and by the will call door and dumpster area.
  • Occasionally make trips to the truck service terminals for refueling and repairs when necessary. Maintain periodic maintenance and calibration with trip master units.
  • Picking up local backhauls when necessary, or the delivery to vendors for pallets.
  • Be flexible and capable enough to handle spur of the moment situations between the two working departments, realizing that prioritizing is most important.




High school diploma/GED or the equivalent and 1 year of tractor trailer experience required.    


Work is medium to heavy in nature.  Half the day is spent sitting in a tractor/trailer unit.  The majority of the day is spent driving a tractor/trailer unit, or standing to wash/clean trailers.  Must be able to climb into trailer,  lift 50 lb. boxes frequently,  lift up to 75 lb. boxes occasionally,  and move product on the 2-wheeler.  You must be able to communicate clearly to customers.


You must be able to read at a distance close to the eyes and at arms length, with or without correction.  You are required to be constantly alert while driving. In addition you must be able to perform manual task, hear, sit, reach, lift, bend, communicate and interact with others.


Activities occur both inside (protection from weather conditions but not temperature changes) and outside. Position is subject to weather extremes due to changing seasons.


A 3 axle tractor, 48' trailer, CADEC or XATA  key pad and a 2 wheel dolly will be used.  This position may also require the use of the truck wash machine.