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American Falls solar farm is now hiring

The new solar farm in American Falls is hiring. Eastridge is the company in charge of hiring people for the solar farm. Company representatives were in American Falls on Tuesday to tell people about the jobs and take applications.

Eastridge is looking to hire between 75 and 100 workers, beginning right away. Eastridge said it has immediate hiring needs. It is hiring for all positions, from general laborers to heavy machine operators and fork lift drivers.

Most of the positions are temporary, lasting now through about January.

Jared Balls, an applicant, said even though it’s just temporary, it’s still a great job opportunity.

“It might not last long, but still there’s opportunities for advancement, there’s opportunities for long-term work, so whatever you’re looking for, you can find,” Balls said.

There are three other solar projects happening throughout Idaho and Eastridge is hiring for those too.

Viridiana Valverde, the project coordinator for Eastridge, said solar farms are a great employer and great for the economy.

“It’s the future. It’s going to help the environment,and it’s coming,” Valverde said. “I mean, the solar is going to be ongoing and it gets better and better and it’s good experience definitely to have on a resume.”

The American Falls solar project jobs will include working six days a week, between 40 and 60 hours per week. The pay is anywhere from $14 to $23 per hour.

“I think it’s great, especially with the harvest getting over,” Balls said. “It’s going to give more people opportunity for work. I mean, it’s pretty tough at this time of year and so this is a perfect opportunity to do that.”

Eastridge said to be eligible to work, people just have to pass a background check and drug test. They also need to be able to do physical labor.

Those interested in finding out more or getting an application can get in touch with the Eastridge office directly at 858-251-1200.

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