Amazon jobs are opening up at warehouses ahead of the holidays – including in Minnesota

Warehouse jobs in the Twin Cities will be available – here's what they pay.

An Amazon fulfillment warehouse in Baltimore.

Somebody has to sort and package all the gifts you buy at the last minute on Amazon (USB cables, apparently) and want shipped ASAP.

Well, not just somebody – lots of somebodies. And Amazon needs more of them for the holiday season. (Just like last year.)

The online sales giant is going on a hiring spree, looking to fill 120,000 positions at fulfillment, sortation and customer service sites. That includes in Minnesota, where Amazon has that huge fulfillment center in Shakopee and a delivery station in Eagan. 

The ramp up in hiring comes as Amazon preps for the holiday season. Last year people spent more than $8 billion on Amazon during that time – yet it was somehow still disappointing for investors.

Target is going on a similar hiring spree, with 100,000 workers needed for the holiday season. 

What do the jobs entail?

The big questions, of course, are: What kinds of jobs? And how much do they pay?

In the announcement, Amazon talks a lot about how many of the workers hired during last year's holiday season ended up transitioning to "regular, full-time roles" with the company, and touts its success in creating "new full-time roles" this year.

There's one full-time job listing currently open, for a warehouse associate position in Shakopee. The rest are all part-time or reduced time.

All of the open positions (see them here) involve being on your feet and moving/scanning/packing boxes for hours at a time, so be prepared.

The open jobs in Shakopee and Eagan all have a starting hourly rate of $15 an hour. (There is also a Prime Now associate position in Minneapolis that is specifically focused on Prime deliveries, and that starts at $12.75 an hour.)

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Amazon warehouse work has a reputation as being tough and demanding. The Street recently spoke with a few warehouse workers who explained how it can be grueling, with long work weeks comprising 10-hour (or more) shifts, and productivity goals that were difficult to hit.

Back in 2011, workers across the country complained about how hot it was in the buildings, the Seattle Times reported. And the Associated Press noted this summer that two people died in 2014 in Amazon warehouses.

Yet none of that stopped thousands of people from showing up at Amazon job fairs in August, the AP notes. 


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