Contract Canner operator
Each year since 1946, MCC has sent out a mobile meat canner, which MCC workers and volunteers use to preserve hundreds of thousands of cans of meat for communities in need across the globe. Canner operators travel with the meat canner to 34 different locations across the US and Canada, canning beef, turkey, and pork, Canners are responsible for all aspects of the project including: operating steam and pressure vessels, coordinating volunteers, maintaining and communicating USDA regulations, and the maintenance of all machinery in the canning process. Lifelong relationships are forged, opening new doors for life after canning.
MCC prefers to place 2 Canners per year. The Canning Team is comprised of four individuals, typically 2 in their first year and 2 in their second.
Due to the travel demands for Canners, MCC requires that Canners be single.
Canner operators work 8 -12 hour days from October through April including Saturdays. Canners are compensated for long working hours during the canning season by getting extra vacation time. Summers are spent in Akron with regular working hours. This may include working for the maintenance department or as drivers and materials handlers at warehouse facilities. MCC will arrange for each canner to attend a U.S.D.A. approved canning course and to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).
During the off season the canner will be a part of Akron Connection Service Program, a service unit connected to MCC’s offices in Akron & Ephrata Pa. In recent years the unit is typically between 10-15 adults, ages 20-70, and may include families with children. Married couples and families live in MCC apartments while singles share a coed Unit House that is also our gathering place. Some of the group activities include 2 annual retreats, monthly outings, bi-weekly Bible studies and impromptu gatherings.
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