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- The worker will perform job duties as assigned by supervisor. The work is temporary and will last from December to May. In order to perform this kind of work, the worker must be able to work outside for 6 to 7 hours a day in all kinds of weather including, but not limited to extreme cold and hot conditions, direct sunlight, and rain. Workers must have the required physical strength and endurance to repeat the harvesting process rapidly and skillfully involved in this type of work. These job duties include fruit and vegetable harvesting, and field work to included the following but not limited to:
Citrus Harvesting-The worker must carry a large number of sacks full of crop from the area in which the crop is being harvested to the location of the bin. Workers will perform prolonged walking, bending, stooping, reaching, pushing, pulling, lifting, and carrying 0-100 lbs. The worker will place a picking sack over their shoulder and carry an 18 to 20 ladder from the field truck to the particular area of the grove to be harvested. The picking sack is a canvas bag equipped with a shoulder strap for support, an opening for the insertion of fruit and an opening to remove fruit. A fully loaded sack weighs between approximately 80 to 100 lbs., depending on the size, condition, and variety of the fruit. The worker positions their ladder against the tree and within reach of the fruit in a leaning position taking care not to break limbs, damage the tree, knock off fruit, or interfere with the other workers, in a secure position to prevent slipping or falling and passible injury to themselves or other workers. The worker will remove fruit from the tree and place into a picking sack. When the picking sack is full, the worker will take the full sack to a fruit bin located in the grove and drop the fruit from the picking sack into the box.
Strawberry Harvesting & Packing-In order to perform this kind of work, the worker must be able to walk down the field row pushing a harvesting cart that holds a harvesting box, bend down and look for the ripe strawberries. The worker will pick the ripe strawberries off the bush by grasping the stem between their forefinger and thumbnail, then lightly pulling and twisting at the same time and letting the berry roll into the palm of their hand being careful not to bruise them. The worker will then gently place the fruit in a container that sit in the harvesting box until it is full taking care not to overfill the container or over pack the berries. The full harvesting box will be taken to a loading truck. An empty box is given back to the worker and the process is started again.
Blueberry Harvesting & Packing-The worker will pick the ripe blueberries off the bush by grasping the blueberries between their forefinger and thumbnail, then lightly pulling and gently twisting the fruit off the bush and letting the blue berries roll into the palm of the hand. The blue berries will then be placed in a harvesting bucket being careful not to overfill the container. The filled bucket will be taken to the nearest trailer where it will be dumped. The worker will then get their harvesting bucket back and start the process again.
Peach Harvesting- The worker will position a ladder as close to the tree and climb to harvest the apples. The peaches are harvested by gently grabbing the peach and gently rolling it upward toward the spur until the fruit comes off. The fruit is then placed in a picking sack until it is filled to the rim. The worker will then carry the sack to the closest bin to dump out the fruit. The worker then positions the full peach picking sack just above the peaches in the bin. Next, the worker releases the closing apparatus to open the bottom of the peach picking bag.
- Job Classification:
- 45-2092.00 - Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse