- Full Time:
- Number of Workers Requested:
- Job Duties:
- Nursery Workers (Production/Shipping/Loading):
[60%] Manual tasks related to the production of nursery stock will include some combination of the following: Fill pots with soil and set them in the field/greenhouses; plant crops (plants) into pots and set them in the field/greenhouses; Open and close poly in houses for cold protection; Open and close frost protection cloth; cutting, pulling or removing and mowing weeds or grass; upgrade plants with sleeves, tags, pots, etc.; prepare fields for planting by clearing cull stock, brush and debris; planting seedlings or 'liners' by hand (including riding and inserting liners in a mechanical planter); hand digging, loading, unloading or transplanting bare-root nursery stock; straightening, tying, pruning and shearing trees and shrubs; moving irrigation equipment; spraying herbicides and insecticides and applying fertilizer; keep the production area clean and organized.
[40%] Manual tasks related to the shipping and loading of nursery stock will include some combination of the following:
Place plants into the isles or driveways for shipping; clean, water and put plants onto trucks/trailers; upgrade plants with sleeves, tags, pots, etc.; take inventory and grade plants, prepare trees and shrubs for digging by tying or wrapping as necessary; dig wrapping burlap or other covering around root balls and secured with twine and/or staples; crimp wire baskets; lift, carry and load nursery stock, plants and staged products that are ready to ship onto racks or trailers; unload, move, or load supplies, including wire baskets; set aside and put back all returned/bad plants to the field/greenhouses; push loaded racks onto trailers.
Perform work in the field with little to no supervision.
Plants must be handled carefully to ensure that minimal leaves, limbs and roots are not broken during digging, handling, wrapping and/or transplanting processes.
One (1) month of experience in agricultural and/or horticultural settings.
Workers should be able to work on their feet in bent positions for long periods of time. Work requires repetitive movements and extensive walking. Allergies to ragweed, goldenrod, insect spray, related chemicals, etc. may affect workers' ability to perform the job. Workers are exposed to wet weather early in the morning through the heat of the day, working in fields. Temperatures may range from 25 F to 100 F. Workers may be required to work during occasional showers not severe enough to stop field operations. Workers should be physically able to do the work required with or without reasonable accommodations. Saturday work required. Must be able to lift/carry 50 lbs.
Employer assures that non-commuting workers will be provided transportation from living quarters to work site every day (for workers who must be provided housing under the applicable regulations).
Candidates seeking employment as experienced nursery worker must be available for the entire period requested by the employer. Workers hired pursuant to this job order will be subject to a trial period of up to 14 business days during which their performance of required tasks will be evaluated. If the performance during the trial period is not acceptable to the employer, the worker's employment will be terminated.
All terms and conditions included in the job order will apply equally to all workers, both U.S. workers and H-2A workers, employed in the occupation described in this clearance order, unless specifically exempted (i.e. federal/state tax, etc.).
- Job Classification:
- 45-2092.00 - Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse