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Nursery Worker

Lancaster Farms, Inc.

Suffolk, VA

$13.15 per hour

ACTIVE

Recruitment Information

Telephone Number to Apply:
+17574844421
Web address to Apply:
www.vawc.virginia.gov

Job Description

Full Time:
Yes
Number of Workers Requested:
43
Job Duties:
Crops/Commodities: nursery stock, trees, shrubs, perennials. working in a nursery handling both manual and machine tasks associated with commodity production and harvest of nursery stock, trees, shrubs and perennials. Workers must be able to perform manual as well as mechanized activities with accuracy and efficiency. Workers will perform work including but not limited to planting, digging, mulching, transplanting, mowing, watering in nurseries and seasonal holding houses. Fertilize, prune, spray, space, water, tag and perform other plant maintenance. Count and inventory plants. Propagate plants from cuttings. Load plants onto wagons, trailers and trucks. Transport and unload plants. Remove plastic from seasonal holding houses in spring and cover seasonal holding houses with plastic in fall. Assist with building seasonal holding houses. Fill, lift and carry various size pots with soil and plants weighing as much as 70 pounds. Plants must be handled carefully so that minimal leaves, limbs and roots are not broken during transplanting process. Workers must have an understanding of nursery quality control standards and a working knowledge of nursery production procedures. Workers must be able to harvest crops according to predetermined, customer specific standards. Must select and harvest crops which are suitable for various clients. Work is to be done for long periods of time. Workers are expected to perform duties including boxing, weighing and loading of product. Workers will assist in loading trucks with packaged product weighing up to and including 70 pounds and lifting to a height of 5 feet for long periods of time. 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 10 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. Work may also include mechanized field work using power equipment. By way of example and not limitation power equipment may include tractors, planters, sprayers, blowers, weedeaters, mowers and other equipment. Workers will be expected to be able to operate agricultural equipment with or without direction. Employer assures that workers will be provided transportation from living quarters to work site every day (for workers who must be provided housing under the applicable regulations.) The employer may discipline the worker, including brief suspension of work activities (“time out”) for a period determined by the supervisor, suspension from employment for a set period of days or termination of employment as described in the “Work Rules.” Workers may not report for work while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Except for moderate alcohol consumption in company housing during non-working hours, the possession or use of illegal drugs or alcohol on Company property is prohibited and will be cause for termination. While the employer does not require prospective applicants to take and pass a drug test prior to a hiring decision, the employer has a no-exceptions drug policy requiring newly-hired employees to take and pass an employer-paid drug test. Every new hire must undergo testing before starting work with the company. All testing is conducted uniformly after an initial job offer has been extended and accepted by the new hire.
Job Classification:
45-2092.00 - Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse

The job/industry classification and description includes general information on the position from ONET/OES and the North American Industry Classification System. Please review Job Duties and Job Order for more information.

Job Requirements

Experience Required:
No
Special Requirements:
working in a nursery handling both manual and machine tasks associated with commodity production and harvest of nursery stock, trees, shrubs and perennials. Saturday work required. Must be able to lift/carry 70 lbs. Employer-paid post-hire drug testing is required at random, upon reasonable suspicion of use and after a worker has an accident at work. Employer-paid background check is required.
Number of Hours Per Week:
40
Work Schedule (Start/End time):
7:00 A.M. - 2:30 P.M.

Employer Information

Company Name:
Lancaster Farms, Inc.
Location:
Suffolk, VA 23435
Telephone Number:
+17574844421

Worksite

Address:
2535 Pitchkettle Rd., Suffolk, VA 23434

Job Order Details

ETA Case Number:
H-300-21322-712776
Multiple Worksites:
No
Additional Wage Information:
Cuttings (taking and sticking), $.005-$.01/per cutting
Date Posted:
1/7/2022

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