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apples, pears, cherries, grapes and hops.
Jobs offered are working in orchards and hops farm, handling manual/machine tasks associated with production and harvest activities. Workers must be able to perform all work activities with accuracy and efficiency. Specific instructions and close supervision will be provided by the farm owner and/or supervisor designated by the employer. Workers will be expected to perform their duties in a timely and proficient manner and will have close supervision to insure adherence to instructions. Work will be closely monitored and reviewed for quality. Workers must be able to keep pace with the balance of the crew.
Workers will be required to attend an orientation on workplace rules, policies and safety information prior to beginning work on or after the date of need.
Employees will begin work at locations indicated by supervisor. Worker will perform any combination of the following duties concerned with the general care of agriculture including cultivating, pruning, thinning, training, tying, harvesting and otherwise participating in horticultural activities under close supervision. Worker will hand harvest and pick crops consisting of harvesting apples and pears in fields.
Apples and Pears:
Worker will attach harness, bucket or bag and pick low hanging fruit while standing on the ground and higher branches while standing on a ladder. Worker will pick according to grade, color and size by grasping fruit with the hands and removing from the tree in a motion so as not to harm adjacent buds on the tree branches, or bruise the fruit. Worker will carry harness, bucket or bag of up to 60 lbs. and will place fruit into wooden bins and plastic totes. Care must be exercised at all times to prevent bruising of fruit or breaking of branches. Worker will examine harvested fruit in bins and sort out any fruit not meeting the grade, color and size specifications.
Apple & Cherry Tree Planting & Replacing
Worker will ride on planter, placing trees in ground, straighten and level trees with shovels and water trees with hoses attached to water tank.
Hand thin to control the size and quality of fruit. Remove fruit blossom, bud and/or identifiable fruit from within a cluster of other fruits. Must accurately identify and remove misshapen, damaged or otherwise unmarketable fruit.
Hand pruning based on fruit variety. Use manual and mechanized pruning tools and equipment. Identify and remove stubs or broken branches, downward-growing branches, branches rubbing against each other, shaded interior branches, dead wood and shoots-suckers and selectively remove diseased limbs and branches due to fire blight and/or bacterial canker.
Workers will keep the work area clean and safe by keeping cut branches away from the walking area.
Employee must use small knife to make cuts on the main stem of the tree, from 2 feet off the ground to the top of the tree. Use of a ladder or platform will be required. Workers may be required to apply a paint mixer to the cut they made with a hand held bottle spray.
Company supervisors will explain and demonstrate if necessary pruning requirements to all workers at the start of the season and as needed thereafter to ensure quality standards.
Care must be taken when pruning so as to provide the right amount of tree limb elimination. Pruning affects harvest fruit yields and quality significantly. Incorrect pruning can cause quality problems and must be prevented at all costs.
Worker will turn irrigation valves on and off and check irrigation lines for breaks, leaks or plugged sprinklers. Fix any leaks or plugs that are found. Dig up broken pipes with a shovel and repair them using a hand saw and glue. Operate an ATV to move from one block to another and to drive rows checking irrigation lines.
- Job Classification:
- 45-2092.00 - Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse