- Full Time:
- Number of Workers Requested:
- Job Duties:
- Worker will be required to perform a variety of duties related to the production of cherries, apples, pears, peaches, and various vegetables and melons. The majority of the work activities during the overall contract period, however, will be related to general farm work/irrigation/crop production.
Duties related to general farm work may include the following responsibilities: maintain, drive, attach and operate farm implements/tractors/equipment to till soil, plant, cultivate, fertilize, and harvest crops; make minor mechanical adjustments and repairs on farm machinery; operate vehicle, motor bike, or all-terrain vehicle in the course of performing duties; recognize crop nutrient/moisture requirements an apply the appropriate care; mix and/or spray chemicals such as herbicides, fungicides, and pesticides (according to appropriate restrictive use laws, when/if applicable) by hand or machine; spread fertilizer; haul/spread soil or products to condition land; lift items such as rolls of plastic, bundles of wire, and rolls of drip tape overhead; read/interpret meters used to regulate/control environmental conditions; start fans that circulate air or light smudge pots or torches to prevent frost damage; mow/tend farm areas; paint/repair/maintain farm structures/grounds; perform general clean-up of farm areas and worksites; align, set up, adjust, and test machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment; mix/prepare specified materials or chemicals; fill sprayer tank with water and chemicals, according to formula; connect hoses and nozzles; drive machinery with implements to spray trees/crops; start motor and engage machinery such as sprayer agitator and pump; lift, push, and swing nozzles, hoses, and tubes to direct spray over designated area; manipulate controls to set, activate, and adjust mechanisms on machinery; observe and listen to machinery operation to detect equipment malfunctions; operate hand sprayer or towed machine to spray crops; maintain, clean, and repair equipment, supplies, and/or systems; climb in and out of tall trucks and various truck beds and/or trailers; operate tractor/truck/forklift to load/unload products; work with augers, gas motors, generators and electrical cords; watch gauges, dials, or other indicators to ensure proper machine operation; adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions; prepare for harvesting of crop including spreading liners in bins and rolling bins into blocks by hand.
Duties related to irrigation may include the following:
Hand lines: connect pipes; check alignment of pipe and adjust for proper water distribution; attach lines to water supply; turn on pump; turn valves to start flow of water; disassemble lines and carry pipes across fields at specified intervals; move pipes through freshly irrigated crops and/or plowed fields where mud may be deep at times; lift and carry pipe sections weighing approximately 40 pounds on a sustained basis.
Flood Irrigation: lift gate in side of flooded irrigation ditch/pipe permitting water to flow into bordered section of field; shovel and pack dirt in low spots of embankment or cut trenches in high areas to direct water flow; close gate in ditch/pipe when bordered section is flooded; open gate or connect pipe to underground pipe system that releases water flow into reservoir or ditch; siphon water from flooded reservoir or ditch to channel water into designated areas; shovel or hoe soil to clear ditches/furrows and build embankments to appropriately channel water; mix and apply proper solutions to fill holes/cracks in pipes, ditches, and spillways, and make minor repairs to metal, concrete, and wooden frameworks in pipe and ditch valves and gates.
Drip Irrigation: move and lay drip irrigation equipment in fields; maintain and repair drip irrigation; flush drip irrigation lines; remove drip irrigation and layflat from fields prior to harvest; walk behind tractor to ensure layflat spools correctly when removing from field.
- Job Classification:
- 45-2092.00 - Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse