- Full Time:
- Number of Workers Requested:
- Job Duties:
- All Activities: Workers will perform all job specifications as instructed by the Farm Manager or Crew Supervisor. Each worker will receive and identification badge and pre-printed numeric stickers, to be used during harvest activities and throughout the employment period. Duties may vary from time to time and may include all of the following job specifications:
Runner Cutting/Trimming: Worker will walk down row as instructed and cut/trim runners, leaves, and blooms as directed from each strawberry plant as necessary.
Freeze Protection Activities: May assist regardless of time of day, in keeping overhead irrigation rain birds free of ice during freezing weather.
Assist in Plastic Laying: Workers will hold plastic at end of row as machine moves down row unrolling plastic. Workers will even up ends of row with a shovel to make them straight, also will clean out ditches at end of row. Unload plastic and drip-tape from truck and load plastic and drip- tape on field machine as needed. May be instructed to remove or reinstall rain bird.
Drip-tape Hook Up: Workers will be required to cut drip-tape at end of bed as instructed and hook up drip-tape to main water line.
Strawberry Planting: While carrying a bag of strawberry plants, worker will walk down row, while bending, and place one or two plants into each hole in the plastic as instructed and firm dirt around plant.
Weeding: Workers will remove weeds by use of a hoe from the walk-way and remove all weeds growing around plants by hand. Workers will remove weeds from the growing area, by raking piles of debris and dispose of it as instructed.
Plastic and Drip-tape Removal: Unhook drip-tape from main water line, walk down row while pulling plastic down the bed until it is completely removed. Take removed plastic to proper disposal or burning station, as instructed.
Strawberry Harvest: Workers will move down assigned rows picking all ripe berries, grading berries while harvesting, taking care to sort and pack containers by size, shape, color, quality, and quantity as directed. Each worker must pick the plants clean of all ripe fruit, sort, and pack all good berries into specified containers, within the box, according to very high quality standards as set forth in the Company Production and Quality Standard. Bad berries will be packed or disposed of as determined by the Supervisor. Each worker shall handle berries carefully to avoid bruising. Bruising will weaken the berry. Each harvesting worker is expected to move with the crew from row to row to maintain the efficiency level. Upon completion of each box picked, the worker will place their assigned numeric sticker on the box, take his/her packed box to the crate shed to be viewed for grade, receive credit on his/her assigned numeric sticker, and receive a new box with containers. Any containers that are over or under packed, or consist of poor quality fruit, will be returned to the worker for repacking. Upon completion of an assigned row, the worker will move to the next vacant row to be picked. Harvester may receive disciplinary notice if quality standards are an issue.
Harvest Processing Strawberries: As instructed, worker will move down assigned row picking all ripe strawberries, and discarding any bad berries that show evidence of rot or insect damage. Worker will be instructed to remove the cap (flower) of the strawberry with the aid of a slicing tool that is attached to the worker’s picking cart. Worker will pick the berry, slide it across slicer to remove cap. Uncapped berry will be dropped into harvesting tray, weighing approximately 20 lbs. when full the trays are then taken to crate shed at the end of the row (worker receives credit on his/her assigned numeric sticker), and a new tray is obtained.
- Job Classification:
- 45-2092.00 - Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse