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Orchard laborers needed for pruning, thinning, training, harvesting, and other specialized orchard tasks at employer-owned apple and cherry orchard sites. Tasks may be performed on ground level, using 10–12 foot ladders, or from a motorized platform.
Workers will be primarily responsible for proper and efficient pruning, thinning, training, and harvesting of apples and cherries. Supervisor(s) will provide instructions and directions to workers. Workers must be able to comprehend and follow instructions and communicate effectively to supervisors. Unusual, complex or non-routine activities will be supervised. Workers expected to perform basic duties in a proficient manner without close supervision.
Pruning involves trimming numerous varieties of apple or cherry trees in accordance with current company pruning standards. Pruning standards may change from time to time based on block, variety, crop yield, or other company, market, or horticultural needs. Work may be performed outside for long periods of time using a variety of company provided manual hand tools, including hand shears, loppers, and saws. Workers are expected to possess or quickly acquire pruning skills to identify and remove specified branches, including stubs or broken branches; downward growing branches; branches which rub against each other; shaded interior branches; dead wood; and shoots or suckers.
Thinning involves manually removing fruit or buds to control the size, quality and/or quantity of mature fruit. Thinning standards may change from time to time based on block, variety, crop yield, or other company, market, or horticultural needs. Workers must possess or quickly acquire the ability to identify and remove fruit that is misshapen, damaged, and/or contains other quality problems, as directed by the Company.
Training involves physically tying, taping, clipping, or otherwise affixing tree limbs to trellis structure to train the tree limb(s) to grow in a specific direction. Training standards may change from time to time based on block, variety, crop yield, or other company, market, or horticultural needs. Workers must possess or quickly acquire the ability to properly train apple and/or cherry trees in accordance with current company standards.
Harvesting involves the manual hand harvesting of apples and/or cherries. Worker will attach harness, bucket, or bag and pick low hanging fruit from ground level, using ladders, or from a motorized platform. Worker will pick according to current company provided criteria, including, but not limited to, grade, color, and/or size. Worker must handle and harvest the fruit in a manner that does not bruise or damage the fruit or harm adjacent buds or fruit on the tree branches. Workers will have their fruit checked for damage and bruising. Any bruise the size of a pencil end or bigger will be counted. If the sampled bin of fruit contains 5-9 bruises a warning ticket is issued; a second warning ticket will result in a two (2) day suspension; a third warning ticket will result in termination. Warning ticket counts will reset at the end of cherry harvest and at the end of apple harvest. Workers may also be required to examine harvested fruit in bins and sort out any fruit not meeting the specified criteria, or any foreign objects, including branches, leaves, etc. Workers must possess or quickly acquire the ability to properly harvest apples and/or cherries in accordance with current company harvest standards.
For apple harvest, worker will carry harness, bucket, or bag of up to 60 pounds and carefully place fruit in wooden or plastic bins measuring 47” x 47” x 24”, which holds approximately 25 bushels of apples. For cherry harvest, worker will carry harness, bucket, or bag of up to 20 pounds and carefully place fruit into plastic lugs which hold approximately 30 pounds of cherries.
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- 45-2092.00 - Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse