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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Farmworker; Diversified

Jones & Church Farms, Inc.

Jonesborough, TN

$13.89 per hour

ACTIVE

Recruitment Information

Telephone Number to Apply:
+14237433181
Web address to Apply:
https://seasonaljobs.dol.gov/

Job Description

Full Time:
Yes
Number of Workers Requested:
210
Job Duties:
Worker must possess the physical strength and endurance (ability to continue or last) to repeat the harvest process though out the workday, working quickly and skillfully to perform activities assigned during that activity. Workers may not leave trash, or other discarded items in work areas or vehicles but must dispose of such items in provided receptacles. Workers must wash hands with soap and water after all bathroom and meal breaks. Allergies to varieties of ragweed, goldenrod, insecticides, related agricultural chemicals, etc., may affect worker’s ability to perform the work described herein. Sanitation Requirements: For food and general personal safety purposes, all workers will be required and expected to follow common sanitary practices at all times. This is particularly critical when hand harvesting crops for human consumption. Employees are required to cleanse their hands by washing them thoroughly with soap and water after using the bathroom and before entering the fields for harvest activities or the packing facility for packing operations. Workers will plant, cultivate, and harvest tomatoes. Workers will be required to remove weeds by hand or with a hoe. Workers will bend and stoop to pick vegetables according to size, color, shape and degree of maturity and place into field containers. Workers may carry full container weighing approximately fifty (50) lbs. and empty into field bin or load onto trailer. May be required to pull and discard culls as directed by supervisor. Pickers will take care not to bruise or scar produce. Pre-harvest activities may include staking, tying, transplanting, and pruning. Workers will stand on feet for long periods of time. Workers are required to work in fields when plants are wet with dew or rain. Temperatures in fields during working hours can range from forty (40) to over one hundred (100) degrees. Tomato planting, cultivation, and harvest: Workers will help in installing plastic and drip irrigation tubing on raided beds in tomato rows in the field. Workers will cover edges of plastic with soil using long handle shovels being careful not to tear or puncture plastic, Workers will not be expected to operate equipment used in application of the plastic row covers. Workers will plant weed, drive stakes, and apply string every two plants, prune all suckers to the first main fork on the tomato plant being careful not to break leaves or injure the stem of the plant. At harvest time workers will pick mature green tomatoes from the vine, remove stems and place in standard 5/8-bushel plastic picking bin. Care must be exercised to prevent bruising of the tomatoes. When the picking buckets are full, the worker will carry them to the truck where they are dumped into bins for transport to the packinghouse. Tomatoes vines and product must be free of moisture before harvest begins. This drying usually occurs before noon therefore workers are expected to begin work around noon and continue until 8:00pm. After the tomatoes are transported to the packing house, workers will assist in the unloading, dumping, grading, and packing. The workers may make boxes and lids, place different grade sized of tomatoes in box, apply lids, and stack on pallets and load trucks for transport to market. Much of the packinghouse work will be done in the evenings of the same days the tomatoes are harvested. Workers will also pick red/pink tomatoes at times. When doing this they will remove from the vines all tomatoes that are showing any red or pink color, ranging from a small spot of red on the blossom end to the fully red tomato. Workers will place harvested tomatoes in standard 5/8-bushel plastic picking buckets discarding any cat-faced, deformed, decayed or water damaged tomatoes on the ground between rows.
Job Classification:
45-2092.02 - Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop

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:
Yes
Months of Experience Required:
3
Special Requirements:
Must have three months experience hand harvesting a perishable crop. Applicants must be able to furnish affirmative job references from recent employers. Must be able to work in the hot humid weather for extended periods of time. Workers are subject to random drug testing at no cost to the employee. All drug testing will occur after the worker begins his or her employment and is not a part of the interview process. Failing or refusing a drug test will result in immediate termination.
Number of Hours Per Week:
40
Work Schedule (Start/End time):
7:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Employer Information

Company Name:
Jones & Church Farms, Inc.
Location:
Unicoi, TN 37692
Telephone Number:
+14237433181

Worksite

Address:
3510 Hwy 81 S, Jonesborough , TN 37659

Job Order Details

ETA Case Number:
H-300-22108-078060
Multiple Worksites:
No
Additional Wage Information:
Stake Tomatoes $0.65 per 100 ft
Date Posted:
4/21/2022

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