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Field Worker (strawberry Harvest Organic and Conventional)

Elkhorn Packing Co. LLC

Moss Landing, CA

$17.51 per hour


Recruitment Information

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Job Description

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Field Worker: Strawberry Harvest (Organic and Conventional) to perform the following duties: Strawberries: Picking strawberries in field for fresh market while and at the same time, collecting unmarketable fruit for juice, picking for freezer, and at the same time collecting unmarketable fruit for juice. Harvest: Workers will perform duties associated with and directly related to strawberry harvest work. Including but not limited to picking and packing in the field for fresh market and juice at the same time. Harvest may also require picking fruit directly in Juice trays or Freezer trays as well if deemed necessary. Harvesting Fresh: Pickers must be able to distinguish quality and ripeness and place berries in tray/packing containers ranging from eight 1 lb, four 2 lb, two 4 lb to twelve 1-pint basket containers per box in the field. Employees shall harvest for fresh market while at the same time collecting unmarketable berries for the juice market. Juiced berries shall be berries with the green calyx stem still attached to the berry. Box sizes vary due to clam shells and manufactures, currently boxes are 8-9 pounds of fruit. Harvesting Freezer: Pickers must be able to distinguish quality, ripeness, and place berries in a tray/packing container directly into plastic freezer tubs in the field. Employees shall harvest for freezer market while at the same time collecting unmarketable berries for the juice market. Freezer berries shall be berries harvested with the green calyx stem hand-removed in the field. Juice berries shall be berries with green calyx stem still attached to the berry. Dimensions for Freezer, 18 inches long x 13 inch wide, 5 inch depth. Workers must perform the assigned work and may not switch work assignments without specific authorization of a company supervisor. Workers must be willing, able, available, and qualified to perform the job duties, expected to perform all jobs in an efficient manner while maintaining the work pace of the crew. Workers are expected to harvest at a pace of at least 80% of the crew average. For example, if the Crew averages 10 trays an hour, we expect the slowest picker to at least harvest 8 trays per hour. Instructions and general supervision will be provided by a designated crew leader or company supervisor. However, workers are expected to perform their duties in a timely and proficient manner and to maintain production and quality standards without close direct supervision. This is a very demanding and competitive business in which quality inspections and good agricultural practices must be rigorously adhered to. Sloppy, inconsistent, or improper work will not be tolerated. All work must be evaluated by their supervisor(s) after a specified period of actual harvesting in regards to the ability to maintain sufficient pace, correctly identifying quality, pack strawberries, and similar factors. Workers whose job performance is sloppy, inconsistent, inefficient will be subject for termination. Workers may occasionally and/or sporadically perform duties associated with and directly related to the primary duties. Such work will be temporary and unsubstantial agricultural labor.
Job Classification:
45-2092.00 - Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse

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

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1 month of strawberry harvest experience. Specific requirements include lifting up to 50 pounds frequently and able to use hand tools, including cutting knives. Must be able to work under conditions where skin and clothing become heavily soiled with mud, water, grease, etc. Must be able to work outdoors in inclement weather conditions, including rain, cold, high winds, etc. Work involves frequent bending and working in bent or stooped positions. Must be able to walk and stand up extensively. No smoking, alcohol, firearms in the field or residential housing. Work is performed in open fields and may involve exposure to mud, dust, wind, heat, cold, and other natural elements. Temperatures can range from 30 degrees Fahrenheit to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the period of employment. Workers should come prepared with appropriate clothing and footwear for the environmental and working conditions described. See Addendum C.
Number of Hours Per Week:
Work Schedule (Start/End time):
5:00 P.M. - 12:30 P.M.

Employer Information

Company Name:
Elkhorn Packing Co. LLC
Salinas, CA 93901
Telephone Number:


174 Struve Road, Moss Landing, CA 95039

Job Order Details

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