- Full Time:
- Number of Workers Requested:
- Job Duties:
- Cultivate, harvest, clean, grade and pack apples, peaches, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries; plant, transplant and cultivate fruit trees/plants. Pick, lift, or pull crops during harvest. Snap fruit off tree with thumb and palm of hand to avoid stem pulls, punctures, bruising, or other damage. Pick culls and peelers. Fill fruit buckets/containers and place fruit in bins/truck beds/trailers or in designated area. Follow supervisor/foreman's instructions on color/size requirements. Hand thin to control the size and quality of fruit. Remove fruit blossom, bud and/or identifiable fruit from within a cluster of other fruits. Must accurately identify and remove defected, damaged or otherwise unmarketable fruit. Hand prune based on fruit variety. Use manual and mechanized pruning tools and equipment. Identify and remove stubs or broken branches, downward-growing branches, branches rubbing against each other, shaded interior branches, dead wood and shoots-suckers. Use hand tools including, but not limited to: shovels, hoes and knives. Spread plastic or other ground covering. Clean plastic by hand from ground upon removal. Till soil. Weed and thin plants. Stake, tie, trellis and/or prune plants. Grade, size, and sort product according to color, shape, size, appearance, feel, and/or quality, in accordance with supervisor's instructions and employer standards. Inspect products for damage/defects and discard inferior products and foreign matter. Place product in bins/trays and other containers according to grade. Peel and slice apples. Work on production line to pack product by hand or with mechanized equipment, including but not limited to bagging machines, bin feeders, box machines, labeling machines, regular and high stacking forklifts. Fill bins/trays and other containers with product, level bins, and prepare product for shipment to market or storage. Perform quality control on inbound/outbound loads. Palletize and stack boxes/containers. Move product to storage areas and/or loading areas to prepare for shipping. Take care to prevent damaging produce and plants. Install/maintain irrigation systems and water lines. Move and install irrigation pipes and equipment. Dig and maintain ditches. Install and remove levee gates. Apply fertilizers as needed. May operate equipment on a smaller scale as needed. Workers must operate all equipment properly and in a manner that protects operator, others, the employer's products and property. Mow, cut, and weed fields. Perform ditching, shoveling, hoeing, hauling, ground preparation, perform post-harvest activities and other manual tasks. Lift, carry, and load/unload products or supplies. Clean and maintain work areas, fields and buildings. Build/repair fences. Assist with Agricultural Practices policies. Allergies to ragweed, goldenrod, honey bees, insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, or related chemicals may affect a worker's ability to perform the job. Persons seeking employment in this position must be available for the entire period requested by the employer. Employer reserves the right to discharge an obviously unqualified worker, malingerer or recalcitrant worker who is physically able but is unwilling to perform the work necessary for the employer to grow a premium quality product, or for any other lawful reason.
Employer may request, but not require, workers to work more than the stated daily hours and/or on a worker's Sabbath or federal holidays. Worker must report to work at designated time and place each day. Daily or weekly work schedule may vary due to weather, sunlight, temperature, crop conditions, and other factors. Employer will notify workers of any change to start time.
Workers should expect occasional periods of little or no work because of weather, crop or other conditions beyond the employer's control. These periods can occur anytime throughout the season.
- Job Classification:
- 45-2092.02 - Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop