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- This job requires a worker to: thin, train, prune and cherries, apples, pears and apricots, including planting, nursery and farm equipment operating and any general labor required for the growing of tree fruits.
THINNING is a manual process used to control the size and quality of grown fruit. This job requires the use 12-foot aluminum ladder. This process requires the employee to remove, in some cases not limited to the smallest fruit/blossom from within a cluster of other fruits. Workers will be expected to identify and remove fruit that is misshapen, damaged and/or with other quality problems as directed.
TRAINING is a process in which the fruit tree is manipulated to increase yield and/or quality. This job requires the use 12-foot aluminum ladder. Training may be performed from a motorized platform, the ground or ladder.
PRUNING, numerous varieties of apple and cherries trees according to established company procedures based on the difference in the treatment of different varieties. Work will be performed on trees for long periods of time using a variety of pruning equipment including hand shears, hand pruners, hand saws. Job may be done from the ground or a 12 ft. ladder, a motorized platform or the ground. Pruning, requires removal of stubs or broken branches, downward-growing branches, branches which rub against each other, shaded interior branches, dead wood and shoots/suckers. with hand pruning saws and clippers, mechanized equipment of pruning activities.
HARVEST, worker will hand harvest cherries, pears, apricots & apples. Worker will attach harness, bucket or bag and picks low hanging fruit while standing on the ground and higher branches while standing on a ladder or platform. Worker will pick according to grade, color and size or maturity by grasping fruit with their hands and removing from the tree in a motion so as not to harm the fruit or the tree. Worker will carry harness, bucket or bag of up to 60 lbs. and will place fruit into wooden or plastic bins which hold approximately 25 bushels of fruit or lug that holds 20 to 30 lbs. of fruit depending on commodity. Care must be exercised at all times to prevent bruising of fruit.
PLANTING, Workers will perform any combination of the following duties; preparing soil, digging holes by hand or using a hole digger or auger. Trees would be planted in rows as indicated by GPS in precision uniform rows.
NURSERY, Workers will perform any combination of the following duties; preparing soil, cultivating and otherwise participating in horticultural activities in nursery, hauling spreading topsoil & fertilizer, rake, spray, weed and irrigate trees.
MACHINE OPERATION, Drive/operate tractors, sprayers and irrigation system; drive vehicles to haul supplies, tools or workers.
GENERAL LABOR, workers are to perform duties generally performed in a growing season. This could include cleaning the orchard of debris after harvest or pruning. Laying out or collecting reflective paper in the orchard (Mylar paper), installing and take down of orchard canopy/cover, painting young trees base.
- Job Classification:
- 45-2092.00 - Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse