- Full Time:
- Number of Workers Requested:
- Job Duties:
- Duties include machine harvesting, stacking, loading/unloading blueberries and forklift and tractor operation. Other duties may include hand harvesting, transporting blueberries from field to packing shed (on farm only), base pruning, cutting-trimming, staking plants, pulling weeds, repairing irrigation, applying fertilizer, packing and processing blueberries in the shed located on the farm / in the field, maintenance, cleanup and performing general farm labor. This will be done under extreme weather conditions such as heat and direct sunlight, cold weather, possible rain, wind and exposure to pollen. Physical conditions will include but are not limited to heavy bending and stooping. Heavy lifting will be involved on a daily basis.
Workers will work in teams to machine harvest and stack blueberries. Workers who operate the machine harvester must be careful to avoid damaging blueberry bushes. Workers will load empty lugs onto machine harvester, monitor lugs on belt line as blueberries come in, and unload and stack filled lugs on pallet or wagon. Workers may also drive and operate a forklift to load and unload the blueberry pallets, or drive and operate a tractor while pulling a wagon or two wagons full of blueberry lugs to field packing shed or truck for loading. Tractor drivers should be able to properly back tractors while pulling wagons. Forklift and tractor operators must take care to not drop lugs, which may be empty or full of blueberries. All workers must always follow safety rules.
The employer will provide the tools necessary to perform the described job duties without charge to the worker. The employer will charge to the workers for reasonable costs related to the worker's refusal or negligent failure to return the tools or due to such worker's willful damage or destruction of the tools.
Sanitation Requirements: For food and general safety purposes, all workers will be required and expected to follow common sanitary practices at all times. This is particularly critical when working in agricultural 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. All workers must report all injuries, illnesses and/or disease. Workers shall report immediately any cuts or abrasions that cause open bleeding. No tobacco, food, gum, candy, drugs or medication is allowed while working in the field. Glass bottles, drinking glasses, or any item made from glass are prohibited in the field. No jewelry, watches or fingernails longer than 1/8" are allowed. No open toe shoes or sandals are permitted. Improper hygiene will not be tolerated. Keep restrooms, rest areas and portable facilities in the field clean for others.
- Job Classification:
- 45-2091.00 - Agricultural Equipment Operators