- Full Time:
- Number of Workers Requested:
- Job Duties:
- Perform manual labor to harvest, grade, sort and field pack blackberries and prune blackberry bushes.
Walk through assigned row while bending and reaching to pick ripe blackberries by hand without bruising or damaging the fruit or bush. Workers must use care to pick bushes clean of all berries of the correct color and size, as instructed by their supervisor. Green and red berries must not be picked. Berries for fresh fruit markets must not be picked when wet. Defective and low quality fruit will not be accepted and must be discarded. Workers will not break skin, damage, drop or bruise produce, or leave any appropriate product on the plant during harvest. Workers must complete their own assigned rows as instructed by supervisor.
Berries will be graded and packed into clam shell containers in flat trays according to supervisor's instructions ensuring that there are no leaks. Once flat trays of clamshells are full, workers will carry two or three trays at one time to trailers located in the fields at the end of the rows where fruit is inspected for quality and weight. Berries may also be harvested into buckets which are then carried to the end of the rows for inspection and dumping.
Use hand tools such as shovels, tampers, pruning hooks, machetes, hoes and knives. Install or remove stakes, wire, netting or string. Pull weeds or hoe weeds in the field. Operate, repair, and maintain farm vehicles and agricultural equipment. Grade, sort, wash, select, label, pack, count, check, load and unload harvested products. Stack boxes onto pallets, transport vehicles or trailers. Transport berries in the fields. Assemble cartons, crates and containers using hand tools. Grade and sort products according to specified factors and discard defective, inferior and/or foreign matter. Place acceptable products in specified containers according to grade. Clean and maintain materials, containers, fields, work areas, grounds, and equipment.
Clean fields when harvest activities are complete. Workers will walk down rows, bending to prune and remove floricanes that are done producing fruit and tipping runners using hand pruners. Primocanes will be left unharmed by the removal process. Pruned canes will be piled in row middles. Workers must have a general understanding of how pruning affects competition with fruiting canes as instructed by supervisor. Improper pruning can cause problems with fruit load, fruit size, disease severity, and overall production.
Workers who apply for and obtain an FLC or FLC employee certificate of registration with driving authorized by the USDOL Wage and Hour Division during the employment period may transport workers and may be offered additional work hours. Assist with Good 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 attests that it has sent (or will promptly send) original surety bond to CNPC.
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