- Full Time:
- Number of Workers Requested:
- Job Duties:
- Workers will perform general tasks associated with orchard production to include but not limited to: plant, cultivate and harvest fruits, cleaning and maintenance of fields and equipment, prune trees. Use hand tools including, but not limited to: pruners, shovels, hoes and knives. Pick, cut, lift, or pull crops. Grade, size and field pack product. Take care to prevent damaging produce and trees. Use/handle ladders up to 20ft in length and weighing up to 60 lbs. Must be able to maneuver ladders on steep and uneven terrain.
Tree Training: hoeing, tree painting. Tie/position trees and limbs, together and to trellises, using string, tape, wire or other fasteners and supports. Thinning: hand thin to control 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 misshapen, damaged or otherwise unmarketable fruit. Pruning: Hand pruning 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/handle ladders up to 20 ft in length and weighing up to 60 lbs. Harvest: spot and/or strip pick fruit based on seasonal need. Snap fruit off trees with thumb and palm of hand to avoid stem pulls, punctures, bruising, or other damage. Pick culls and peelers. Fill fruit buckets and place fruit in bins. Work will include bin patching and tagging. Follow supervisor/foreman's instructions on color/size requirements. Must be able to differentiate between colors and fruit varieties accurately. Load/unload product. Keep material and product records accurately. Supervisors will explain and demonstrate picking requirements to all workers at the start of the season and as needed thereafter to ensure quality standards. Bruised or damaged fruit will be noted by supervisor(s) in a post-inspection quality report. Supervisors may issue written disciplinary notice to workers with a significant number of culls, bruised, or damaged fruit. Repeated failure to follow quality control instructions may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.
Work is done in the field for long periods of time. Workers may assist in handling product weighing up to 60 lbs and lifting to a height of 5 feet. Workers must work on their feet in bent positions for long periods of time. Work requires repetitive movements and extensive walking. Work required in fields when plants are wet with dew and rain, and may be required during light rain, snow, moderate winds, direct sun, high humidity and extreme temperatures. Temperatures from fields during work hours can range from 10 to over 100 degrees F. Workers may be required to work during occasional showers not severe enough to stop field operations. Assist with orchard maintenance and repairs. Root and rock pick-up. Allergies to ragweed, goldenrod, honey bees, insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, or related chemicals may affect a worker's ability to perform the job.
Workers must operate agricultural equipment safely, with or without direction. Workers should be able to do the work required with or without reasonable accommodations.
- Job Classification:
- 45-2092.00 - Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse