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Farm Workers and Laborers, Crop

Quarry Hill Orchards LLC

Berlin Heights, OH

$15.89 per hour

ACTIVE

Recruitment Information

Telephone Number to Apply:
+14195540022

Job Description

Full Time:
Yes
Number of Workers Requested:
8
Job Duties:
Pruning: • Work Involves cutting strategic branches out of either cherry, peach, plum or apple trees as directed by farm managers. Work will involve carrying and climbing a 30 pound ladder to a standing height of 5 feet above grade. Work will involve use of 36" wooden-handled pruning shears and/or hand held small shears. Work will involve pulling by hand new vertical growth (called "suckers") in apple trees. Thinning: • Work entails selectively removing small fruit (approx. +1/2 in diameter) of peach and apple to a desired spacing on the tree to allow better fruit growth and healthier, more consistent production. Work entails carrying and climbing a 30 pound ladder to a standing height of 5 feet above grade. Work may entail the use of a 24" padded wooden club to break up large peach clusters. Harvest: • (Peaches) Work involves selective picking ripe peaches exhibiting good uniform red/yellow color and moderate firmness. Most peach varieties are picked 3 to 4 times in order to achieve optimal conditions for all fruit. Work involves using a woven cotton picking strap temporarily attached to a wooden peach crate that holds 25 pounds of harvested product. Individuals will need to carry this assembly until such a time when the crate is full, but not overflowing. The crate then needs to be carried back to the truck or tractor holding the harvested fruit as switched out for an empty crate. Repeat. • (Apples) Work involves picking ripe apples exhibiting good, uniform color, firmness & sugar content specific to each variety. Proper instruction will take place at the beginning of the season as well as for each different variety that warrants specific consideration. In particular, the Honeycrisp variety will need extra care in harvesting and handling, as it is both a sensitive and valuable crop. Most varieties are picked 1or 2 times to maximize quality. Honeycrisp is picked in upwards of 5 times to achieve the same quality. • (Apples) Work involves using a padded galvanized harvest bag that contains about % of a bushel (30#) of apples. Crew members carry this bag over their shoulder with a woven cotton strap and move up and down specific rows of apples filling the bag. Once filled, the bag is walked back to one of our tractors pulling a specific trailer containing multiple 18-bu. bins. The bag is lowered gently into the bin so as to not bruise the fruit. Apples fall out the bottom of the bag. The worker then secures his bag and repeats the process. • (Peaches & Apples) Work entails carrying and climbing a 30# ladder to a standing height of 5 feet above grade. Grading & Repackaging: • (Peaches) Following harvest, the fruit will be graded by size, color and overall quality per pre- determined specifications set forth by management then repackaged accordingly for final sale. Sorting, lifting, palletizing and labeling are required as part of this activity. All fruit is handled from wooden harvest crates by hand and gently paced into a container designated for final sale. The final package will be a wooden crate or cardboard box weighing approximately 25#. Culled fruit is kept separate and sold accordingly. • (Apples) Once the apples have been brought from the field by crew leaders back to a central staging area, additional work will involve extracting fruit from the field-run harvest bins then grading them by size, color and overall quality per pre-determined specifications set forth by management then repackaged accordingly for final sale. Sorting, lifting, palletizing and labeling are required as part of this activity. The final package will be a wooden crate or cardboard box weighing approximately 42#. Culled fruit is placed back into a larger bin and labeled accordingly to separate sale.
Job Classification:
45-2092.00 - Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse

The job/industry classification and description includes general information on the position from ONET/OES and the North American Industry Classification System. Please review Job Duties and Job Order for more information.

Job Requirements

Experience Required:
No
Special Requirements:
Physically able to bend, stoop, and able to stand on feet for long periods of time. Physically able to meet and perform all job specifications. May be required to take random drug and / or alcohol tests, at no cost to the worker. Testing positive or failure to comply may result in immediate termination from employment. All testing and background check will occur after employment has started and is not a part of the interview process. May be required to submit a criminal background check, at no cost to the worker. Felony convictions that employer reasonably believes, consistent with current law, will impair the safety and living conditions of other workers or other individuals on the farm will result in immediate termination. Failure to comply with request for criminal background check may result in immediate termination of employment.
Number of Hours Per Week:
40
Work Schedule (Start/End time):
8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Employer Information

Company Name:
Quarry Hill Orchards LLC
Location:
Berlin Heights, OH 44814
Telephone Number:
+14195882858

Worksite

Address:
8403 Mason Road, Berlin Heights, OH 44814

Job Order Details

ETA Case Number:
H-300-22153-235494
Multiple Worksites:
No
Additional Wage Information:
Apple Honeycrisp per bin
Date Posted:
6/8/2022

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