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Farm Workers

Wiggins Watermelons, LLC

Dalhart, TX

$13.88 per hour

ACTIVE

Recruitment Information

Email address to Apply:
jody@wigginswatermelons.com
Web address to Apply:
https://workintexas.com

Job Description

Full Time:
Yes
Number of Workers Requested:
50
Job Duties:
Perform manual labor to harvest, grade, sort, load, and pack watermelon. Watermelons are harvested by hand using hand tools. During the cutting process, a farm worker walks in a designated area selecting mature watermelons to be harvested by sight only. Once a watermelon has been selected for harvest, the cutter will sever the watermelon from the vine with a knife and place it in the designated area. The selection of mature watermelons to be harvested is based on appearance only considering the variances in shape, size, weight, and external color while also considering other factors such as location of vine, age of crop, number of times crop has been cut, growing conditions of crop, as well as variety of watermelons. Once the watermelon is severed from the vine, cutters determine the grade or class of the watermelon and discard any watermelons with defects which render them unmarketable. During the loading process, a farm worker walks in a designated area while lifting preselected watermelons, then pitches the watermelons to another farm worker who catches the watermelons and pitches them to another farm worker or gently places them in the designated area or transport vehicle. Watermelons are unloaded and packed by hand using aid of conveyor belts and sizing machines. In the packing process, watermelons are unloaded from harvest transport vehicle where employees lift watermelons from harvest vehicle and pass to another employee who gently places the watermelon on the in feed conveyer. The watermelon then travels into the packing facility where it is graded by hand and disbursed to the correct packing station by the sizing machine. An employee then lifts the fruit from the sizing station and gently places watermelons in bin while assuring count and pack layout for each bin is correct for their sizing station. Erecting boxes, placing pallets at stations and placing boxes at stations is a duty necessary to keep production flowing and is part of the packing process. Duties also include field and shed sanitation. As a minor activity, workers will tend to the crop and may plant crop. All job activities are required to be done cautiously as not to damage growing crops or product. Workers are required to practice 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. Work Schedule: During the harvest season, the employer will offer 2 shifts per 24 hours: (Shift 1) 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Shift 2) 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a 30 minute unpaid lunch break Monday through Saturday. 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. Workers may be assigned a variety of duties in any given day and different tasks on different days. TERMINATION. All workers will be subject to a two day introductory period, during which the employer will evaluate workers' performance of required tasks.
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:
Walk, bend, stoop, push and pull for prolonged periods of time. Pitch, catch, lift, carry and load up to 50 pounds repetitively. Work in unfavorable conditions such as high temperatures, wet or dry/dusty conditions and general summer time adversity. Drug testing is conducted post-hire at the employer's expense and is not part of the interview process. Negative results are required before starting work.
Number of Hours Per Week:
40
Work Schedule (Start/End time):
9:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.

Employer Information

Company Name:
Wiggins Watermelons, LLC
Location:
Caldwell, TX 77836
Telephone Number:
+19792721076

Worksite

Address:
12501 Nicholes Rd (field and packing house), Dalhart, TX 79022

Job Order Details

ETA Case Number:
H-300-22158-252930
Multiple Worksites:
No
Date Posted:
6/22/2022

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