- Full Time:
- Number of Workers Requested:
- Job Duties:
- Workers will plant, thin, prune and train apple trees, and perform orchard labor, perform duties on a motorized platform, from the ground and /or utilizing a ladder. Worker must possess the ability to pick up and handle a 10-12 foot orchard ladder. All other duties assigned under this order are those of the Farm Worker, Diversified Crops, Standard Occupational Classification (SOC): 45-2092 job under the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Spread plastic or other ground covering. Clean plastic by hand from ground upon removal. Till soil. Weed and thin plants. Transplant plants by hand. Take care to prevent damaging produce and plants. Mow, cut, and weed fields. Perform ditching, shoveling, hoeing, hauling, ground preparation, and other manual tasks. Bending, stooping and kneeling required. Use hand tools including but not limited to hoes, shovels, shears, clippers, loppers, and saws. Lift, carry, and load/unload products or supplies.
Use/maintain power equipment including but not limited to: tractors, planters, mowers, plows, sprayers, cultivators, power shears, chain saws, high lifts, forklifts, skid loaders and platforms. Must operate agricultural equipment safely, with or without direction. Workers may not use a cell phone or handheld device while operating equipment.
Workers with a clean driving record (no major moving violations such as but not limited to Driving While Intoxicated or Reckless Driving) and able to obtain an insurable driver's license may be required to drive company vehicles.
Care of young non-producing fruit trees, including weeding, tree trunk painting, hand fertilizing and hand clipping. Workers will install, deploy, repair and remove shade cloth and trellis by placing posts, wires and cloth for support and shade of orchards using hand and mechanical tools. Install/maintain irrigation systems and water lines. Move and install irrigation pipes and equipment. Apply pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and other crop protectants. Mix and apply fertilizers, plant growth chemicals, conditioners, and other plant related treatments at the correct times depending on plant type, growth, climate and crop conditions. Dig and maintain ditches. Install and remove levee gates. Clear debris from field and
clean/maintain farm buildings, structures, equipment, and work areas. Assist with farm building/field maintenance and repairs. Build/repair fences.
Workers will be required to attend an orientation on workplace rules, policies and safety information prior to beginning work on or after the date of need, and continuing safety meetings throughout the contract period.
Planting: Propagate plants by placing buds/scions. Plant seedlings or 'liners' by hand or with mechanical planter. Clear cull stock, brush and debris. Dig holes and shovel dirt.
Tree Training: hoeing, tree painting, weed mat application. Tie/position trees and limbs, together and to trellises, using string, tape, wire or other fasteners and supports.
Thinning: Hand thin to control the 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, shoots-suckers, and selectively remove diseased limbs and branches due to fire blight and/or bacterial canker.
Use/handle ladders up to 12 ft. in length and weighing up to 30 lbs. or perform work on motorized platform. Training
Workers will be given a two-day training period. During the two-day training period, workers will not be disciplined based on quality.
- Job Classification:
- 45-2092.00 - Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse