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apples and peaches.
For food and general personal safety purposes, all workers will be required and expected to follow common sanitary practices at all times. This is particularly critical when hand harvesting crops for human consumption. Employees are required to cleanse their hands by washing them thoroughly with soap and water after using the bathroom and before entering the fields for harvest activities.
Pick apples and peaches from trees for fresh market. Workers must be physically able to pick tree fruit, most of which is done from ladders, with lower branches being picked from ground. Picked fruit is placed in a metal-framed canvas covered picking bucket with canvas straps that slip over the head and rest on the shoulders. Filled bucket, weighing up to 40 lbs., is emptied into bulk bins. When necessary, workers are required to handle and pick from ladders up to 16 ft. in length and weighing 25 to 40 pounds. Worker places ladder firmly against or within tree in a secure position so as not to break limbs or knock off fruit and to prevent slipping or falling. All fruit must be handled with care to avoid bruising. Apples injured by bruising during picking shall not exceed 0 percent for fresh and 0 percent for processing. Productivity must be at least 5 bins (125 bushels) fresh market or 7 bins (175 bushels) processing fruit per day. Each tree will be picked according to instructions given each day by the orchard foreman. A few fresh varieties may require stem clipping of each apple before placing the apple in the picking bag. Primary duty will be to harvest fruit; however other duties may be offered including hand thinning fruit, picking roots, rocks and other debris, mulching, pruning (may require the use of chainsaws), cutting shoots and suckers, raking cuttings and debris, inserting/removing tree spreaders, pulling or cutting thorny plants, weeds and vines from around trees (some weeds may be noxious), hand placement of rodent baits around trees, cleaning and clearing fence rows and farm buildings. May operate and help maintain hand-operated equipment, such as loppers, trimmers and shears. Employer expects workers to work with or without supervision at such tasks.
General: Work on production line. Grade, size, sort, and pack product. Bunch/bundle product pursuant to supervisor instructions. Fill bins/trays and other containers with product, level bins, and prepare product for shipment to market or storage. Perform quality control on inbound/outbound loads. Follow quality control standards and production procedures. Handle product carefully to prevent damage. Lift, carry, and load/unload products or supplies. Palletize and stack boxes/containers. Use power equipment including, but not limited, to: fork lifts, conveyor belts, and cooling equipment/refrigeration units. Operate equipment safely, with or without direction. Assist with regular maintenance on equipment. Clean/sanitize work station and equipment.
Must be able to safely maneuver ladders up to 16 feet in length on steep and uneven terrain. Must be experienced in distinguishing between apple varieties and be able to spot pick trees for acceptable color. Field supervision monitors workers to ensure fruit is not bruised in picking. Must be able to sort out fruit with defects.
Work is to be done for long periods of time. Workers should be able to work on their feet in bent positions for long periods of time. Work requires repetitive movements and extensive walking. Allergies to ragweed, goldenrod, insect spray, related chemicals, etc. may affect workers’ ability to perform the job. Workers are exposed to wet weather early in the morning through the heat of the day, working in fields. Temperatures may range from 35 to 100+ F. Workers may be required to work during occasional showers not severe enough to stop field operations.
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- 45-2092.00 - Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse