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Orchard Worker


Winchester, VA

$14.16 per hour


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Job Description

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Job Duties:
Crops/Commodities: Apples. General Instructions and overall supervision and direction of workers will be provided by a company supervisor. Workers hired pursuant to this labor certification must be able to comprehend and follow instructions of a company supervisor and communicate effectively to supervisors. Unusual, complex or non-routine activities will be supervised. Workers will be expected to perform basic duties in a timely and proficient manner without close supervision. Failure to comply with operating, pesticide protection and safety standards may result in termination. Work assignments will be made at the sole discretion of the employer conditional on unforeseen circumstances such as weather or other unscheduled/unexpected interruptions in regular work. Workers must perform the assigned work and may not perform duties not provided in this application, or work in areas not assigned without the specific authorization of the foreman or crew boss. Workers will be expected to perform any of the listed duties as assigned by his/her supervisor. Workers should be able to work on their feet in bent positions for long periods of time. Workers must be able to climb, stand, sit, stoop, squat, kneel, crouch, bend (from the waist), push, pull, reach and lift. Work requires repetitive movements and extensive walking. Workers will work outdoors which involves exposure to sun (heat and humidity), wind, rain, soil, mud, dust, cold, insects and other natural elements. Temperatures may range from 30 to 100 F. Allergies to ragweed, goldenrod, insect spray, related chemicals, etc. may affect workers' ability to perform the job. Workers should be physically able to do the work required with or without reasonable accommodations. Work is to be done for long periods of time. Workers may be required to work during occasional showers not severe enough to stop field operations. Workers are exposed to wet weather early in the morning through the heat of the day. Saturday work required. Must be able to lift/carry 50 lbs. Employer-paid post-hire drug testing is required upon reasonable suspicion of use and after a worker has an accident at work. Harvest Quality is essential. Primary duties of the worker will be to harvest apples without bruise or defect from picking. Worker will pick fruit from fruit trees and when necessary, use a provided ladder. The average length of the ladder is 16 feet to 24 feet, and the average weight is 50 pounds. When using the ladder, the worker will place the ladder firmly against or within the tree in a secure position so as not to break limbs or knock off fruit, but to prevent slipping and falling. Worker must be able to lift, carry and work from the top of the ladder. Workers are required to snap off fruit using their thumb and palm of the hand to avoid bruising. Picked fruit must be gently placed in picking bags/buckets, which attach to the body with a shoulder harness and which weigh between 30 – 50 pounds when full. Care must be taken when picking so as not to damage or bruise fruit. No twigs or leaves should be in the buckets. The full bags/buckets are gently emptied into bins on the ground or on trailers, taking care not to spill or bruise the fruit. Workers must be able to pick and dump fruit without stem pulls, punctures, bruising, other damage, or spurs/leaves, which diminishes quality. Observation of bruised, damaged or cull fruit by the supervisor will result in a written disciplinary notice. Workers will be required to pick up and return picking ladders when directed by supervisor and will be responsible for moving ladders within the rows. Workers are to stay on their assigned rows unless directed by a supervisor to change. Company supervisors will explain and demonstrate if necessary picking requirements to all workers at the start of the season and as needed thereafter to ensure quality standards.
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

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This job requires a minimum of one month of prior verifiable agricultural field work employment experience. Workers must be able to perform manual as well as mechanized activities with accuracy and efficiency. Saturday work required. Must be able to lift/carry 50 lbs. Employer-paid post-hire drug testing is required upon reasonable suspicion of use and after a worker has an accident at work.
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Work Schedule (Start/End time):
7:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.

Employer Information

Company Name:
Winchester, VA 22603
Telephone Number:


766 Echo Lane, Winchester, VA 22603

Job Order Details

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Additional Wage Information:
Apple Harvest - $.87 per 2419 cubic inch box (bushel): Estimated hourly wage rate equivalent for this piece rate is $12.81/hr. based on workers filling 14 boxes per hour. Guaranteed $ 14.16/hr
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