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- For Vineyard Work:
The Orchard/Vineyard Hand to perform the following duties: Cane Cutting, Canopy Management, Erosion Control, Fertilizing, Fruit Thinning, Harvesting and/or Sorting of Wine Grape, Hoeing, Leafing, Perimeter Maintenance, Planting, Pruning, Root Removal, Suckering, Training, Tying Workers are responsible for performing regular routine tasks required to maintain and care for grape vines and orchards and can work in all vineyard and orchard operations throughout the lifecycle of the vine and tree; from pruning to harvest, as well as being able to follow all safety protocols. This work may entail exposure to plant pollens, insects, noxious plants, and to fields and plant materials which have been treated with insect and/or disease control sprays. Workers will mix and weigh fertilizers and pesticides. Workers will apply these chemicals using backpack spray equipment. The employer will comply with all worker protection standards and re-entry restrictions applicable to pesticides and other chemicals used in the fields. Workers are also required to comply with all applicable worker\protection standards and re-entry times. The employer specifies that the workers will be using a long-handled hoe (longer than 4 feet) for all weeding activities. There will not be any hand weeding. The workers will be hand thinning the grape vines by removing leaves. This work consists of removing leaves from individual grape vines. A hoe cannot be used for this because the leaves are above ground attached to the vine. The workers conduct the removal while both squatting and standing, but not on their knees. The workers are provided gloves and training at no cost. The workers are not provided knee pads because the workers will not be kneeling for any of the job duties.
Under the direction of the crew foreman, heavy labor of citrus picking as per color and size requirements may be required. Employees will be climbing super duty straight ladders ranging from 14 feet to 22 feet ladders depending on tree size. The weight of the ladders range between 25 and 36 pounds depending on height. Employee will be given the necessary clippers and be given the training and necessary items to keep clean and in working order for picking of all citrus. All citrus will be cut with the assigned clippers not pulled and placed into picking bags, which is carried on the front of the body, with straps around the shoulder and back for support. The bag full of fruit can weigh up to 50 lbs. Once full, the sack is emptied into bin, this process is repeated until bin is full. Employee will need to walk around the tree, under the tree, and inside the tree and from a ladder to pick the appropriate fruit. The ladder will also have to be moved around the tree by employee and placed in safe positions to ensure entire tree is picked. Crew foreman will then assign a new tree or line of trees depending on grove and employee will need to be able move ladder to new tree. Employees will be wearing cotton picking as needed, protective sleeves, and eye protection if requested. Employees will also be pruning citrus trees, using both pruning loppers and hand saws. If they complete proper training some might be tasked to use chainsaw for tree removal. Employees will be expected to follow the direction and techniques specific to citrus trees from the crew foreman. Employees will be skirting citrus trees using sheers to trim bottom branches (trimming on branches at the bottom of the tree so as not to touch the ground) and suckering (removing lateral shoots, or suckers), from the trees. Employees will be planting trees and weeding around trees using a long-handled hoe, shovels.
- Job Classification:
- 45-2092.00 - Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse