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Farmworkers and Laborers

ALTA Citrus, LLC - Apples #2

Sparta, MI

$15.37 per hour


Recruitment Information

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Job Description

Full Time:
Number of Workers Requested:
Job Duties:
The job requires a minimum of three months experience in tasks associated with farm experience. The job requires extensive standing and walking. Workers are frequently required to use their hands and arms to handle, feel, reach, climb or balance. Workers are occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl under trellis wires. Workers must be able to lift/carry up to 60 lbs throughout the course of the day. Thinning: Thinning is a manual process used as part of orchard maintenance to control the size and quality of grown fruit. All workers will be provided appropriate training to supervisors to ensure proper techniques for thinning are utilized. Workers must have the ability to pick up, use and safety handle a 16-foot orchard ladder weighing approximately 40 pounds to perform thinning tasks. Thinning requires the worker to remove, in some cases but not limited to, the smallest fruit from within a cluster of other fruits. Workers will be expected to be able to identify and remove fruit that is misshapen, damaged and/or with other quality problems as directed by supervisors. Pruning: Workers may be required to prune numerous varieties of apple trees according to established company procedures based on the difference in the treatment of different varieties. Workers are required to possess or acquire pruning skills in order to be able to correctly identify and remove branches which rub against each other, downward-growing branches, shaded interior branches, stubs or broken branches, dead wood and shoots/suckers and selectively remove diseased limbs and branches due to fire blight and/or bacterial canker with hand pruning saws and clippers, and pole pruners. Such pruning may occasionally require workers to use chain saws or other mechanized equipment. While pruning, workers will be required to perform work for long periods of time using a variety of pruning equipment, including hand shears, hand loppers, hand saws and 16-foot ladders. Workers pruning apple trees may be required to selectively prune only trees of a certain size as instructed by the supervisor. Apple Harvest: Quality is essential to the apple harvest. Many different varieties of apples will be picked according to established company procedures based on the end use (spot picking for fresh, small percentage of culls for processing). To ensure quality, workers must be able to differentiate between colors accurately in order to perform color-specific picking. Workers must also be able to carry and pick from 16-foot ladder and be able to carry up to 60 pounds. Quality Checker: Worker may be asked to check the quality by moving down a row checking quality to ensure that all apples were sufficiently removed. They will report issues to work supervisor. 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. Workers must take care when picking to ensure there is no damage to the fruit, such as bruising. Workers are required to pick and dump fruit without stem pulls, punctures, bruising or other damage which diminishes quality. Workers will receive a written disciplinary note if the supervisor observes bruised, damaged or cull fruit, or if bruised, damaged or cull fruit are indicated on the pick quality report. Upon third notice, a worker's employment may be terminated. A worker may receive a written disciplinary notice when a bin is inspected and a significant number of culls, bruised or damaged fruit are found by the supervisor. Workers must wear a picking bag around the shoulder and not around the waist. Unless approved by the supervisor, there may not be any modification of picking bags. For example, there may be no lengthening of picking strings.
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:
Months of Experience Required:
Special Requirements:
Drug/Alcohol Testing: Alta Citrus may conduct a drug/alcohol test at the employer's expense on all new applicants post-employment.
Number of Hours Per Week:
Work Schedule (Start/End time):
7:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Employer Information

Company Name:
ALTA Citrus, LLC - Apples #2
Avon Park, FL 33825
Telephone Number:


First Ridge Fruit Company, LLC. 1700 10 Mile Road NW, Sparta, MI 49345

Job Order Details

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