- Full Time:
- Number of Workers Requested:
- Job Duties:
- The job requires a minimum of three months of 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.
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 a 16-foot ladder and be able to carry up to 60 pounds.
Peach Harvest: Following the supervisor's instructions, the worker will prune and thin peach trees when necessary to ensure proper growth of fruit. When ripe, workers will remove fruit from the trees and place it in a plastic container suspended by a harness worn by the worker. When full, the worker will carry the container to the designated area, unhook the full container, empty the container gently to avoid bruising, and repeat the process.
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.
Orchard Clean-up: In addition to the above activities, workers may be required to perform miscellaneous grove clean-up work, such as repair and or replace irrigation equipment, removal of debris, and other general grove clean-up work as required. The worker will assist in cleaning the orchard by clearing the brush and picking up rocks up to 60lbs. The worker completes farm clean-up tasks to include picking up garbage around the orchard, removing old strings and wire from trellis and orchard blocks, and other hand tasks. Workers performing grove clean-up work will be paid the adverse effect wage rate, the prevailing rate, or the minimum wage rate, whichever is higher.
Other Job Specifications include: Worker cares for young non-producing fruit trees including weeding, hoeing, trunk planting, hand fertilizing, and growth selection by hand and clipping. In addition, the worker props and ties peach trees and limbs.
Other Requirements: Workers seeking employment under this job order must be available for the entire period requested by the employer. Additionally, applicants must be able to furnish job reference(s) from recent employer(s) establishing acceptable prior experience.
The employer retains the right to discharge any obviously unqualified worker, malingerer, or recalcitrant worker who is physically able to complete the work, but does not demonstrate a willingness to perform the work necessary for the employer to grow a premium quality product, or for any other lawful reason.
- Job Classification:
- 45-2092.00 - Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse