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Field Workers (lemons, Avocados), Forklift, Calvan Drivers

Foothill Packing, Inc.

Soledad, CA

$17.51 per hour


Recruitment Information

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Job Description

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Job Duties:
Under the direction of the supervisor, heavy labor of picking lemons or avocados as per color and size requirements. Employees will be climbing 3-point ladder as needed to pick fruit. Employee will be using proper hand shears for picking lemons. Lemons will be cut with the proper hand shears not pulled and placed into bag sack, which is carried on the front of the body, with straps around the shoulder and back for support. Sack full of fruit can weigh up to 65 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. Employees will be wearing safety protection, hard hats, gloves, protective sleeves, knee pads, and eye protection. Employees will be pruning avocado and lemon trees, using both pruning loppers and hand saws. Employees will be expected to follow the direction and techniques specific to avocado trees and lemon trees from the supervisor. Employees will be skirting lemon 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 and shovels. Start times vary depending on the weather (fog or heavy dew). Fruit cannot be picked until it is dry on the outside. • Canopy management: Leaf thinning/pulling, color thinning, sucker removal, shoot removal • Rot/botrytis cluster removal • Wing removal • Wire work/trellising • Netting • Weeding Forklift Driver: Under the direction of the supervisor, the forklift driver is responsible for loading, unloading and moving materials for lemon and avocado laboring. Directing forklift through the field, and movement to a new location. Employee must conduct daily maintenance check prior to operating forklift. Required basic knowledge of driving a forklift, must pass a forklift safety training and demonstrate ability to operate forklift in a safe manner. Cal Van Driver Specifications: Responsible for transporting workers from housing sites and pick up points to take to work sites and back, processing paperwork, inspections of vehicle fueling of and cleaning of vehicle. The employer assures that the drivers are paid, at a minimum the AEWR for actual driving time, processing paperwork, cleaning and fueling of vehicle. Cal Van drivers are to preform duties related to the harvesting when not driving. Employee may drive /Cal Van on public roads. In order to drive a /Cal Van, Employees must possess valid drivers’ license (state issued) and must be able to pass Class B Physical exam and register as an FLCE driver. The employer will be responsible for the cost of the California Driver’s License, Class B Physical Exam, and registration as an FLCE driver (if any). All employees in this position (H-2A as well as corresponding domestic workers), will be given the opportunity to obtain a driver’s license (DL) and register as an FLCE driver on a voluntary basis. The Driver’s License and FLCE Certificate are not a pre-hire job requirement. No job applicant will be denied an employment opportunity due to a lack of a Driver’s License or FLCE Certificate at the time of application and/or hiring. Further, no worker (H-2A or corresponding domestic worker) will be terminated for failure to obtain a DL or FLCE Certificate.
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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Please See Addendum C.
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Work Schedule (Start/End time):
6:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

Employer Information

Company Name:
Foothill Packing, Inc.
Salinas, CA 93905
Telephone Number:


Sierra Mar Vineyard 37242 Foothill Road, Soledad, CA 93960

Job Order Details

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Bin (see Addendum A)
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