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This job requires a minimum of 3 months of verifiable agricultural experience working in a vineyard, perennial crop farm (such as tree fruit) or a commercial hop farm handling both manual and mechanized tasks including commodity production associated with production of grapes or hops. Workers must be able to perform manual and mechanized tasks with accuracy and efficiency.
Twine hop fields, plant by hand potted hop plants, hand weed grape fields, pre-hop harvest equipment and facilities cleaning and preparation, operate the feeding station in the hop picking machines, hand train hop shoots onto the string (training), hand weed hop fields, unload hop vines by hand from hop vine hauling trucks, drive hop vine hauling trucks during harvest, pick up hop vines that have fallen in the field and load them into trucks, drive gondola tractor for grape harvest, and identify and dig out male hop plants (Rogueing). Drive hop waste spreader truck, bale dried hops.
Specific Job Requirements:
Twining hop fields: The strings that the hop plants travel up during the growing season are new every year. A crew of 7 to 8 workers will hang and clip these new strings every spring. This job consists of the tiers (2 to 3 workers) and clippers (usually 5 workers). The tiers will tie, by hand, the new strings to the row wires. The clippers will push the bottom of the newly hung hop strings into the ground in the middle of the hop plants. A clip gun and clips are used to do this. This job requires a considerable amount of walking. Sufficient work footwear is required, since the stings are attached at the bottom by using the clip gun, which is pushed into the ground by the workers foot. Every crew of 7 to 8 workers must contain at least one crew supervisor/manager for safety and Double R policy reasons.
Plant, by hand, potted hop plants: There are several ways of planting new hop fields. One way is by using potted hop plants. They must be planted by hand. This job consists of hauling the pots to the field, spreading them out in the correct area, and hand planting them.
Hand weed grape fields: This job consists of removing the weeds that have grown around the base of the grape plants. This may be accomplished through the use of hand weeding tools, or by just using the hands. This job requires a considerable amount of walking as well as grasping and pulling.
Pre-hop harvest equipment and facilities cleaning and preparation: This job consists of the cleaning and preparation of the equipment and facilities necessary for the hop harvest operation.
Operate the feeding station in the hop picking machines: This job consists of operating the equipment to mix the individual vine unloading stations in a hop picking machine and guide the vines into the main picker. Worker must operate the individual vine track stops to allow one track at a time into the vine transfer. They must also use a short stick to help position the vines for the transfer. In addition, they are to keep the vines from tangling and alert the machine mechanics right away in the event of a jam. This job requires concentration and is performed from a standing position.
Hand train hop shoots onto the string (Training): Hop plants need help to climb the hop strings in a consistent manner. This job consists of removing vines that climbed the string early and then gently grasping the newly emerged hop shoots and wrapping them clockwise onto that hop string. This job requires a considerable amount of walking and stooping over.
Hand weed hop fields: This job consists of removing the weeds that have grown around the base of the hop plants. This may be accomplished through the use of hand weeding tools, or by just using the hands. This job requires a considerable amount of walking as well as grasping and pulling.
- Job Classification:
- 45-2092.00 - Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse