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apples, peaches, strawberries, pumpkins, Christmas trees, and maple syrup.
This job requires a minimum of three months of verifiable prior experience pruning commercial dwarf fruit bearing trees in an orchard, handling both manual and machine tasks associated with commodity production and harvest activities. Workers must be able to perform manual as well as mechanized activities with accuracy and efficiency.
Apples, Peaches, Plums and Pears
Workers will perform various tasks involved in planting, cultivating and harvesting apples, peaches, plums and pears according to supervisor's instructions. Workers may till soil, plant stock and prune, using a variety of non-mechanical tools. May remove blossoms to improve yield and quality. May aid in irrigation duties. May aid in minor repair of wooden fruit containers. Workers may thin and/or harvest fruit. Workers will harvest fruit according to color, size and degree of maturity as specified by supervisor and place into containers taking the extra time, care and effort not to bruise or scar the fruit. Workers may windrow full containers or carry full containers weighing approximately 50 lbs. to truck or trailer and stack according to supervisor's specifications. Peach thinners will thin fruit using hands to knock off excess fruit, spacing remaining peaches approximately one hand width apart, taking care to walk around entire tree before moving on to next. Workers will be required to stay on their assigned row.
Workers will be assigned a row, usually with a partner. Workers will be responsible for picking all the proper fruit from that row. Fruit is selected from the tree according to size and/or color standard set by the picking supervisor. In some instances, fruit harvest will be done form a six-foot ladder weighing up to 30 lbs. All workers must be able to lift and carry ladder, as well as work from top of the ladder. The entire tree must be checked to ensure removal of all fruit meeting picking requirements. Fruit is placed gently in the picking container until container is full. The full picking container weighing up to 50 lbs. is then taken to transport vehicles and gently emptied into a field bin, taking care not to spill or bruise the fruit in the container or in the field bin. Field bin volume may be checked and determined by weight on state certified scales. Workers are required to stay on their assigned row unless directed by a supervisor to change, or to help someone sporadically. Picking units will be kept free of limbs, leaves or mushy fruit. Workers will be required to pick up and return picking ladders to the ladder wagon provided by the grower at the end of each work day as directed by the grower or designated supervisor.
While pruning trees, workers will receive proper tools for the particular job, i.e. saw, pruners and hand snips. The supervisor will set a standard or pattern for each orchard and will demonstrate and communicate this to workers. Workers will be assigned rows of trees and must prune each tree according to the predetermined standard. In some instances, pruning will be done from a six-foot ladder weighing up to 30 lbs. All workers must be able to lift and carry ladder, as well as work from the top of the ladder. Workers must remove all resulting materials from the trees rendered from performing pruning tasks. When pruning is complete on each tree, each worker is required to rake and scatter the resulting brush in the center of the tractor/equipment middles. Workers will be required to pick up and return pruning ladders to the ladder wagon provided by the grower at the end of each work day or as directed by the grower or designated supervisor.
While thinning trees, workers will be instructed as to how close together fruit should be spaced and what fruit is most desirable to leave or take.
- Job Classification:
- 45-2092.00 - Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse