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Workers will perform heavy manual field work including but not limited to planting, cultivating and harvesting evergreen trees on a tree farm. Lift and straighten various containerized, machine-dug evergreens up to 30 gallons. Prepare fields for planting by clearing cull stock, removing brush, ferns and other growth from planting area using tractor, mattocks and brush hooks. Plant seedlings or ‘liners' by hand (including riding and inserting liners in a mechanical planter) using mattock or dibble. May scatter fertilizer pellets over planted area by hand or spreader. Apply agricultural chemicals: herbicides and insecticides. Straighten, tie, prune and shear tops and limb tips from trees using hand tools or mechanical equipment, as specified by supervisor, to control growth, increase limb density and improve shape. Select trees for cutting according to markings or size, species and grade and fell trees using chain saws. May drive trucks or tractors to transport trees from the field to central loading area. Prepare trees and shrubs for digging by tying or wrapping as necessary; dig; wrap burlap or other covering around root balls and secure with twine and/or staples; crimp wire baskets; lift, carry and load nursery stock; and unload, move or load supplies, including wire baskets. Dig evergreens, load, unload or transplant bare-root nursery stock; cut, pull or remove and mow weeds or grass; move irrigation equipment. Workers will take inventory and grade plants. Water, trim and sort evergreens in holding areas. Clean and maintain work areas and grounds, including mowing. Workers may repair and maintain nursery fences, buildings, and other structures.
Work is to be done in the field for long periods of time. Work requires repetitive movements and extensive walking. Workers may assist in loading trucks with nursery stock and materials weighing up to 100 pounds and lifting to a height of 3 feet. Workers should be able to work on their feet in bent positions for long periods of time. Allergies to ragweed, goldenrod, insect spray, related chemicals, etc. may affect workers' ability to perform the job. Workers are exposed to wet weather early in the morning through the heat of the day, working in fields. Temperatures may range from 10 to 100 F. Workers may be required to work during occasional showers not severe enough to stop field operations. Workers should be physically able to do the work required with or without reasonable accommodations. Saturday work required. Must be able to lift/carry 100 lbs.
Employer requires all newly-hired employees to take and pass an employer-paid drug test before starting work. Drug test not required for prospective applicants prior to hiring decision. All testing is conducted uniformly after an initial job offer has been extended and accepted by the new hire. Workers testing positive will be immediately terminated and paid for all hours worked between the first date of employment and the date of termination, if any. In the case of a non-local or foreign worker who is terminated for failure to pass a drug test, the employer will arrange least-cost transportation to the worker's place of recruitment, at the worker's expense. The employer will also test upon reasonable suspicion of use and after a worker has an accident at work.
The employer requires that all new hires for employment pass an employer-paid background check. All background checks are conducted uniformly after an initial job offer has been extended and accepted by the new hire. Applicants found to have major moving violations, or convictions for drunk (DUI) or reckless driving, have criminal convictions, are on work-release programs or possess convictions for violent (assault, child molestation and similar), felony or drug-related offenses will be immediately terminated and paid for all hours worked between the first date of employment and the date of termination, if any.
- Job Classification:
- 45-2092.00 - Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse