- Full Time:
- Number of Workers Requested:
- Job Duties:
- Perform manual labor to plant, cultivate, harvest, grade and pack fruits and vegetables including apples, peaches, pears, cherries, nectarines, plums, blueberries, grapes, blackberries, strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, cantaloupes, melons, peas, beans, squashes, peppers, greens and sweet corn by hand. Transplant crops by either riding on the back of a transplanter and feeding transplants carefully through fingers of the transplanter that places the plant into the ground and covers the root of the plant with soil, or by walking and carrying trays through assigned rows in the field while bending and stooping to carefully place the transplants into pre-dug holes and covering roots with soil. Prepare land for new fruit tree planting. Plant fruit trees as instructed, including wrapping seedling and placing irrigation tape.
Harvesting peaches, cherries, pears, apples, nectarines and plums usually involves the use of up to an 8 ft. ladder and extensive reaching when pulling from the limb and placing into baskets. Workers will be assigned a row and are responsible for picking all the proper fruit from that row. Fruits are selected from the tree according to size and/or color standard set by the picking supervisor. Fruits are placed gently in the picking container until container is full. Full baskets will be dumped into bins or lugs located on trucks moving throughout the orchard or at the end of the row. Picking units must be kept free of limbs, leaves or mushy fruit. Fruit harvested specifically for sale at a roadside stand as fresh market specialty baskets in peck or half bushel containers must be field graded. Fruit harvested for sale at a roadside stand, extra care must be used to insure that each piece of fruit is undamaged and perfect. Workers will be required to pick up and return picking ladders to the ladder wagon provided by the grower at the end of each workday or as directed by the grower or designated supervisor.
Manually harvest tomatoes by pulling tomatoes of the correct size and maturity from the vine, placing into bucket and carrying full buckets to truck. Full buckets weighing approximately 35 lbs. will then be lifted onto truck. Vine-ripe tomatoes will then be graded and sorted based on color and size before being stacked onto trailers in the field. Stems will be removed from harvested tomatoes.
Squash, peppers, peas, corn and beans will be manually harvested by walking through the field and picking into baskets, carrying full baskets and dumping into bins located on trailers moving throughout the field.
Harvest greens by walking along assigned rows, bending, and cutting the base of greens, bunching, banding, placing tied bunches into boxes, carrying and loading full boxes onto trucks moving in front of group. Determine maturity level of greens quickly and consistently by color, feel and size and apply correct defect tolerance, handling and harvest standards as instructed by supervisor.
Harvest melons and cantaloupes using a knife to cut from the vine, and either place into bins located throughout the field, or placing at the end of row. Harvested melons and cantaloupes will then either be loaded onto the back of trailers, or tossed to other workers in an assembly line fashion and loaded into trucks.
Walk through assigned row while bending and reaching to pick ripe strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and grapes by hand without bruising or damaging the fruit, vine or bush. Workers must use care to pick plants clean of all berries or grapes of the correct color and size that are suitable for fresh fruit markets, as instructed by their supervisor. Unripe berries and grapes must not be picked. Grade and pack berries into containers according to supervisor's instructions ensuring that there are no leaks. Once containers are full, workers will place them into boxes and carry full boxes to trailers in the fields at the end of the rows where fruit is inspected for quality and weight.
- Job Classification:
- 45-2092.00 - Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse