- Full Time:
- Number of Workers Requested:
- Job Duties:
- Crops: Apples
APPLE Harvest: Worker will hand harvest apples; this can be performed from a motorized platform and/or from the ground or a ladder. The worker will attach harness, bucket, or bag and picks low hanging fruit while standing on the ground and higher branches while standing on a ladder or platform. The worker will pick according to grade, color, and size by grasping fruit with the hands and removing from the tree in motion so as not to harm adjacent buds on the tree branches. Worker will carry harness, bucket or bag of up to 60 lbs. and will place fruit into wooden bins, 47-inch X 47-inch X 24.5 inch or plastic bins, 47-inch X 47-inch X 24.5 inch which hold approximately 25 bushels of fruit. Care must be exercised at all times to prevent bruising of fruit or breaking off branches. Some workers may be required to examine harvested fruit in plastic/wooden bins and sort out any fruit not meeting the grade, color, and size specifications. Workers must possess the ability to pick up, handle a 10 ft. or 12 ft. orchard ladder weighing 40 pounds.
THINNING: Thinning is a manual process used to control the size and quality of grown fruit. The worker must possess the ability to pick up, handle a 10 ft. or 12 ft. orchard ladder weighing 40 pounds. Furthermore, the worker must be able to use scissor-like clippers. This process requires the worker to remove, in some cases not limited to the smallest fruit blossom, bud, and/or identifiable fruit from within a cluster of other fruits. Workers will be expected to be able to identify and remove fruit that is misshapen, damaged, and/or with other quality problems as directed by supervisors. Thinning may be performed from a motorized platform and/or from the ground or a ladder.
PRUNING: Pruning numerous varieties of apple trees, according to established company procedures based on the difference in the treatment of different varieties. Work will be performed on trees for long periods of time using a variety of pruning equipment including but not limited to hand shears, hand loppers, hand saws. Furthermore, the worker must possess the ability to pick up, handle a 10 ft. or 12 ft. orchard ladder weighing 40 pounds.
Pruning may be done from the ground or a ladder up to 12 feet in height or from a motorized platform. Workers may be required to selectively prune only trees of a certain size and color as instructed by the crew supervisor.
The Worker is expected to possess or acquire pruning skills in order to identify and remove stubs or broken branches, downward-growing branches, branches which rub against each other, shaded interior branches, deadwood, and shoots/suckers with hand pruning saws and clippers, mechanized equipment in pruning activities.
*See Job Duties 1. 2
- Job Classification:
- 45-2092.00 - Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse