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- The number of workers needed is 75, and the number of workers needed represents the estimated shortage of domestic workers and, therefore, the number of foreign workers the Employer anticipates will be needed. The Employer will hire all able, willing, and qualified domestic workers through the 50% point of the contract period, and therefore the number of foreign workers hired could be substantially fewer than listed. All domestic and foreign workers will be subject to all E-Verification laws.
Workers will be responsible for all tractor operations, including the safe and proper use of specialty blueberry tractors such as mechanical pruners, trimmers, mowers sprayers and blueberry harvesters. Other equipment may include, but is not limited to, forklifts, farm trucks, ATV’s, backpack sprayers, handheld weed-eaters, and other commonly used equipment and tools in agriculture. The maintenance and repair of sprinklers (heads, lines, pipes, valves, pumps, etc.) on overhead cooling or other general or specific irrigation systems may also be needed. All training will be provided in the use of machinery and specifically for all the use of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).
During harvest operations, employees must safely operate a blueberry harvester. The seating of a blueberry harvester is at an elevated position, approximately 8 ft above ground. Employees must be physically able to climb ladders in and out of the harvester and work at elevated heights for long hours. Once the required loads are harvested for the day, operators must wash the machines using a pressurized 1.5" water hose for decontamination. All employees must be comfortable working at night, in a wet environment, and in and around heavy equipment. Workers will be responsible for some of the basic repairs and maintenance of the machines which may include greasing, replacing, and repairing worn machinery parts. For employees who will operate tractor sprayers, it is noted that they will not be responsible for the preparation, mixing and filling of chemicals into sprayers; these workers will either have a valid pesticide license or be supervised by someone with a valid pesticide license. The Employer attests that these workers will be trained appropriately by their supervisor who has a valid Private Applicators' license, which is the standard pursuant to the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA). Furthermore, their supervisor will be available to ensure that workers understand all chemical labels, safety instructions, and application instructions pursuant to WSDA.
It is this Employer's intention to pre-hire drug screen all employees. This has been a long-standing protocol and employment policy with this employer for both U.S. and Foreign workers and is conducted at the expense of the Employer. Foreign workers will be tested during the recruitment process in their home country, and U.S. workers will be notified of the procedure for their drug testing. Note: Drug testing may also be conducted post-employment and at the expense of the employer as stated in accordance with Departmental regulations at 20 CFR sec. 6S5.122(b), This is not a post-employment drug test requirement but a statement outlining that the employer may conduct post-employment drug testing at the expense of the employer.
This document is translated into Spanish if there are any differences, the approved English version controls.
- Job Classification:
- 45-2091.00 - Agricultural Equipment Operators