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Shellfish Farm Hand

Cherrystone Aqua-Farms

Cape Charles, VA

$15.00 per hour


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Job Description

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Shellfish Farm Hands assist with the following tasks related to aquaculture/farming operation: cultivating, growing and harvesting oysters and clams (“shellfish”), through a four-part cultivation process; wash seed shellfish by hand with hose, assist with grading on shaking tables or graders, place juvenile shellfish in floats or cages for deployment in the water; when oysters mature and are ready for harvest, remove shellfish, wash and prepare for sale for pick up or local delivery and redeploy any shellfish not ready for market back in water; assist with cleaning, repairing and maintaining equipment (floats, trays and others). Workers must be able to perform manual and mechanized tasks with accuracy and efficiency. Must exercise independent judgment; may be asked to demonstrate tasks to other workers, but position does not include supervisory responsibilities. Work will be performed on land as well as by boat to locations where employer controls leases where shellfish are deployed and harvested. Must wear assigned personal protective equipment when required. Employee is responsible for assinged PPE. Must report for work daily wearing work clothing and boots or other durable footwear. Workers wearing clothing inappropriate for work will not be permitted to start work. Outdoor work required, as clams and oysters are planted outside or grow in water based leased locations. Work may occur during light rain, snow, moderate winds, direct sun, high humidity and extreme temperatures. Temperatures in fields during working hours may vary. Workers may be required to work during occasional showers not severe enough to stop field operations. Allergies to ragweed, goldenrod, honey bees, insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, or related chemicals may affect a worker's ability to perform the job. Work is done outdoors for long periods of time and requires prolonged periods of standing and/or walking, repetitive movements, and frequent bending and/or stooping. Workers must be able to handle, lift, and carry heavy or bulky objects (product, containers) in accordance with the specified lifting requirements. Supervisor(s) will provide instructions and directions to workers. Workers must be able to comprehend and follow instructions and communicate effectively to supervisors. Unusual, complex or non-routine activities will be supervised. Workers expected to perform basic duties in a proficient manner without close supervision. Allergies to ragweed, goldenrod, honeybees, insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, or related chemicals may affect a worker's ability to perform the job. Persons seeking employment in this position must be available for the entire period requested by the employer. Employer reserves the right to discharge an obviously unqualified worker, malingerer or recalcitrant worker who is physically able but is unwilling to perform the work necessary for the employer to grow a premium quality product, or for any other lawful reason. Employer may request, but not require, workers to work more than the stated daily hours and/or on a worker's Sabbath or federal holidays. Workers will have an unpaid lunch break. Worker must report to work at designated time and place each day. Daily or weekly work schedule may vary due to weather, sunlight, temperature, crop conditions, and other factors. Employer will notify workers of any change to start time. By nature of the work performed in the shellfish industry, work hours may vary by tide times. Workers can expect work to begin no earlier than 5 A.M. and no later than 7A.M. Tide times affect end times by up to two hours as well, workers should expect to end work as early as 3 P.M. or as late at 5 P.M. Additional hours may be offered during the busy season which falls within summer months and corresponds with holidays.
Job Classification:
45-2093.00 - Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals

The job/industry classification and description includes general information on the position from ONET/OES and the North American Industry Classification System. Please review Job Duties and Job Order for more information.

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This job requires workers to perform agricultural field work associated with production of shellfish (oysters and clams) work is performed on both land and water. Saturday work required. Work is performed on land and in boats or on water. Work is performed in varying conditions including hot, cold, wet, and windy weather. Workers must understand and abide by all safety protocol. Workers must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. throughout the day and perform a variety of physical tasks including bending and kneeling while paying close attention to detail. Punctuality is crucial.
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Work Schedule (Start/End time):
6:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Employer Information

Trade Name/Doing Business As:
Cherrystone Aqua-Farms
Company Name:
Ballard Fish & Oyster Co., LLC
Cape Charles, VA 23310
Telephone Number:


1588 Townfield Dr, Cape Charles, VA 23310

Job Order Details

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