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Ag Equipment Operators

Chile River Inc.

Salem, NM

$15.62 per hour


Recruitment Information

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Job Description

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Job Duties:
Operate farm tractors and equipment to cultivate and plant crops, harvest crops and ground preparation. Must be physically able to climb up equipment ladder on farm equipment. Must have at least 6 months of working knowledge of farm equipment and implements to operate correctly and safely. Drip irrigation installation and repair. Wash and clean equipment, tractors, and vehicles. Replace broken parts on equipment and implements, oil changes. Farm building repairs, use welder to fix and repair equipment or farm buildings. May thru September assist Facility Manager with operating packing equipment. Employees will be trained on safety and machine operation. Monitor machinery and trouble shoot when machine stops operating. Assist shed manager with daily maintenance and repairs to ensure equipment is operating efficiently. Perform daily equipment inspections by checking off equipment pieces listed for wear and tear, need for lubricants, identify parts that need to be replaced or repaired. Operate forklift to load and transport produce bins, pallets of produce. Assist with sorting onions, labeling packages, and constructing packing materials. Operate a semi-truck with trailer to transport farm equipment, culls/trash, and empty/full produce bins to and from farms and packing facility. Employees must have 6 months verifiable experience operating a semi-truck and obtain a Class E non-commercial driver’s license within 2 weeks of hire. Must pass company provided safe driving test. Additional duties thru contract period may include: • As needed transport other employees to work locations in company vehicles. Must have a valid Class D driver’s license to operate farm vehicles. • Wash, repair, and weld broken produce bins. • Hoe, weed, thin, plant crops and clean fields. • Spray and apply herbicide, pesticides to crops. Training and personal protective equipment will be provided • As needed hand pick chile peppers or onions • Trim pecan trees using handheld clippers, snippers, saw, picking up/dispose branches Variable weather/crop conditions may apply; hours may fluctuate (+/-), with possible downtime and/or extended hours. Employer may request but not require for workers to work on their sabbath. Drug, alcohol, tobacco-free work zone.
Job Classification:
45-2091.00 - Agricultural Equipment Operators

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.

Job Requirements

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Work Schedule (Start/End time):
7:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Employer Information

Company Name:
Chile River Inc.
Salem, NM 87941
Telephone Number:


4220 Hwy 187, Salem, NM 87941

Job Order Details

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Additional Wage Information:
per bin onions, Chile $1.10/bucket
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