- Full Time:
- Number of Workers Requested:
- Job Duties:
- Plant, cultivate, and harvest fruits and vegetables including but not limited to: peaches, nectarines, apples, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, pumpkins, leafy greens, watermelons, carrots, squash, beans, corn, cucumbers, peppers, eggplant, turnips, tomatoes, grapes, scuppernongs, muscadines, onions, peas, tomatillos, gourds, and okra. Perform ongoing orchard maintenance including pruning and thinning fruit trees. Operate forklifts, tractors, and other farm equipment during field operations.
PICKING PEACHES, NECTARINES, AND APPLES:
Workers will be assigned a row, usually with a partner, and is responsible for picking all the proper fruit from that row, or half row. Fruits are selected from the tree according to size and/or color standard set by the picking supervisor. The entire tree must be checked to ensure removal of all fruit meeting-picking requirements. Fruits are placed gently in the picking container until container is full. The picking container weighing up to 25lbs. is then taken to fruit wagon and gently emptied into a field bin, taking care of not to spill or bruise the fruit in the container or in the field bin. Workers are to stay on their assigned rows unless directed by supervisor to change, or to help someone out sporadically. 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 ensure 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.
While pruning trees, workers will receive proper tools for the particular job, i.e., saw, pruning tools, and hand snips. The supervisor will set a pattern for each orchard and will demonstrate and communicate this to worker. Workers will be assigned rows of trees and must prune each tree according to the predetermined specification. Workers must remove all resulting material from the fruit trees rendered from performing pruning tasks. When pruning is complete, each worker is required to rake and scatter the resulting brush in the center of the tractor/equipment middles.
While thinning tree, workers will be instructed as to how close together fruit should be spaced, and which fruit are most desirable to leave or take. The supervisor will set a pattern for each orchard and will demonstrate and communicate this to workers. Rows will be assigned to each worker, and it is the responsibility of the worker to complete the trees on the row according to the supervisor's instructions. Limbs must not be torn from the tree, nor should limbs be completely stripped of leaves or fruit. Proper spacing and selection of fruit are critical to maximizing the trees potential yield. Fruit thinners will thin fruit using hands and/or plastic bat to knock off excess fruit taking care to walk around entire tree before moving to the next.
Workers will be responsible for general orchard clean up. They will rake debris from the land such as sticks, straw, etc. Workers involved in orchard maintenance may be required to hoe trees, girdle, spread fertilizer, pick up roots and limbs, strip suckers or unwanted growth from trees, dig roots suckers, knock fruit off trees, use hand sprayer, remove vines, lay irrigation pipe, repair and maintain drip system, and strap and tie fruit trees. Instruction will be given for each task and specifications regarding performance will be communicated to workers. The specifications for a job will be disclosed and demonstrated by the supervisor before the work begins.
PEACH TREE PLANTING:
Prepare land to plant new peach trees.
- Job Classification:
- 45-2092.00 - Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse