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King Orchards Inc.

Central Lake, MI

$17.34 per hour


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Job Description

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Tasks in general farm labor and hand harvest of apples, apricots, asparagus, cherries, corn, cucumbers, gourds, nectarines, peaches, pears, pickles, plums, pumpkins, raspberries, winter squash, summer squash, strawberries and zucchini. GENERAL FARM LABOR: Thinning: Thinning is a manual process used to control the size and quality of grown fruit. Worker must possess ability to pick up and handle a 12-foot orchard ladder weighing 60 pounds. Worker will remove 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 done from the ground or a ladder up to 16 feet in height or from a motorized platform. Pruning: Pruning numerous varieties of fruit trees according to established company procedures based on the difference in the treatment of different varieties. Worker will perform pruning on trees for long periods of time using a variety of pruning equipment including hand shears, hand loppers, hand saws, chainsaws, and 12-foot ladders. Pruning and thinning may be done from the ground or a ladder up to 16 feet in height or from a motorized platform or trimming tower. Workers may be required to selectively prune only trees of a certain size and color as instructed by supervisors. Worker must 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, dead wood and shoots/suckers. Workers will both hand prune and machine prune. Other Job Specifications Include: 1) Worker will hand thin fruit trees to ensure proper fruit load on tree. 2) Worker will prune and train and position fruit trees sometimes to trellis, including clipping and tying limbs and shoots to wire from the ground or ladder up to 12 feet in height, or from a motorized platform. 3) Worker will complete farm clean up tasks to include picking up garbage around the orchard, picking up roots and rocks, removing old string and wire from trellis and orchard blocks, and other hand tasks. 4) Worker will complete landscaping maintenance along perimeter and throughout farm, including trimming brush and tree limbs. 5) Worker will assist with tearing out small trees, piling brush and other orchard and field maintenance tasks. 6) Worker will paint tree trunks and posts with glove-like mitt or paint sponge. 7) Worker will weed and hoe in farm areas as directed by supervisor. 8) Worker will stake as instructed by supervisor. 9) Worker will plant and complete other hand tasks to establish and maintain orchard and vegetable crop areas, including shoveling, picking up roots and rocks. 10) Worker will safely drive platform and other mechanized pruning equipment. 11) Workers will be required to cut irrigation line at end of row as instructed and hook up line to main water line and fix leaks as directed by supervisor. 12) Worker will help with all phases of planting trees (plant, stomping in, prune, install tree guards). 13) Worker will help with all phases of trellis work, including handling posts 8-14 feet in length, pulling wire off reel, nailing staples to posts, threading wire, anchoring and tensioning wire. Worker will also help attach stakes to wires and attach tree to stake with bands as instructed by supervisor. 14) Worker will organize, clean and sanitize harvest tools, equipment and containers, as directed by a supervisor. Pay will be hourly.
Job Classification:
45-2092.00 - Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse

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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Experience Requirement: 2 verifiable months fruit or vegetable hand harvest experience required. Applicants must furnish job references from recent employers within the last 3 years establishing acceptable prior experience. Season Commitment: Job offered requires worker be available for and worker agrees to work every day that work is available for entire employment period. Drug testing may be required if worker is involved in workplace injury resulting in damage to property or injury to others. Worker agrees to testing as a condition of employment. Testing done at employers expense and not utilized as a pre-employment tool. Worker must be able to perform job description duties in safe manner consistent with established safety procedures.
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Work Schedule (Start/End time):
8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Employer Information

Company Name:
King Orchards Inc.
Central Lake, MI 49622
Telephone Number:


4620 N M-88, Central Lake, MI 49622

Job Order Details

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