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Strawberry Harvesters

Buenaventura Ranch, LLC

Lompoc, CA

$18.65 per hour


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Job Description

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*All packing duties will be performed in the field and on the farm Ground Harvest ONLY in Organic Strawberry Production: Workers will perform duties associated with and directly related to strawberry harvest work, including but not limited to picking and packing in the field for fresh market and freezing/juicing and punching task. Distinguish quality and ripeness is required during picking; place in tray/packing containers in field ranging from 8/1 lbs., 4x2 lbs. containers in the field. Packing for fresh market and freezing/juicing may be done simultaneously or a combination of picking different fruit sizes for different packing. Pickers will work on Organic Strawberry Field Only. Machine Harvest ONLY in Conventional Strawberry Production Workers will perform duties associated with and directly related to strawberry harvest work with Mercado Aid Machines, including but not limited to picking and packing in the field for fresh market and freezing/juicing; Distinguishing quality and ripeness is required during picking, and placing in tray / packing clamshells ranging from 1 lb (eight 1 lb clamshells per box) to 4 lbs (two 4 lb clamshells per box) in the field. Pickers will work using a berry harvesting machine (Mercado) to aid harvest. The Machine is self-remote driven, composed of 7-9 pickers controlling the speed of the machine with guidance from the Foreman. Workers will harvest berries by placing them in different clamshell containers placed in carton boxes as they walk on uneven furrows using a harvesting berry cart where individual material is placed. Pickers will be placing a sticker bar code on each box harvested to identify their individual boxes. Once the worker has a full box, they walk to the machine and place it on top of the platform, then reach above where packaging materials are located for the cycle to repeat. Once the machine reaches the end of the block or road, each picker is responsible to work as a team to palletize all boxes harvested before it gets scanned to the computer system. Pickers will regulate their own quality. Machine will be moving at all times at a sufficient speed controlled by both foreman and pickers while pickers perform the above tasks. Strawberry ground crews will not use the Mercado Machine System. General Requirements: Employee must be able to work in a self-regulated team environment. Worker must perform the assigned work and may not switch work assignments without specific authorization of a company supervisor. Workers must be willing, able, available, and qualified to perform the job duties expected and to perform all jobs in an efficient manner while maintaining the work pace of the machine. Instructions and general supervision will be provided by a designated crew leader or company supervisor. However, workers are expected to perform their duties in a timely and proficient manner and to maintain production and quality standards without close direct supervision. This is a very demanding and competitive business in which quality inspections and good agricultural practices must be rigorously adhered to. Sloppy, inconsistent, or improper work will not be tolerated. All work must be evaluated by the supervisor(s) after a specified period of actual harvesting in regard to the ability to maintain sufficient pace, correctly identifying quality, packing strawberries, and similar factors. Workers whose job performance is sloppy, inconsistent, or inefficient will be subject for termination. Plant Maintenance Date Specific: 06/15/2023 thru 09/15/2023 : Employees will be performing the following tasks: cutting of runners or lateral roots on Organic and conventional plant bed, weeding (long handled hoe), cleaning of old and new vegetative growth on plant bed, dropping damaged fruit. Workers will be using both hands, pruning shears or some other type of tool to perform task.
Job Classification:
45-2092.00 - Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse

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Job Requirements

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1 month of strawberry harvest experience. Specific requirements include lifting up to 50 pounds frequently and able to use hand tools, including cutting knives. Must be able to work under conditions where skin and clothing become heavily soiled with mud, water, grease, etc. Must be able to work outdoors in inclement weather conditions, including rain, cold, high winds, etc. Work involves frequent bending and working in bent or stooped positions. Must be able to walk and stand up extensively. No smoking, alcohol, firearms in the field or residential housing. See Addendum C.
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Work Schedule (Start/End time):
6:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Employer Information

Company Name:
Buenaventura Ranch, LLC
Watsonville, CA 95076
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Campbell Ranch #11: 6060 Hwy 246, Lompoc, CA 93436

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