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Field Workers: Raspberry Harvester


Watsonville, CA

$18.65 per hour


Recruitment Information

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Job Description

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AgEmpleo, LLC (also referred to herein as “AgEmpleo” “Employer” or “Company”) is headquartered in Watsonville, California (411 Walker St, Watsonville, CA 95076), Phone: (831) 763-7200. AgEmpleo is a registered Farm Labor Contractor. Job title: Field Workers: Raspberry Harvester Workers Needed: a. Total: 28 b. H-2A: 28 AgEmpleo seeks certification for 28 workers. The total number of workers needed is 28. JOB DUTIES: Each raspberry harvester is given 6 plastic containers, 5 containers are for harvesting fresh fruit and 1 container is for rotten fruit. The containers are hung around the waist. Harvesters will walk through the furrow and pick facing the vine. They tend to walk laterally up and down the furrow picking from plants that are from two (2) to six (6) feet high. They will fill the five (5) plastic containers and put each on the ground or hang them from the tread when full. The full container carries approximately three (3) pounds of raspberries. When the five (5) plastic containers are full they are taken to the end of the furrow where each harvester has a small bench from 28” to 31” high and weighing about seven (7) to nine (9) pounds. Harvesters will pour and sort the raspberries from the plastic containers into clamshells that fit inside a cardboard box. When three (3) to four (4) crates are full, they weigh about 15 to 20 pounds and are carried 35-75 yards to a trailer where the puncher or crew leader will check for quality. Harvesters will need to carry the bench, belt and picking containers for 150 yards once per day. Once this is done the employee proceeds to obtain other empty boxes and repeats the process. Employees will be required to adhere to quality and production standards determined by the company. Additionally, employees will be required to follow all company policies including food safety, safety, attendance, punctuality, and behavior.
Job Classification:
45-2092.00 - Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse

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Job Requirements

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Three (3) months of experience in harvesting raspberries. Cannot be color blind due to the need to distinguish colors of crops for proper ripeness and maturity, no smoking, illegal drugs, alcohol, or weapons of any sort in the housing or work fields. Ability to communicate in English or Spanish is required for training and safety purposes. Work is performed outdoors in open fields and can involve exposure to sun, wind, mud, dust, heat, cold and other elements of the normal field environment. Temperatures can range from 50 degrees F to over 90 degrees F during the period of employment. Workers should come prepared with appropriate clothing and footwear for the work and working conditions described. (See Addendum C)
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Work Schedule (Start/End time):
7:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Employer Information

Company Name:
Oxnard, CA 93030
Telephone Number:


Reiter Berry Farms - Dorothy McGrath Ranch: 705 Casserly Rd., Watsonville, CA 95076

Job Order Details

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Additional Wage Information:
$19.29 per hour. With speed between 4.25 to 4.49 crates per hour (Includes AEWR + SPEED INCENTIVE)
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