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Farm Workers: Harvesters, Machine Operators

Rancho Guadalupe, LLC

Santa Maria, CA

$18.65 per hour


Recruitment Information

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Job Description

Full Time:
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Job Duties:
Workers will perform duties associated with and 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. Harvester Essential Functions: • Participate in daily morning exercise routine • Workers are required to distinguish quality and ripeness as indicated by their crew leader; • Hand pick the product directly from the growing beds onto a harvesting cart; • Place and organize product in packing containers ranging from 1 lb (eight 1 lb clamshells per box) to 4 lbs (two 4 lb clamshells per box) in the field. • Upon filling a box, worker will place an identifying label on it, pick it up and carry out of the furrow and place it on a quality checking (QC) station; • Worker will then pick-up an empty box and containers and return to their harvesting cart to restart the process; • When required, workers will also harvest product in trays for freezing/juicing. This may be done simultaneously or a combination of picking different fruit sizes for different packing. • Pickers will work in strawberry fields only. • Attend weekly safety tailgate meetings Plant Maintenance Essential Functions: • Participate in daily morning exercise routines • Cutting of runners or lateral roots on plant beds; • Cleaning of old and new vegetative growth on plant bed, dropping damaged fruit; • Weeding with a long handled hoe; • Workers will be using both hands, pruning shears or some other type of tool to perform tasks. • Attend weekly safety tailgate meetings Machine Operator: Position Summary Primarily responsible for: • Employ safe practices and procedures when operating the harvesting machine. • Handling and loading empty and full boxes of strawberries and ensuring the crew has the appropriate materials/supplies for crop production. • Work as a team with the Foreman, being supportive and respecting his role as crew leader. Key Tasks and Responsibilities • At the start of the day (and throughout as needed throughout the day) • Check the engine fluids of the harvesting machine and raise the protective curtains. • Disinfect the bands of the machine, the chairs, and the handles in the bathrooms. • Assist the mayordomo to ensure that the bathrooms have the necessary items for harvest day. • Ensure that the crew has the appropriate materials/supplies for crop production and correctly positioned or wooden platforms or Cartons • Boxes for proper packaging or Wires • Check the ropes and any other item used to tie down the load. As well as check all the decks for deficiencies and wear/tears and report any unsafe conditions to your foreman. • Together with the foreman, ensure throughout the business day that drinking water jugs are disinfected, clean, and filled with clean water. • Make the labels for the pallets. And arrange the pallets on the platform in a proper position (varies by packaging). • Check that the exact date labels are printed correctly and placed on the box accordingly. • Assist the foreman in operating the electronic scanning system, and registering the picked boxes in writing and with the scanner. • Tie down the load using suitable tools, such as rope, corner braces, etc. • Make sure that no one is picking in front of the machine. • Stop the machine immediately if any problem or possible risk is detected. • At all times, avoid negligent use of the harvesting machine, such as tinkering or unsafe maneuvers that could endanger your own safety or that of others. • Maintain a safe and clean work environment. • At the exit of the block to change the machine place, hold the guide (bar) to handle the machine manually. • Communicate to the foreman any issues associated with the harvest, behavior, and performance of the crew. • Drive the trailer during the work day. See Addendum C.
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

Experience Required:
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Special Requirements:
1 month of strawberry harvesting experience. Must be over the age of 18. Must be able to walk unassisted in rough but even terrain. 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. Must be able to communicate in English or Spanish 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 40 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. Must have attention to detail. Ability to produce a quality product at an efficient pace. Ability to understand and follow directions. See Addendum C.
Number of Hours Per Week:
Work Schedule (Start/End time):
6:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Employer Information

Company Name:
Rancho Guadalupe, LLC
Santa Maria, CA 93458
Telephone Number:


Ranch 3 Conventional Strawberries: 3200 W. Main St., Santa Maria, CA 93458

Job Order Details

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Additional Wage Information:
Fresh:$2.50 per 1 & 2 pound box 8 Boxes Per hour 2 pound boxes are 11 in by 19 in and the 1 pound boxes are 19 in by 15 in.
Date Posted: