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- Field workers will perform a variety of routine tasks associated with the seed research program. Tasks will include pollination of corn plants and harvest of corn ears according to established research protocols. The type of task will be dependent on the stage of the crop and will be seasonal in nature. Additional field and shade house tasks may include planting, thinning, weeding, tissue sampling, pollination, transplanting, trans-potting, pot or flat filling, plant tagging, seedling re-array, plant cutting, husk back, harvest, and pest management activities such as pesticide applications. Additional sample processing tasks including preparation of supplies, sorting, shelling, weighing, counting, preparation for shipping, and seed packaging. General facility operations tasks include general clean-up, organization of samples and supplies, and other routine and non-routine tasks as they arise. Field workers may perform additional tasks as requested by the supervisor including the use of powered tools and machinery such as, but not limited to, mowers, weed whackers, blowers, power washers, choppers, potting machines, bale shavers and conveyors. Field workers must be able to understand and follow both written and oral instructions. Field workers receive general instructions on routine tasks and detailed instructions on new tasks with hands-on training and skills verification. Attention to detail is necessary. Must be able to lift at least 75 lbs. and walk on uneven field surfaces for 8 or more hours per shift. Must have the ability to work with and around plants and plant pollens. Must be able to work outdoors in various weather conditions for extended periods. Working safely is a condition of employment.
GENERAL REQUIRMENTS: Field workers are responsible for safety related matters, including attending mandatory paid safety trainings. Work may be performed in indoor or outdoor agricultural locations involving exposure to the sun, soil, mud, dust, heat, cold, rain and other natural elements. Work may be performed on uneven ground and requires constant movement. Workers must be able to stand, walk up and down hills, sit, stoop, squat, keel, crouch, bend (from the waist), push, pull, reach, lift and carry items weighting up to 75 pounds. Workers must be able to withstand working in direct sunlight and conditions ranging from hot and humid weather, moderate rain, and cold while performing their required job duties. Workers should come prepared wearing appropriate clothing and footwear for the environmental and working conditions described. Work entails exposure to soil, plants, insects, and materials such as, but not limited to pesticides and fertilizers. Workers may be asked, but not required, to work up to 10+ hours per day and/or on the Sabbath or Federal Holidays depending upon the conditions in the fields, weather, and maturity of the crop(s). Workers are reminded to always be respectful, safety minded, be a team player, and good stewards of the environment and others.
- Job Classification:
- 45-2092.00 - Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse