IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING WAGES FOR TEMPORARY AGRICULTURAL JOBS
The Department of Labor recently announced new minimum wage rates, called Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs), that employers must offer and pay, at the time work is performed, to nonimmigrant H-2A workers and workers in corresponding employment beginning on the effective date of the new wage rates. To see the new hourly AEWRs for non-range occupations (effective January 1, 2023) and the national monthly AEWR for herding or production of livestock work on the range (effective January 1, 2023), please visit: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/eta/foreign-labor/wages/adverse-effect-wage-rates
Under direction of supervisor, worker will perform any combination of tasks involved in the operation of tractors and farm machinery to plant, cultivate, spray and/or harvest apples and other tree fruit. Attach farm implements to tractors and drive tractors in fields to prepare soil, plant, fertilize, mow grass, cut brush, plant young trees, spray fruit trees and plants and/or harvest crops. Drives tractor or truck to transport materials, supplies and products. Make adjustments and minor repairs to machinery. Mix chemical ingredients and spray fruit trees to control insects, fungus, weeds or diseases. Remove excess growth using pruning saws and clippers. Irrigate soil. Pick fruit during harvest. The employer will provide 4 days of training and/or allow 4 days of work for worker to reach production standards. After completion of training or break-in period, employer will expect worker to: pick a minimum of 120 bu boxes of apples with no more than 4% bruising per day. Thin blossoms and immature fruit. Prop limbs to prevent breakage. Operate frost protection equipment. While working in the field, cell phone usage is limited to emergency use only. Employer may conduct/require random drug or alcohol tests at employer’s expense after hiring, for the safety of themselves and others as they will be operating machinery. Failure to comply with request or testing positive will result in termination. Due to health and safety concerns and operation of equipment on our farm, workers are required to have the ability to comprehend simple instructions in English. A minimum of six months verifiable experience necessary in the aforementioned.
45-2091.00 - Agricultural Equipment Operators
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.
Months of Experience Required:
The employer will provide 4 days of training and/or allow 4 days of work for worker to reach production standards. After completion of training or break-in period, employer will expect worker to: pick a minimum of 120 bu boxes of apples with no more than 4% bruising per day.
The employer will not guarantee to pay the workers a bonus but reserves the right, at the employers sole discretion, to offer a bonus or to pay an hourly wage rate in excess of the highest applicable rate stated above based on longevity of tenure or exceptional job performance.
The employer reserves the right, at the employers sole discretion, to temporarily raise the above listed piece rate due to crop conditions. In the tasks where there is no prevailing practice to pay a piece rate, the employer, at his sole discretion, may opt to pay per hour to ensure a good quality product.