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
Worker will be required to perform a variety of duties related to the production of alfalfa, barley, corn, potatoes, sugar beets, onions, triticale and wheat. The majority of the work activities during the overall contract period, however, will be related to agricultural equipment operation.
General Farm Work will include the following responsibilities: maintain, drive, attach and operate farm implements/tractors/equipment to till soil, plant, cultivate, fertilize and harvest crops; make minor mechanical adjustments and repairs on farm machinery; paint/repair farm structures; perform general clean up of farm areas; drive, load/unload farm/Ag exempt, non CDL semi/10-wheel trucks; operate motor bike or all-terrain vehicle in the course of performing duties. Worker may assist manager/supervisor by delivering instruction/guidance to others; workers possessing the proper licensure may be asked to transport other farm workers.
Irrigation duties will include the following:
Hand lines: connect pipes; check alignment of pipe and adjust for proper water distribution; attach lines to water supply; turn on pump; turn valves to start flow of water; disassemble lines and carry pipes across fields at specified intervals; move pipes through freshly irrigated crops and/or plowed fields where mud may be deep at times; lift and carry pipe sections weighing approximately 40 pounds on a sustained basis.
Wheel lines: start gasoline engines and operate controls to move lines across fields at specified intervals; carry gas and maintenance supplies through fields; lift/adjust sections of wheel lines weighing 75 lbs. to maintain proper alignment and course; adjust rotational position for proper irrigation; disassemble lines to maintain/clean gaskets and drains; maintain wheel lines.
Pivots: push on switch that activates circle sprinkler system; repair/replace flat or inoperable tires/drivelines/gear boxes; maintain pivot tracks as needed with shovel; maintain pivot.
Other Irrigation Duties: remove pipes/wheel lines from storage and lay out/place in predetermined patterns in fields; lubricate, adjust, repair and replace parts such as sprinkler heads and drive chains using hand tools; observe revolving sprinklers and adjust to ensure proper operation and uniform distribution of water; disassemble, service and store pipes/mainlines/wheel lines after irrigation season.
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.
Applicants must have 20 days experience with agricultural equipment operation and farm/irrigation work and provide the contact information of at least one reference who can verify experience and performance. Applicants hired must be able to obtain a valid drivers license as driving on public roads may be required. To meet minimum acceptable performance standards when irrigating, the worker must, after a 10-day conditioning period, move an average of at least 48 40-foot sections of 3-inch pipe or 44 40-foot sections of 4-inch pipe per hour under normal working conditions.