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Farm and Orchard Workers

Patterson Farms

Clanton, AL

$14.68 per hour


Recruitment Information

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Job Description

Full Time:
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Job Duties:
Perform manual labor to cultivate, prune and thin peach trees and harvest, grade and pack peaches. Hand harvest peaches according to supervisor's instructions by walking along assigned rows, bending, reaching and twisting and placing picked peaches into crates strapped around torso. Carry and stack full crates onto trailers being pulled by tractors alongside workers. Use hand tools such as shovels, hoes, tampers, pruning hooks, clippers and knives. Till soil. Pull weeds. Workers must have a general understanding of how pruning affects competition with fruiting wood and how thinning is done to provide nutrition to the developing fruit. Improper pruning can cause problems with fruit load, fruit size, disease severity, and overall production. While pruning trees, workers will receive proper tools for the particular job, i.e., saw, pruning tools, and hand snips. Remove all resulting material from the fruit trees rendered from performing pruning tasks. Workers will be assigned rows of trees and must prune each tree according to the predetermined specification. The supervisor will set a pattern for each orchard, demonstrate and communicate this to the worker. Stay on their assigned rows unless directed by a supervisor to change, or to help someone out sporadically. When pruning is complete, each worker is required to rake and scatter the resulting brush in the center of the tractor/equipment middles. Limbs must not be torn from the trees, nor should limbs be completely stripped of leaves or fruit. Proper spacing and selection of fruit are critical to maximizing the trees potential yield. While thinning trees, workers will be instructed as to how close together fruit should be spaced and which fruit are most desirable to leave or take. Grade and sort products according to factors such as color, species, length, width, appearance, feel, smell and quality to ensure correct processing and usage. Workers must use care when harvesting, grading and packing not to damage or bruise produce. Discard inferior or defective products and/or foreign matter and place acceptable products in containers for further processing. Weigh products or estimate their weight, visually or by feel. Place products in containers according to grade and mark grades on containers. Record grade and/or identification numbers on tags or on shipping, receiving, or sales sheets. Workers are also responsible for farm, field and shed sanitation duties including picking up trash, cleaning work areas, fields and orchards. Set up, operate, repair and maintain irrigation equipment. Operate tractors to assist with harvesting, loading, or unloading of crops or materials. Count and check harvested products. Inform farmers or farm managers of crop progress. Repair and maintain farm vehicles, implements, mechanical equipment and buildings. Apply fertilizers. As a minor activity, workers may dig and remove old and/or diseased peach trees and plant new trees. Using the employer's vehicles, workers with a valid license and doctor's certificate may transport other workers and be offered additional hours. Assist with Good Agricultural Practices policies. Allergies to ragweed, goldenrod, honey bees, insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, or related chemicals may affect a worker's ability to perform the job. Persons seeking employment in this position must be available for the entire period requested by the employer. Employer reserves the right to discharge an obviously unqualified worker, malingerer or recalcitrant worker who is physically able but is unwilling to perform the work necessary for the employer to grow a premium quality product, or for any other lawful reason. Employer may request, but not require, workers to work more than the stated daily hours and/or on a worker's Sabbath or federal holidays. Workers will have an unpaid lunch break. Worker must report to work at designated time and place each day.
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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One month of farm or orchard work experience required. Work is outside in extremely hot, cold and/or wet weather. Perform prolonged walking, bending, reaching, twisting, pushing, pulling, lifting and carrying of 50 lbs. Use a 3 ft. ladder while pruning fruit trees above head. Drug testing conducted at employer's expense, post-hire, upon suspicion.
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Work Schedule (Start/End time):
7:00 A.M. - 2:30 P.M.

Employer Information

Company Name:
Patterson Farms
Clanton, AL 35045
Telephone Number:


106 County Rd. 363, Clanton, AL 35045

Job Order Details

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