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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Berry Harvesters

Double B Farms

Cherryville, NC

$15.81 per hour

ACTIVE

Recruitment Information

Telephone Number to Apply:
+17044722976
Email address to Apply:
dbfarmsblackberries@gmail.com
Web address to Apply:
ncworks.gov

Job Description

Full Time:
Yes
Number of Workers Requested:
32
Job Duties:
Harvest, grade and field pack blackberries (95%) and blueberries (5%) by hand. Walk through assigned row while bending and reaching to pick ripe blueberries and blackberries by hand without bruising or damaging the fruit or bush. Workers must use care to pick bushes clean of all berries of the correct color and size that are suitable for shipment to fresh fruit markets, as instructed by their supervisor. Green or red berries must not be picked. When picking blueberries, workers will carefully place picked berries into one gallon/six-pound buckets. Once all buckets are full, workers will carry buckets to the trailer in the field. Buckets will be inspected for quality and weighed. Blueberries may also be handpicked and placed directly into clam shell containers that are carried in flats to the end of the rows for inspection. Blackberries will be picked, graded and packed into clam shell containers according to supervisor's instructions ensuring that there are no leaks. Once clamshells are full, workers will place them into boxes and carry full boxes to trailers in the fields at the end of the rows where fruit is inspected for quality and weight. Blackberries may also be harvested into buckets which are then carried to the end of the rows for inspection and weighing. Each bucket will net 30 lbs. each. Blackberries for fresh fruit markets must not be picked when wet. Workers must continuously check harvested berries when placing into clamshells or buckets. Defective and low quality fruit will not be accepted and must be discarded. Defective berries include, but are not limited to those that are green, red, white, or leakers. Buckets and trays will be inspected to insure berries are free of defects, and if accepted, workers will receive a ticket for each completed container. Workers must harvest fruit of desired size, ripeness and use care when harvesting not to damage berries. Clean fields when harvest activities are complete. Workers will walk down rows, bending to prune and remove floricans that had produced fruit. Primocanes will be left unharmed by the removal process. Pruned canes will be piled in row middles. Long sleeve shirts, pants and gloves are recommended when harvesting and pruning to reduce skin irritation and scratches caused by thorns, branches and leaves. Hoe fields and weed crops. Workers with a valid license and doctor's certificate may transport other workers and be offered additional hours. Assist with Good Agricultural Practices policies. 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. Allergies to ragweed, goldenrod, honey bees, insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, or related chemicals may affect a worker's ability to perform the job. 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. Daily or weekly work schedule may vary due to weather, sunlight, temperature, crop conditions, and other factors. Employer will notify workers of any change to start time. TERMINATION. Prior to any termination for cause, employer evaluates workers' performance of required tasks and compliance with Work Rules and other employer policies. Employer may terminate a worker for cause if the worker's performance consistently and/or substantially fails to satisfy the employer's reasonable expectations (in accordance with the criteria set forth herein), or otherwise engages in serious or egregious misconduct that endangers health, safety, or property.
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:
Yes
Months of Experience Required:
1
Special Requirements:
one month of farm work experience required Walk, bend, reach, push, pull and lift and carry up to 30 lbs. for prolonged periods of time and have hand dexterity. Work is outside in extremely wet, humid, hot and dirty conditions.
Number of Hours Per Week:
40
Work Schedule (Start/End time):
7:00 A.M. - 2:30 P.M.

Employer Information

Trade Name/Doing Business As:
Double B Farms
Company Name:
Thomas B. Brown
Location:
Cherryville, NC 28021
Telephone Number:
+17044722976

Worksite

Address:
6890 Hull Road, Cherryville, NC 28021

Job Order Details

ETA Case Number:
H-300-24092-844822
Multiple Worksites:
No
Additional Wage Information:
Harvest and field pack blackberries, $5.00/flat; Estimated hourly wage equivalent is $25 per hour based on an average of 5 piece rate units per hour. Actual piece rate earnings depend on individual factors. Guaranteed AEWR
Date Posted:
4/5/2024

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