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Field Workers

Sierra Farms, LLC

2250 Salinas Rd / HWY 1, CA

$19.75 per hour


Recruitment Information

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Job Description

Full Time:
Number of Workers Requested:
Job Duties:
Machine harvest: Workers will perform duties associated with and directly related to strawberry harvest work with Mercado Aid Machines, including but not limited to picking and packing in the field for fresh market and freezing/juicing; Distinguishing quality and ripeness is required during picking, and placing in tray / packing clamshells ranging from 1 lb (eight 1 lb clamshells per box) to 4 lbs (two 4 lb clamshells per box) in the field. Pickers will work using a berry harvesting machine (Mercado) to aid harvest. The Machine is self-remote driven, composed of 7-9 pickers controlling the speed of the machine with guidance from the Foreman. Workers will harvest berries by placing them in different clamshell containers placed in carton boxes as they walk on uneven furrows using a harvesting berry cart where individual material is placed. Pickers will be placing a sticker bar code on each box harvested to identify their individual boxes. Once the worker has a full box, they walk to the machine and place it on top of the platform, then reach above where packaging materials are located for the cycle to repeat. Once the machine reaches the end of the block or road, each picker is responsible to work as a team to palletize all boxes harvested before it gets scanned to the computer system. Pickers will be empowered to regulate their own quality, by not waiting in line to be inspected by the puncher. Machine will be moving at all times at a sufficient speed controlled by both foreman and pickers while pickers perform the above tasks. Strawberry ground crews will not use the Mercado Machine System. Ground harvest: Workers will perform duties associated with and directly related to strawberry harvest work, including and not limited to picking and packing in the field for fresh market and freezing/juicing; Distinguish quality and ripeness is required during picking, and placing in tray/packing containers in field ranging from 8/1 lbs., 4x2 lbs., 20 lbs. tray containers in field. Pickers will work with a picking trailer to aid in harvest. Workers must be able to place boxes on the trailer and stack the boxes if needed. This includes repeated lifting. Workers are expected to work to support the team and assure the crew’s pace is efficient. This may include clearing areas in the field, arranging work materials, and cleaning break areas. Plant cleaning and maintenance is required as good harvesting practices and will be done in conjunction with picking. General Requirements: Employee must be able to work in a self-regulated team environment. Worker must perform the assigned work and may not switch work assignments without specific authorization of a company supervisor. Workers must be willing, able, available, and qualified to perform the job duties expected and to perform all jobs in an efficient manner while maintaining the work pace of the machine. Instructions and general supervision will be provided by a designated crew leader or company supervisor. However, workers are expected to perform their duties in a timely and proficient manner and to maintain production and quality standards without close direct supervision. This is a very demanding and competitive business in which quality inspections and good agricultural practices must be rigorously adhered to. Sloppy, inconsistent, or improper work will not be tolerated. All work must be evaluated by the supervisor(s) after a specified period of actual harvesting in regard to the ability to maintain sufficient pace, correctly identifying quality, packing strawberries, and similar factors. Workers whose job performance is sloppy, inconsistent, or inefficient will be subject for termination.
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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Special Requirements:
1 month of strawberry harvest experience. Specific requirements include lifting up to 50 pounds frequently and able to use hand tools, including cutting knives. Must be able to work under conditions where skin and clothing become heavily soiled with mud, water, grease, etc. Must be able to work outdoors in inclement weather conditions, including rain, cold, high winds, etc. Work involves frequent bending and working in bent or stooped positions. Must be able to walk and stand up extensively. No smoking, alcohol, firearms in the field or residential housing. Work is performed in open fields and may involve exposure to mud, dust, wind, heat, cold, and other natural elements. Temperatures can range from 30 degrees Fahrenheit to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the period of employment. Workers should come prepared with appropriate clothing and footwear for the environmental and working conditions described.
Number of Hours Per Week:
Work Schedule (Start/End time):
6:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Employer Information

Company Name:
Sierra Farms, LLC
Watsonville, CA 95076
Telephone Number:


Nakamura Ranch (Organic Only): 2250 Salinas Rd / HWY 1, 2250 Salinas Rd / HWY 1, CA 95039

Job Order Details

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Additional Wage Information:
Fresh: $2.25 to $3.25 per 1 & 2 pound box, depending on crew-based quality incentive rate. Estimated hourly rate: $26. 8 to 11.6 boxes per hour. Box dimensions: 2 pound boxes are 11 ½’’ by 19 ½’’ and the 1 pound boxes are 19 ¾’’ by 15 ¾’’.
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