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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Orchard Worker

Whitacre Family Farms, LLC

Cross Junction, VA

$15.81 per hour

ACTIVE

Recruitment Information

Telephone Number to Apply:
+15408883429
Email address to Apply:
sjohnson@whitacrefamilyfarms.com

Job Description

Full Time:
Yes
Number of Workers Requested:
6
Job Duties:
Crops/Commodities: Apples, Peaches, and Garden Vegetables. This job requires 3 months of verifiable prior experience working on a fruit farm handling both manual and machine tasks associated with commodity production and harvest activities. Workers must be able to perform manual as well as mechanized activities with accuracy and efficiency. The Orchard Worker position includes duties associated with the planting, transplanting, cultivation, harvesting, grading, loading and unloading of fresh produce including but not limited to apples, peaches, and garden vegetables. Pruning, thinning, fertilizing, and upkeep of trees and vines. This work requires adherence to important food safety and quality standard operating procedures and the ability to work quickly and consistently alongside fellow workers with a positive, professional, team-based attitude and a consideration for the safety and health of fellow workers and of the consumers who will purchase and consume the fresh produce grown on the farm. General Conditions Applicable to All Crops: Work begins at an assigned time shortly after daylight. Work is performed under various weather conditions. Workers will use muscles to lift, push, pull, or carry heavy obects in loading and unloading trucks, etc. All of the tasks in this job description constitute one (1) job; the employer may assign workers to different tasks on any day or multiple tasks during the same day in the sole judgement of the employer. Workers may be required to perform work on the farm that is incidental to producing the crops such as performing hand weeding or hoeing, greenhouse cleaning and repairing buildings, maintaining grounds, operate tractor/farm equipment, incidental crop setup when needed, and movement of irrigation systems and equipment, gardening, cleaning around ponds & fields. This is a very demanding and competitive business in which quality specifications must be rigorously adhered to. Sloppy work cannot and will not be tolerated. Apple & Peach Tree Thinning: 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. The supervisor will set a standard or pattern for each orchard and will demonstrate and communicate this to workers. In some instances, fruit thinning will be done from a six- to twenty-foot ladder weighing up to 50 lbs. All workers must be able to lift and carry ladder, as well as work from the top of the ladder. Rows will be assigned to each worker and it is the responsibility of the worker to complete the trees on the row according to the supervisor's instructions. Limbs must not be torn from the tree, nor should limbs be completely stripped of leaves or fruit. Proper spacing and selection of fruit are critical to maximizing the trees potential yield. Workers will thin fruit using hands to remove excess fruit taking care to walk around entire tree before moving to the next. Apple & Peach Tree Summer Prunning: While pruning trees, worker will receive proper tools for the particular job, i.e. saw, pruners, and hand snips. These tools will be returned to the employer at the end of the task. The supervisor will set a standard or pattern for each orchard and will demonstrate and communicate this to workers. Workers will be assigned rows of trees and must prune each tree according to the predetermined standard. In some instances, fruit pruning will be done from a six- to twenty-foot ladder weighing up to 50 lbs.. All workers must be able to lift and carry ladder, as well as work from the top of the ladder. Workers must remove all resulting material from the fruit trees rendered from performing pruning tasks. When pruning is complete on each tree, each worker is required to rake and scatter the resulting brush in the center of the tractor/equipment middles.
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:
3
Special Requirements:
Job requires 3 months of verifiable prior experience working on a fruit farm handling both manual and machine tasks associated with commodity production and harvest activities. Must be able to lift/carry 60 lbs. Employer-paid post-hire drug testing is required upon reasonable suspicion of use and after a worker has an accident at work. Saturday work required.
Number of Hours Per Week:
44
Work Schedule (Start/End time):
9:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M.

Employer Information

Company Name:
Whitacre Family Farms, LLC
Location:
Cross Junction, VA 22625
Telephone Number:
+15408883429

Worksite

Address:
1639 New Hope Rd, Cross Junction, VA 22625

Job Order Details

ETA Case Number:
H-300-24129-970803
Multiple Worksites:
No
Date Posted:
5/16/2024

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