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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Orchard Worker

Bryant Orchards, Inc.

Fincastle, VA

$15.81 per hour

ACTIVE

Recruitment Information

Telephone Number to Apply:
+15405292923
Email address to Apply:
boiinc@juno.com

Job Description

Full Time:
Yes
Number of Workers Requested:
36
Job Duties:
Crops/Commodities: Apples & Peaches. This job requires 3 months of verifiable prior experience working on a vegetable and/or 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. Workers will perform general tasks associated with orchard production to include but not limited to: plant, cultivate and harvest fruits, cleaning and maintenance of fields, prune trees, box fruit, and irrigation maintenance. Use hand tools including, but not limited to: pruners, shovels, hoes and knives. Pick, cut, lift, or pull crops. Grade, size and field pack product. Take care to prevent damaging produce and trees. Use/handle ladders up to 20 ft. in length and weighing up to 60 lbs. Must be able to maneuver ladders on steep and uneven terrain. Tree Training: hoeing, tree painting, weed mat application. Tie/position trees and limbs, together and to trellises, using string, tape, wire or other fasteners and supports. Thinning: Hand thin to control the size and quality of fruit. Remove fruit blossom, bud and/or identifiable fruit from within a cluster of other fruits. Must accurately identify and remove misshapen, damaged or otherwise unmarketable fruit. Pruning: Hand pruning based on fruit variety. Use manual and mechanized pruning tools and equipment. Identify and remove stubs or broken branches, downward-growing branches, branches rubbing against each other, shaded interior branches, dead wood and shoots-suckers. Harvest: Spot and/or strip pick fruit based on seasonal need. Snap fruit off tree with thumb and palm of hand to avoid stem pulls, punctures, bruising, or other damage. Pick culls and peelers. Fill fruit buckets and place fruit in bins. Follow supervisor/foreman's instructions on color/size requirements. Must be able to differentiate between colors and fruit varieties accurately. Supervisors will explain and demonstrate picking requirements to all workers at the start of the season and as needed thereafter to ensure quality standards. Bruised or damaged fruit will be noted by supervisor(s) in a post-inspection quality report. Supervisors may issue written disciplinary notice to workers with a significant number of culls, bruised, or damaged fruit. Repeated failure to follow quality control instructions may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination. Mow, cut, and weed fields. Perform ditching, shoveling, hoeing, hauling, ground preparation, and other manual tasks. Bending, stooping and kneeling required. Use hand tools including but not limited to hoes, shovels, shears, clippers, loppers, and saws. Lift, carry, and load/unload products or supplies. Use power equipment including but not limited to: tractors, planters, mowers, plows, sprayers, cultivators, power shears, chain saws, high lifts, fork lifts, skid loaders. Must operate agricultural equipment safely, with or without direction. Clear debris from field and clean/maintain farm buildings, structures, equipment, and work areas. Assist with farm building/field maintenance and repairs. Work is done in the field for long periods of time. Workers may assist in handling product weighing up to 60 pounds and lifting to a height of 5 feet. Workers must work on their feet in bent positions for long periods of time. Work requires repetitive movements and extensive walking. Work required in fields when plants are wet with dew and rain, and may be required during light rain, snow, moderate winds, direct sun, high humidity and extreme temperatures. Temperatures in fields during working hours can range from 10 to over 100 degrees F. Workers may be required to work during occasional showers not severe enough to stop field operations. Allergies to ragweed, goldenrod, honey bees, insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, or related chemicals may affect a worker's ability to perform the job.
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:
This job requires 3 months of verifiable prior experience working on a vegetable and/or fruit farm handling both manual and machine tasks associated with commodity production and harvest activities. Saturday work required. Must be able to lift/carry 60 lbs.Employer-paid drug testing will be conducted at random, upon reasonable suspicion of use, and after a worker has an accident at work.
Number of Hours Per Week:
45
Work Schedule (Start/End time):
7:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.

Employer Information

Company Name:
Bryant Orchards, Inc.
Location:
Fincastle, VA 24090
Telephone Number:
+15405292923

Worksite

Address:
2333 Blacksburg Rd, Fincastle, VA 24090

Job Order Details

ETA Case Number:
H-300-24130-977571
Multiple Worksites:
No
Additional Wage Information:
Apple Harvest, $0.75 per bushel. Estimated average hourly wage rate is $15.00 based on filling 20 bushels/hour. Guaranteed $15.81/hr
Date Posted:
5/28/2024

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