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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Equipment Operator/farmworker/irrigator

Jentzsch Kearl Farms

Rupert, ID

$16.54 per hour

ACTIVE

Recruitment Information

Email address to Apply:
tia@jkfarms.com
Web address to Apply:
www.idahoworks.gov/job_seeker

Job Description

Full Time:
Yes
Number of Workers Requested:
48
Job Duties:
Workers will be required to perform a variety of duties related to the production of alfalfa, watermelon, cantaloupe, pumpkins, beans, winter squash, corn, grain, potatoes, sugar beets, sweet corn, ornamental shade trees, shrubs and perennials. Most of the work activities during the overall contract period, however, will be related to general farm work as well as irrigating. General Farm Work will include the following: maintain, drive, attach and operate farm implements/tractors/equipment to till soil, fertilize and harvest crops; adjust, repair, and service farm machinery and notify supervisors when machinery malfunctions; may mix and/or spray chemicals (according to appropriate restrictive use laws, when/if applicable); remove undesirable and excess growth from crops or farm grounds; remove rocks and/or foreign material from field and machinery; paint/repair/maintain farm structures; maintain/repair fencing; perform general cleanup of farm areas; operate motor bike or all-terrain vehicle in the course of performing duties; walk behind equipment to ensure plant placement; remove dead plants and replace with seeds or live plants; handle and lift items above the head; trap/poison pests; harvest, pack, and store crop; pick up/handle/climb ladders; clear property; prune plant using a variety of pruning equipment including hand shears, hand loppers, hand saws, and 12-foot ladders; pick crop from plant according to grade, color and size by grasping crop with hands and removing from plant in a motion so as not to harm adjacent plants or vines; prevent bruising of crop or breaking of vines; use small knives or tools to cut crops from vines; inspect growing crops for signs of disease, insect manifestations, worms, or rot; clean fields after harvest; harvest, sort, and gather crop by hand; repeatedly catch and throw crops weighing up to 30 pounds; lift crops weighing approximately 80 pounds; wipe dirt off crops; apply stickers to product; place crop in buckets/bags/bins; identify and remove crop that is misshapen, damaged, or inferior; harvest crops into packaging; load crops on farm trucks or field conveyors; hand crop off to or receive from another worker for placement in boxes located on trailers; prepare boxes for packing products; assemble cardboard bins and place on pallets; pickup and move bins/pallets with forklift; place crop in boxes located on trailer; prepare crops for shipment; perform any other labor considered necessary for the efficient structure of properties; sort produce according to grade, color and size; discard diseased/rotting/inferior product and foreign matter; cleanup around conveyors and worksite; place produce on designated conveyors; determine ripeness and appropriate time to harvest produce; cut and sort potatoes by using knife to cut potato into sections; report malfunctions; haul fertilizer and/or compost to field edge; drive, load/unload farm trucks and Ag exempt, non CDL semi/10-wheel trucks; transport crops from field to storage and/or to market; workers possessing the proper licensure may be asked to transport other farm workers. Irrigation duties will include the following: Hand lines: connect pipes; check alignment of pipe and adjust for proper water distribution; attach lines to water supply; turn on pump; turn valves to start flow of water; disassemble lines and carry pipes across fields at specified intervals; move pipes through freshly irrigated crops and/or plowed fields where mud may be deep at times; lift and carry pipe sections weighing approximately 40 pounds on a sustained basis. Wheel lines: start gasoline engines and operate controls to move lines across fields at specified intervals. Pivots: operate, maintain, and repair system. Other Irrigation Duties: remove pipes/wheel lines from storage and lay out/place in predetermined patterns in fields; lubricate, adjust, repair, and replace parts such as sprinkler heads and drive chains using hand tools; observe revolving sprinklers an
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:
No
Special Requirements:
Applicants must have 20 days experience with equipment operation/farm/irrigation work and provide the contact information of at least one reference who can verify experience and performance. Applicants hired must be able to obtain a valid drivers license as driving on public roads may be required. To meet minimum acceptable performance standards when irrigating, the worker must, after a 10-day conditioning period, move an average of at least 48 40-foot sections of 3-inch pipe or 44 40-foot sections of 4-inch pipe per hour under normal working conditions and when harvesting, the worker must, after a 10-day conditioning period, handle an average of at least 600 watermelons an hour under normal working conditions.
Number of Hours Per Week:
60
Work Schedule (Start/End time):
7:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.

Employer Information

Company Name:
Jentzsch Kearl Farms
Location:
Rupert, ID 83350
Telephone Number:
+12085324119

Worksite

Address:
1500 North 480 East (including field/worksites within a 79-mile radius), Rupert, ID 83350

Job Order Details

ETA Case Number:
H-300-24134-989223
Multiple Worksites:
No
Date Posted:
5/22/2024

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