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Farmworkers 45-2092.00

Jones & Church Farms, Inc.

Jonesborough, TN

$15.14 per hour


Recruitment Information

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Job Description

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Workers will plant, cultivate, and harvest tomatoes. Workers will be required to remove weeds by hand or with a hoe. Workers will bend and stoop to pick vegetables according to size, color, shape and degree of maturity and place into field containers. Workers may carry full container weighing approximately fifty (50) lbs. and empty into field bin or load onto trailer. May be required to pull and discard culls as directed by supervisor. Pickers will take care not to bruise or scar produce. Pre-harvest activities may include staking, tying, transplanting, and pruning. Workers will stand on feet for long periods of time. Workers are required to work in fields when plants are wet with dew or rain. Temperatures in fields during working hours can range from forty (40) to over one hundred (100) degrees. Tomato planting, cultivation, and harvest: Workers will help in installing plastic and drip irrigation tubing on raided beds in tomato rows in the field. Workers will cover edges of plastic with soil using long handle shovels being careful not to tear or puncture plastic, Workers will not be expected to operate equipment used in application of the plastic row covers. Workers will plant weed, drive stakes, and apply string every two plants, prune all suckers to the first main fork on the tomato plant being careful not to break leaves or injure the stem of the plant. At harvest time workers will pick mature green tomatoes from the vine, remove stems and place in standard 5/8-bushel plastic picking bin. Care must be exercised to prevent bruising of the tomatoes. When the picking buckets are full, the worker will carry them to the truck where they are dumped into bins for transport to the packinghouse. Tomatoes vines and product must be free of moisture before harvest begins. This drying usually occurs before noon therefore workers are expected to begin work around noon and continue until 8:00pm. After the tomatoes are transported to the packing house, workers will assist in the unloading, dumping, grading, and packing. The workers may make boxes and lids, place different grade sized of tomatoes in box, apply lids, and stack on pallets and load trucks for transport to market. Much of the packinghouse work will be done in the evenings of the same days the tomatoes are harvested. Workers will also pick red/pink tomatoes at times. When doing this they will remove from the vines all tomatoes that are showing any red or pink color, ranging from a small spot of red on the blossom end to the fully red tomato. Workers will place harvested tomatoes in standard 5/8-bushel plastic picking buckets discarding any cat-faced, deformed, decayed or water damaged tomatoes on the ground between rows. Care must be exercised to prevent bruising of the tomatoes. When the picking buckets are filled the worker will carry them to the truck or other designated place where they are graded and field packed. Worker will clean tomatoes, when necessary, with cleaning cloth furnished by employer. Worker will separate tomatoes into extra-large and large sized and into light pink, pink and red colors, and place in individual 25-pound boxes. Workers will stack filled and lidded boxes on pallets for transport to the packinghouse. Worker may assist in unloading boxes from trucks to the packing house. After harvest is complete, workers will remove plastic and irrigation drip tape from rows of tomatoes and place in piles for loading onto trucks, being careful to completely revoke all plastic and drip tape from field. Workers will cut string from stakes and then pull, pile and load tomato stakes. Workers will install and maintain irrigation systems and water lines. Move and install irrigation pipes and equipment, remove drip tubing or install drip tubing, dig and maintain ditches.
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

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Must have three months experience hand harvesting a perishable crop. Applicants must be able to furnish affirmative job references from recent employers. Must be able to work in the hot humid weather for extended periods of time. Workers are subject to random drug testing at no cost to the employee. All drug testing will occur after the worker begins his or her employment and is not a part of the interview process. Failing or refusing a drug test will result in immediate termination.
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Work Schedule (Start/End time):
7:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Employer Information

Company Name:
Jones & Church Farms, Inc.
Unicoi, TN 37692
Telephone Number:


3510 Hwy 81 S, Jonesborough, TN 37659

Job Order Details

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