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Field Worker

Buenaventura Ranch, LLC

Santa Maria, CA

$19.75 per hour


Recruitment Information

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Job Description

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Job Duties:
Harvesters to perform the following duties: Ground Harvest ONLY in Conventional Strawberry Production: Workers will perform duties associated with and directly related to strawberry harvest work, including but not limited to picking and packing in the field for fresh market and freezing/juicing. Distinguish quality and ripeness is required during picking; place in tray/packing containers in field ranging from 8/1 lbs., 4x2 lbs. containers in the field. Packing for fresh market and freezing/juicing may be done simultaneously or a combination of picking different fruit sizes for different packing. Pickers will work on Conventional Strawberry Field Only. 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:
Minimum Job Qualifications: 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:
Buenaventura Ranch, LLC
Watsonville, CA 95076
Telephone Number:


Ranch #6RG: 3512 W Main St, Santa Maria, CA 93458

Job Order Details

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Additional Wage Information:
Fresh Strawberries: $2.00 per 1 & 2 pound box (roughly 11.5 boxes per hour to reach hourly estimate of $23). 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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