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This job requires a minimum of one month of prior experience working in tree fruit orchards handling manual tasks associated with fruit production and showing proficiency with orchard ladder use. Applicants must be able to furnish verbal or written statement establishing relevant prior work experience. Workers must be able to perform all work activities with accuracy and efficiency. Primary tasks will be harvesting fruit and pruning trees.
Instructions and overall supervision and direction of workers will be provided by a company supervisor. Workers hired pursuant to this labor certification must be able to comprehend and follow instructions of a company supervisor and communicate effectively to supervisors. Unusual, complex or non-routine activities will be supervised. Workers will be expected to perform basic duties in a timely and proficient manner without close supervision. Workers must be able to keep pace with the balance of the crew.
Qualified workers (workers who possess at least one season of previous experience performing the following duties) may be offered tasks including, but not limited to, the operation of general purpose vehicles to transport equipment and product from one field location or facility to another and the operation of tractors, sprayers and turf mowing equipment. Workers will be instructed in the safety and operation of the vehicles/equipment before driving/operation. Tractors should be driven in a manner to protect the operator, other workers, products, trees, crops and equipment. Worker may, under supervision of a certified pesticide applicator, mix and apply pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, fertilizers or other crop enhancing/protecting sprays as deemed necessary by management. Workers may be tasked with performing horticulture observation reports, assist with horticulture administration under the supervision of the Orchard Manager, assist with moving workers from one location to another and coordinating transportation and drivers. Repeated failure to obey safety requirements and operating instructions may result in termination of employment.
Orchard Clean Up
Orchard cleanup is a general term for duties associated with keeping the outdoor orchard area clean. Additional duties under the clean up description are collecting and disposing of mylar plastic sheeting, orchard row weeding activities and other associated duties keeping the orchard clean and debris-free.
Pruning numerous varieties of apple, cherry and pear trees according to established company procedures based on the difference in the treatment of different varieties. Work will be performed on trees for long periods of time using a variety of pruning equipment including hand shears, hand loppers, hand saws and 10-12-foot ladders. Workers pruning apple, pear and cherry trees may be required to selectively prune only trees of a certain size as instructed by the crew boss.
Workers are expected to possess or acquire pruning skills in order to be able to identify and remove stubs or broken branches, downward-growing branches, branches which rub against each other, shaded interior branches, dead wood and shoots/suckers and selectively remove diseased limbs and branches due to fire blight and/or bacterial canker with hand pruning saws and clippers, mechanized clippers and pole pruners. Occasionally workers may be required to use chain saws and other mechanized equipment in pruning activities.
Careful pruning requires knowledge of what to prune, how much to prune and fruit trees' growth habits. The primary reason for pruning fruit trees is to improve fruit quality and thus increase crop marketability and value. Cherry trees are typically pruned in mid-summer before new growth starts.
Quality is essential. Different varieties of apples and pears will be picked according to established company procedures based on the end use (spot picking for fresh; small percentage of culls for processing.) Workers must be able to differentiate between colors accurately in order to perform color-specific picking.
Keep the work area clean and safe by keeping dropped fruit away from the bin so that you do not slip when emptying your bucket.
Company supervisors will explain and demonstrate if necessary, picking requirements to all workers at the start of the season and as needed thereafter to ensure quality standards.
Care must be taken when picking so as not to damage or bruise fruit. Workers must be able to pick and dump fruit without stem pulls, punctures, bruising or other damage which diminishes quality. Observation of bruised, damaged or cull fruit by the crew boss, or as indicated on the pick quality report will result in a written disciplinary notice. After three written notices a worker's employment may be terminated. A written disciplinary notice may occur when a bin is inspected, and a significant number of culls bruised, or damaged fruit are found by the crew boss. Pears and Apples
Pick pears without punctures, bruises or scuffs. (3 punctures/30 pears checked) All pears should have stems.
Pick all the fruit on the tree. Do not pick up fruit that has fallen on the ground. Do not knock the fruit out with the ladder or a prop. Do not drop the pears into the bucket. Gently place each pear on top of the others. Use both hands to pick and fill the bucket to keep it level.
Fill the bin from all sides. Do not let the fruit roll in the bin. Fill the bin level with the top. The crew boss will inform workers how full to fill the bin.
All pears placed in a wood bin, except Bartlett, need a plastic liner in the bin before placing any fruit in the bin. It is important that the liner covers all sides of the bin and fits tightly around the top.
Workers must be able to handle ladders which are 12ft. in length and weigh 40 lbs while managing a picking basket/bucket that weighs approximately 20 lbs. Pickers are required to pick the fruit by leaving the stems attached with their fingers and by placing the harvested fruit the fruit at the bottom of the basket/bucket. Great care must be taken to ensure that the fruit is harvested and placed into the basket/bucket so as to not bruise or damage the fruit.
Picking will be performed by color, or color and size as well as by defects which would render the fruit unmarketable. Such defects include but are not limited to bird pecks, limb rub, splits and sunburn. The harvest supervisor will show all harvesters the correct way to pick cherries to reach the quality objectives of the company.
Tree Training and Trellising
Workers may be required to perform tree training duties including but not limited to the following activities: hoeing, tree tying - includes tying limbs to trellises and tying limbs together. Other tying activities will be determined by orchard management and communicated to all employees. In addition to tree training, workers may be required to construct tree trellises that are integral to the tree growing process. Other duties required may be but not limited to the following activities: using power hole digging augers, setting poles, stringing trellis wire, setting wire anchors, using hammers, pickaxes, shovels, hoes, spades and other associated equipment and duties related to building a commercially viable tree trellis.
Workers may be required to perform tree planting duties included but not limited to the following activities: digging holes, lifting trees, applying fertilizer, tree trunk protection barriers, irrigation system installation and other associated duties related to planting trees to produce a commercially viable crop.
3-month work experience
Lifting requirement 60
Exposure to extreme temperatures
Extensive pushing or pulling
Extensive sitting or walking
Frequent stooping or bending over
Must anticipate being available to work the entire contract period.
Hourly wage is $15.83 per hour. The prevailing practice for harvest work is to compensate workers on a piece rate basis. However, no worker will be paid less than $15.83 per hour averaged over the pay period. Minimum piece rates are as follow:
Crop or activity
Piece Rate/ Special Pay Information
Cripps Pink, all cultivations - $26.45 per bin (46" x 46" x 24") Wood
Granny Smith, all cultivations - $24.00 per bin (46" x 46" x 24") Wood
Fuji, all cultivations - $28.00 per bin (46" x 46" x 24") Wood
Gala, all cultivations - $26.00 per bin (46" x 46" x 24") Wood
Golden Delicious, all cultivations - $26.00 per bin (46" x 46" x 24") Wood
Honey Crisp, all cultivations - $28.26 per bin (47" x 47" x 26") Plastic or $15.83 per hour
Bartlett, all cultivations - $23.45 per bin (46" x 46" x 24") Wood
Bartlett, all cultivations - $26.53 per bin (47" x 47" x 26") Plastic
Bartlett, all cultivations - $21.51 per bin (45" x 45" x 23") Plastic Organic
Bosc, all cultivations - $26.57 per bin (47" x 47" x 26") Plastic
Bosc, all cultivations - $23.49 per bin (46" x 46" x 24") Wood
D'Anjou, all cultivations - $23.49 per bin (46" x 46" x 24) Wood
D'Anjou, all cultivations - $26.57 per bin (47" x 47"x 26") Plastic
Pear Harvest, Continued
Red Clapp, all cultivations - $26.57 per bin (47" x 47" x 26") Plastic
Seckles, all cultivations - $26.57 per bin (47" x 47" x 26") Plastic
Forelle, all cultivations - $26.57 per bin (47" x 47 x 26") Plastic
Red Cherry- all cultivations - $6.00 per 30 lb. lug
Yellow Cherry- all cultivations - $6.00 per 20 lb. lug
Pear, Apple and Cherry Pruning
$.10 - $5.00 per pear and cherry tree depending upon size of tree:
$ .25 high density, 900 trees/acre, 2-3 years old.
$ 1.50-$3.50 medium density, 300-450 trees/acre, 4-7 years old.
$ 3.50-$5.00 low density, multiple leaders, 99-250 trees/acre, 12-100 years old.
The pay period: Bi-weekly.
The employer will furnish, without charge, all tools, supplies and personal protective equipment required in the performance of the specified work.
Employer provided housing/kitchen facilities are available for employees who are unable to reasonably return to their place of residence the same day.
Transportation costs to the job site for domestic workers from outside the local commuting distance of the job site will be reimbursed by the employer after 50% of the contract period. Transportation costs from the job site to the workers home will be provided to those domestic workers that complete the entire contract period.
Employer guarantees to offer employment for the hourly equivalent of 3/4 or 75% of the workdays of the work contract beginning with the first day of work.
Full job description and employer benefits is available from the employer.
Contract period: 08/21/2020 to 10/30/2020
Work hours will be 6 hrs. a day Monday through Friday and 5hrs on Saturday.
Employer will accept referrals until 09/26/2020
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Job ID: 218528026
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