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This job requires a minimum of 3 months of agricultural employment experience, handling both manual and mechanized tasks associated with commodity production and harvest activities. Workers must be able to perform manual and mechanized tasks with accuracy and efficiency. Applicants must be able to furnish verbal or written statement establishing relevant prior work experience.
Plant, cultivate and harvest apples, cherries, grapes.
Spread plastic or other ground covering. Clean plastic by hand from ground upon removal. Till soil. Weed and thin plants. Transplant plants by hand. Stake/tie plants, trellis/prune plants, and set poles and wires for vine plants. Take care to prevent damaging produce and plants. 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, forklifts, skid loaders. Must operate agricultural equipment safely, with or without direction. Apply pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and other crop protectants. Mix and apply fertilizers, plant growth chemicals, conditioners, and other plant related treatments at the correct times depending on plant type, growth, climate and crop conditions. Clear debris from field and clean/maintain farm buildings, structures, equipment, and work areas. Perform maintenance activities including but not limited to weed control and trellis installation and repair. Put out empty bins. Build/place bands. Cut cardboard. Place pheromones.
Planting: Propagate plants by grafting, placing buds/scions. Plant seedlings or 'liners' by hand or with mechanical planter. Clear cull stock, brush and debris. Dig holes and shovel dirt.
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 and selectively remove diseased limbs and branches due to fire blight and/or bacterial canker.
Use/handle ladders up to 10 ft. in length and weighing up to 26 lbs. or perform work on motorized platform.
Harvest Apples: 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.
Cherries: Hand pick fruit leaving stems attached. Place harvested fruit at bottom of basket/bucket. Avoid stem pulls, punctures, bruising, or other damage. Identify defects (bird pecks, limb rubs, splits, sunburn) and other damage. Follow supervisor/foreman's instructions on fruit quality. Must be able to differentiate between colors and sizes accurately.
Grapes: Workers will plant, cultivate, maintain and harvest grapes. Performs vineyard maintenance activities including but not limited to weed control and trellis installation and repair. Thin fruit and remove shoots, vines and leaves. Performs vineyard maintenance activities, including mowing and weeding. Tie vines to trellises. Must possess the requisite skills and knowledge of what, when, where and how much to prune on a grape vine. Identify and remove the proper canes and vines while retaining the fruiting wood and renewal spurs. Must demonstrate and consistently utilize pruning practices that assure vine balance and preserve vine health. Manage vineyard canopy management to permit light and air circulation. Install and maintain bird netting. Assist/move harvested fruit from field to processing area.
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.
Workers with a clean driving record (no major moving violations such as but not limited to Driving While Intoxicated or Reckless Driving) and able to obtain an insurable driver's license may be required to drive company vehicles. Workers with appropriate licenses and a valid doctor's certificate may be asked to drive other workers.
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, honeybees, insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, or related chemicals may affect a worker's ability to perform the job. Workers should be able to do the work required with or without reasonable accommodations.
Must wear assigned personal protective equipment when required. Must report for work daily wearing work clothing and boots or other durable foot wear. Shorts, bathing suits or other casual clothing not permitted. Workers wearing clothing inappropriate for work will not be permitted to start work.
Non-employees access to work sites or adjacent areas strictly prohibited. Non-working minors may not be present, adjacent to worksites, or left in vehicles during the day.
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
Apple - Harvesting |
Apple- Harvesting- Smbrosia- $19.00 per bin (47"X47"X24.5")
Apple - Harvesting | Fuji
Apple- Harvesting- Fuji- $25.00 per bin (47"X47"X24.5")
Apple - Harvesting | Gala (high density)
Apple - Harvesting | Gala (high density)- $26.00 per bin (47"X47"X24.5")
Apple - Harvesting | Gala (low density)
Apple - Harvesting | Gala (low density) - $27.00 per bin (47" x 47" x 24.5")
Apple - Harvesting |
Golden, Fresh Market
Apple - Harvesting | Golden, Fresh Market - $24.50 per bin (47" x 47" x
Apple - Harvesting | Golden, Processor
Apple - Harvesting | Golden, Processor - $24.50 per bin (47" x 47" x 24.5")
Apple - Harvesting | Granny Smith
Apple - Harvesting | Granny Smith - $24.50 per bin (47" x 47" x 24.5")
Apple - Harvesting | Honey Crisp
Apple - Harvesting | Honey Crisp - $15.83 per hour or - $29.36 per bin (47" x 47" x 24.5")
Apple - Harvesting | Jonagold
Apple - Harvesting | Jonagold - $24.50 per bin (47" x 47" x 24.5")
Apple - Harvesting | Pink Lady
Apple - Harvesting | Pink Lady - $25.00 per bin (47" x 47" x 24.5")
Apple - Harvesting |
Apple - Harvesting | Plumac - $24.50 per bin (48? x 48? x 28?)
Apple - Harvesting | Red Delicious
Apple - Harvesting | Red Delicious - $20.00 per bin (47" x 47" x 24.5")
Apple - Harvesting | Sci-Fresh
Apple - Harvesting | Sci-Fresh - $24.50 per bin (47" x 47" x 24.5")
Apple - Harvesting | All
Other Varieties (low density)
Apple - Harvesting | All Other Varieties (low density) - $23.00 per bin (47" x 47" x 24.5")
Pruning - $0.10 - $5.00/tree
Thinning - $0.05 - $6.00/tree
Brush work - $0.04/tree
Pheromone placement - $0.04 - $0.07/tree
Tree painting (copper mixture)
Tree painting (copper mixture) - $0.04 - $0.09/tree
Tree training - $0.04 - $1.00/tree
Grafting - $0.05 - $0.45/tree
Trellis installation - $0.50 - $9.00/trellis
Apple/cherry leaf removal
Apple/cherry leaf removal - $0.04 - $0.50/plant
Fireblight removal - $0.05-$2.00/tree
Blossom thinning -$0.10-$2.00/tree
Applying Mylar - $50.00-$100.00/roll
Cherry - Harvesting |
Cherry - Harvesting | Red - $4.00 per 20 lb. Lug (24" x 16" x 7")
Cherry - Harvesting | Yellow
Cherry - Harvesting | Yellow - $6.00 per 20 lb. Lug (16" x 10" x 8")
Grape - Harvesting
Grape - Harvesting - $0.50 - $2.00 per 20 lb. bucket or equivalent in 40 lb. lug
Grape thinning - $0.04 - $0.40/plant
Grape leaf removal
Grape leaf removal - $0.02 - $0.40/plant
Weeding - $40.00 - $400.00/acre
Leaf removal - $0.04 - $50.00/plant
Banding - $0.10 - $0.80/tree
The pay period: 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: 08/15/2020 to 11/15/2020
Work hours will be 8 hrs. a day Monday through Friday and 6hrs on Saturday.
Employer will accept referrals until 10/01/2020
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