20-23 TREE FRUIT WORKER X36 YAKIMA, TIETON, NACHES, WAPATO, ZILLAH, GRANDVIEW, PROSSER, MATTAWA,WA H-2A
This is an H-2A job order for Apples, Pears, and Cherries
This H-2A job opportunity is limited to qualified, available workers that are currently eligible to work in the United States, per federal regulation.
Workers will perform any of the following duties: Orchard clean-up, building and repairing tree trellises, spreading compost, removal of strings and wire from trellises and other hand tasks.
Care of young non-producing fruit trees, including weeding, tree trunk painting, hand fertilizing and hand clipping.
Training of apple, pear and cherry trees to trellises including limb positioning, clipping and tying limbs and shoots to wire. Must be able to train trees to trellis without constant management supervision. Propping and tying of apple, pear and cherry trees and limbs.
Workers will install, deploy andremove shade cloth; install, maintain and operate irrigation system.
Ability to pick up, use and safely handle a 12-foot orchard ladder weighing approximately 40 lbs. is necessary for performance of general orchard duties.
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 workers, equipment and product from one field location or facility to another andthe operation of tractors, planters, sprayers, cultivators, cherry dryers and/or forklifts. Workers will be instructed in safety and operation of the vehicles/equipment before driving/operation. Vehicles, tractors, forklifts should be driven in a manner to protect operator, other workers, products, trees, cropsand equipment.
Under supervision of certified pesticide applicator, may mix and apply pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and/or fertilizer.
Workers will prepare fields for planting by clearing cull stock, brush and debris; dig holes, plant seedlings or liners by hand (including riding on the planting machine, reaching and grabbing a tree and dropping it in the hole and inserting liners in a mechanical planter); shovel dirt around newly-plantedtrees.
Thinning is a manual process used to control the size and fruit quality of grown fruit. Employees will be given appropriate training by supervisors. Ability to pick up, use and safely handle a 12 foot orchard ladder weighing approximately 40 lbs. is necessary for performance of thinning tasks.This process requires the employee to be able to appropriately remove the smallest fruit blossom, bud and/or identifiable fruit from within a cluster of other fruits. Workers will be expected to be able to identify and remove fruit that is misshapen, damaged and/or have other quality problems as directedby supervisors.
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 12-foot ladders. Pruning and thinning may be done from the ground or ladder up to 12 feet in height or from a motorized platform. Workers pruning apple, cherry and pear trees may be required to selectively prune only trees of a certain size as instructed by the crew boss.
Workers are expected to have requisite pruning skills 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 with hand pruning saws and clippers, mechanized clippersand pole pruners. Occasionally workers may be required to use chain saws and other mechanized equipment in pruning activities.
Cherry trees are typically pruned in mid-summer before new growth starts.
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 will use a picking bag or basket and ladders up to 12 ft. in length and will place picked fruit in bins. Hand harvesters may be instructed to pickculls and peelers (as directed and identified by supervisor) and drop on ground or place in bin.
Hand harvesters may be required to selectively pick only fruit of a certain color and/or size as instructed by the supervisors.
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.
Workers will be expected to follow supervisors' instructions relative to picking techniques and filling bins with picked fruit.
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.
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.
Will work 40 hours per week
7 hours per day, Monday through Friday
5 hours on Saturday
Contract dates: February 9, 2020 to November 14, 2020
•Three (3) months prior experience working on a fruit and/or vegetable crop farm handling manual tasks associated with commodity production and harvest activities.
•Ability to lift up to 60 lbs.
No worker will be paid less than the AEWR of $15.83 per hour
Fuji - High Density - $16.00
Fuji - Stem Clip - $26.00 per bin (47"x47"x24½")
Fuji - Strip Pick - $24.50 per bin (47"x47"x24½")
Granny Smith - Strip Pick - $24.50 per bin (47"x47"x24½")
Granny Smith -High Density - $16.00 per bin
Fuji - Color Pick - $27.56 per bin (47"x47"x24½")
Gala - High Density - $16.00
Gala - Strip Pick - $26.00 per bin (47"x47"x24½")
Gala - Color Pick - $27.56 per bin (47"x47"x24½")
Honey Crisp - $16.00
Honey Crisp- Strip Pick - $24.50 per bin (47"x47"x24½")
Honey Crisp - Stem Clip - $26.00 per bin (47"x47"x24½")
Honey Crisp - Color Pick - $27.56 per bin (47"x47"x24½")
Jazz - $16.00
Jazz - Strip Pick - $24.50 per bin (47"x47"x24½")
Pink Lady - High Density - $16.00
Pink Lady- Strip Pick - $24.50 per bin (47"x47"x24½")
Pink Lady - Stem Clip - $26.00 per bin (47"x47"x24½")
Pink Lady - Color Pick - $27.56 per bin (47"x47"x24½")
Envy - High Density - $16.00
Envy - Strip Pick - $24.50 per bin (47"x47"x24½")
Envy - Stem Clip - $26.00 per bin (47"x47"x24½")
Envy - Color Pick - $27.56 per bin (47"x47"x24½")
Dark Red -High Density - $.20 per lb.
Yellow -High Density - $.30 per lb.
Apples - Pruning, summer pruning, thinning, training
Pruning (Piece):Low - $0.02; High - $6.00; Hrly Min- $15.03
Thinning (Piece):Low - $0.03;High - $9.00; Hrly Min-$15.03
Training (Piece): Low -$0.03; High-$4.25; Hrly Min-$15.03. $.02-$9.00 per apple tree depending on size of tree: $.02-$.25 high density, 900 plus trees/acre 0-2 years
$.10-$.25 high density, 900 plus trees/acre 2-3 years old;
$1.50 - $3.50 med density, 300-450 trees/acre 4-7 years old;
$3.50 - $9.00 med lowdensity, multiple leaders 99-250 trees/acre 12 - 100 yrs old
Cherries - Pruning, summer pruning, thinning, training
Pruning (Piece):Low - $0.02; High - $6.00; Hrly Min- $15.03/Thinning (Piece):Low - $0.03;High - $9.00; Hrly Min-$15.03
Training(Piece): Low - $0.03; High-$4.25; Hrly Min-$15.03.
$.02-$9.00 per cherry tree depending on size of tree: $.02-$.25 high density,
500 plus trees/acre 0-2 years old.
$.10-$.25 high density, 500 plus trees/acre 2-10 years old.
$1.50 - $3.50 med density, 300-450
trees/acre 8-20 years old.
$3.50 - $9.00 med low density, multiple leaders 99-250 trees/acre 12 - 100 yrs old.
Pear D' Angjou Harvesting -all density - $25.04 per bin (47"x47"x24½")
No worker will be paid less than the AEWR of $15.83 per hour
The general payroll period is weekly. Workers will be paid individually by check.
The employer will furnish, without charge, all tools, supplies and personal protective equipment required in the performance of the specified work.
Employer provides 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 ¾ or 75% of the workdays of the work contract beginning with the first day of work.
Full employment description of employer benefits is available from the employer.
Employer will accept referrals until _6/28/2020_
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