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Jobs offered are working in orchards and hops farm, handling manual/machine tasks associated with production and harvest activities. Workers must be able to perform all work activities with accuracy and efficiency. Specific instructions and close supervision will be provided by the farm owner and/or supervisor designated by the employer. Workers will be expected to perform their duties in a timely and proficient manner and will have close supervision to insure adherence to instructions. Work will be closely monitored and reviewed for quality. Workers must be able to keep pace with the balance of the crew.
Workers will be required to attend an orientation on workplace rules, policies and safety information prior to beginning work on or after the date of need.
Employees will begin work at locations indicated by supervisor. Worker will perform any combination of the following duties concerned with the general care of agriculture including cultivating, thinning, training, tying, harvesting and otherwise participating in horticultural activities under close supervision. Worker will hand harvest and pick crops consisting of harvesting apples and pears in fields.
Apples and Pears:
Worker will attach harness, bucket or bag and pick low hanging fruit while standing on the ground and higher branches while standing on a ladder. Worker will pick according to grade, color and size by grasping fruit with the hands and removing from the tree in a motion so as not to harm adjacent buds on the tree branches or bruise the fruit. Worker will carry harness, bucket or bag of up to 60 lbs. and will place fruit into wooden bins and plastic totes. Care must always be exercised to prevent bruising of fruit or breaking of branches. Worker will examine harvested fruit in bins and sort out any fruit not meeting the grade, color and size specifications.
Work crews will rotate between the following three positions during the workday:
When working on the portable combine crew, the Top Back Cleaner will use the top cutter to ensure that the hop wire is cleaned of all hops. Assists the driver by pulling the wire to make sure it is in a straight line so the combine stays on a straight course. Observes and alerts the combine driver of operating conditions and confirms to the driver when vines are hooked up. Monitor that the combine operator and those working alongside the combine maintain uniform pace. If the top cutter becomes clogged, worker will clean it and keep it in working condition. Worker may assist combine driver in the maintenance of the combine.
When working alongside the combine, worker will observe the choppers and pick up vines if they fall to the ground. If a vine is missed, worker will pull it down and throw it on the belt. The truck loader will be in charge of loading the truck with the hops as it comes from the combine.
Other Job Specifications Include:
Worker may care for young non-producing fruit trees including weeding and hoeing.
Summer pruning may be done from the ground or ladder up to 12 feet in height or from a motorized platform. Worker will prune away excess branches and/or suckers without causing damage for the tree or existing fruit
Placing reflective material at the base of fruit trees prior to/during harvest.
Harvest preparation including spreading liners in bins, rolling bins into blocks by hand.
Hand harvesters may be instructed to pick culls and peelers (as directed and identified by supervisor) and drop on ground or place in bin.
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 Agricultural Activity
Apple Harvest: Golden, all cultivations
Apple Harvest: Golden, all cultivations - $26.00 per bin (46" x 43" x 25.5")
Apple Harvest: Fuji, all cultivations
Apple Harvest: Fuji, all cultivations - $28.00 per bin (47" x 47" x 24.5")
Apple Harvest: Gala, all cultivations
Apple Harvest: Gala, all cultivations - $27.56 per bin (47" x 47" x 24.5")
Apple Harvest: Granny Smith, all cultivations
Apple Harvest: Granny Smith, all cultivations - $26.00 per bin (47" x 47" x24.5")
Apple Harvest: Honey Crisp, all cultivations
Apple Harvest: Honey Crisp, all cultivations - $29.36 per bin (47" x 47" x
Apple Harvest: Red
Delicious, all cultivations
Apple Harvest: Red Delicious, all cultivations - $20.00 per bin (47" x 47" x
Apple Harvest: Jazz, all cultivations
Apple Harvest: Jazz, all cultivations - AEWR ($15.83)
Apple Harvest: Envy, all cultivations
Apple Harvest: Envy, all cultivations - AEWR ($15.83)
Pear Harvest: Bosc, all cultivations
Pear Harvest: Bosc, all cultivations - $26.00 per bin (47" x 47" x 24.5")
Pear Harvest: Bartlett, all cultivations
Pear Harvest: Bartlett, all cultivations - $25.00 per bin (47" x 47" x 24.5")
Hop Harvest (non-organic): AEWR ($15.83)
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 10/31/2020
Work hours will be 6 hrs. a day Monday through Friday and 5hrs on Saturday.
Employer will accept referrals until 09/23/2020
How to Apply/Request a Referral:
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Posting ID: 559739307Posted: 2020-07-09