Agricultural Equipment Operator: Operate tractors for cutting and baling hay. Load, unload and stack baled hay. Workers will move along rows of previously baled hay and straw, bending, stooping and lifting 60 to 75 lb. bales. Load and stack onto a truck or trailer in field. Unload and restack for storage. Feed hay to livestock. Spread manure by hand. Check and repair fencing. Perform farm, field and shed sanitation duties. Job duties include water irrigation activities, fencing, light plumbing, spraying and weed control. Operate towed machines and listen to machinery operation to detect problems. Troubleshoot, repair and perform minor maintenance on farm vehicles and equipment. Drive farm trucks and tow farm trailers to haul farm related materials, supplies, and harvested crops to designated locations as directed by employer or supervisor. Workers may cultivate by hand or with mechanical cultivator attached to farm tractor. Workers may walk along rows as specified by employer and remove weeds and grass from fields by hand or using a hoe. Workers will perform assigned duties as instructed by their supervisor. Cut grass with lawnmowers and trimmers around barns, pond, grass waterways, fields, under fences and farm roadside edges. May fertilize and spray with backpack sprayers. May operate and perform minor maintenance on farm vehicles or equipment. May drive farm truck, van, tractor, all-terrain vehicle (ATV) on the farm. May drive van over the road. Though not a hiring requirement, if a worker drives a company vehicle during the period of employment then at the time of operating the company vehicle the driver must possess a valid drivers license issued by a U.S. state or foreign equivalent and operate the company vehicle in accordance with the license restrictions and vehicle classifications applicable to that license. Prolonged walking, standing, bending, stooping, and reaching. The use or possession or being under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol during working time is prohibited. Workers may be requested to submit to random drug or alcohol tests at no cost to the worker. Failure to comply with the request or testing positive may result in immediate termination. All testing will occur post-hire and is not a part of the interview process. Negative result may be required post-hire and before commencing work. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. to shoulder height repetitively throughout the workday. Basic literacy and mathematical ability required. Requires minimum 1 month verifiable work experience operating up to 150 hp tractors with farm implements, including self-propelled forage equipment. Must commit to entire anticipated period of employment.
Workers may be required to perform work that is incidental to farming the crops listed in the application. All other duties, if any assigned, will be those duties of Farm Worker, Diversified Crops, DOT code 407.687-010 (SOC (ONET/OES) code 45-2092.02). This is a very demanding and competitive business in which quality specifications must be rigorously adhered to. Sloppy work cannot and will not be tolerated.
The worker understands that if he abandons his employment or is terminated for cause prior to the end of the anticipated period of employment, the worker will forfeit the guarantee and reimbursement of certain transportation costs. Excessive absences and/or tardiness cannot be tolerated and may result in termination.
Daily individual work assignments, crew assignments, and location of work will be made by and at the sole discretion of the employer and/or workers supervisor. Workers may be assigned a variety of duties in any given day and/or different tasks on different days. Workers will be expected to perform any of the listed duties and work on any crop as assigned by the employer and/or workers supervisor.