Fruit will be picked based on seasonal need by spot and/or strip picking the fruit. Picking fruit by snapping fruit off try by using thumb and palm of hand to avoid stem pulls, punctures, bruising, or other damage. Workers will pick culls and peelers. Full buckets are to be carefully emptied into bins. Care must be exercised at all times to prevent bruising or breaking of trees or fruit.
Pruning: Workers will prune by hand and also with manual and mechanized pruning equipment depending on the fruit variety. Other duties of puring will include but not limited to: Removing stubs/broken branches, downward growing branches, branches that rub together, shaded interior branches, dead wood, and shoot suckers.
Workers must be able to follow supervisor or foreman instruction on color and size requirement for produce. Worker must be able to know the difference between varieties and colors correctly. Traning by supervisors at the start of the season will explain and demonstrate picking requirements to all workers and as needed after to meet standards. Supervisors will not damaged/bruised fruit in post inspection report. Supervisors may issue written disciplinary action if a siginificant amount of culls, bruised, or damaged fruit to a worker. Failure to follow proper quality instructions repeatedly may result in disciplinary action up to being terminated.
General farm maintenance and other duties as required in the farming operation maintenance. Includes, but not limited to, preparing barns, draining fields, preparing land for planting, maintenance of tools & equipment, and other work as directly related to the crop activities for which the worker is hired. Also includes fixing, clearing, and painting of fences / barns. Such work will be offered when climate or crop conditions preclude working in the primary activities listed above.
A normal work week is Monday through Friday from 08:00 a.m. to 04:00 p.m and Saturday 07:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. If work is available beyond normal workdays, employer may offer, but not require, worker an opportunity to work additional hours. Workers will report to work at designated time and place as directed by assigned employer each day. However, workers may be requested to ten (10) hours per day depending on the conditions in the fields and the maturity of the crops. Also, workers may be requested to work on federal holidays and their Sabbath, but will not be required to do so. Workers may volunteer to work additional hours when work is available.
Down time: Workers should expect occasional periods of little or no work because of weather, crop or other conditions beyond the employers control. These periods can occur any time throughout the season. Worker may be required to work in fields when crops are wet with dew / rain and should have suitable clothing for conditions which include light rain and temperatures ranging from 10 degrees to more than 100 degrees. Workers should be able to stand, bend, stoop and work for prolonged periods of time and be physically fit to perform duties as assigned. Workers will be trained for period of two (2) days (14 hours) after which workers will be expected to perform job required. Workers will be required to be able to lift up to 50 pounds and lifting up to 5 feet. Workers will use/handle ladders that are up to 15 feet long and could weigh up to 60 pounds or perform work on motorized platforms. Care must be exercised at all times to prevent bruising or breaking crops. Care must also be exercised with any use of equipment