This job requires a minimum of three months of agricultural field work experience handling both manual and mechanized tasks. Applicants must be able to furnish verbal or written statement establishing relevant prior work experience. Workers must be able to perform manual and mechanized tasks with accuracy and efficiency.
Work in fields. Perform manual and machine tasks associated with hay crop production, including but not limited to: fertilizing; weed spraying; mowing, moving and stacking hay.
Mow, cut, and weed fields. Perform ditching, shoveling, hoeing, hauling, ground preparation, and other manual tasks. Trim trees. 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, mowers, sprayers, power shears, chain saws, and weed trimmers. 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. Assist with farm building/field maintenance and repairs. Build/repair fences.
Perform a variety of semi-skilled tasks associated with horse sales/training/breeding farm activities. Tasks include but are not limited to: identify and catching horses in fields, affixing halters and lead ropes, leading into barn and putting into stall; and assisting farrier in holding horses. Clean stalls by removing soiled bedding and manure. Replace with fresh bedding. Strip stalls and disinfect floors, walls and surrounding areas for broodmares. Sweep barn aisles, stall areas, ceilings to remove dirt, hay, cobwebs and other detritus. Maintain/clean and fill water troughs and buckets. Must demonstrate common sense and awareness of safe equine handling procedures, i.e., no running in barns, shouting, abusing horses, leaving gates/stall doors/feed rooms open or smoking in and around barns, sheds and hay storage.
Work is done in the field for long periods of time. Workers may assist in handling product weighing up to 80 pounds and lifting to a height of 4 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 50 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, honey bees, insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, or related chemicals may affect a workers ability to perform the job.
Workers should be able to do the work required with or without reasonable accommodations.
Workers must obey all safety rules and basic instructions and be able to recognize, understand and comply with safety, pesticide warning/re-entry and other essential postings.
Persons seeking employment in this position must be available for the entire period requested by the employer.
Applicants must be able to furnish verbal or written statement establishing relevant prior work experience. Prior work with horses is not necessary if applicant can be taught the basic skills to perform job tasks. All workers will be subject to a trial period of up to five days during which the employer will evaluate workers' performance of required tasks.