Plant, cultivate, and harvest fruits and vegetables, such as cherries, walnuts,
peaches, almonds, apples, tomatoes, squash, and rice. Plant roots, seeds, and
bulbs. Spread plastic or other ground covering. Clean plastic by hand from the
ground upon removal. Till soil. Weed and thin plants with long-handled hoe.
Transplant plants by hand. Stake/tie plants, trellis/prune plants, and set poles and
wires for vine plants. Pick, cut, lift, or pull crops. Tie vegetables in bunches. Grade,
size, and field pack product. Take care to prevent damaging produce and plants.
Work in fields. Spread and remove ground covers. Place and monitor bug traps.
Plant seedlings or 'liners' by hand or with a mechanical planter. Clear cull stock,
brush, and debris. Dig holes and shovel soil. Hand thin to control the size and
quality of fruit. Remove fruit blossom, bud, and/or identifiable fruit from within a
cluster of other fruits. Must accurately identify and remove misshapen, damaged,
or otherwise unmarketable fruit. Hand pruning based on fruit variety. Use manual
and mechanized pruning tools and equipment. Identify and remove stubs or broken
branches, downward-growing branches, branches rubbing against each other,
shaded interior branches, deadwood, and shoots-suckers. Spot and/or strip pick fruit
based on seasonal need. Snap fruit off tree with thumb and palm of the hand to
avoid stem pulls, punctures, bruising, or other damage. Pick culls and peelers. Fill
fruit buckets and place the fruit in bins. Follow supervisor/foreman's instructions
on color/size requirements. Must be able to differentiate between colors, sizes and
fruit varieties accurately. Handpick cherry fruit leaving stems attached. Place
harvested fruit at bottom of the basket/bucket. Avoid stem pulls, punctures,
bruising, or other damage. Identify defects (bird pecks, limb rubs, splits, sunburn)
and other damage. Follow supervisor/foreman's instructions on fruit quality.
Install/maintain irrigation systems and water lines. Move and install irrigation pipes
and equipment. Dig and maintain ditches. Install and remove levee gates. Mow,
cut, and weed fields. Perform ditching, shoveling, hoeing, hauling, ground
preparation, and other manual tasks. Use hand tools including but not limited to
hoes, shovels, shears, clippers, loppers, knives and saws. Lift, carry, and
load/unload products or supplies. Use power equipment, including but not limited
to: hullers, tractors, planters, plows, sprayers, cultivators, power shears, chain
saws, high lifts, forklifts, skid loaders. 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 the field and clean/maintain farm
buildings, structures, equipment, and work areas. Assist with farm building/field
maintenance and repairs. Build/repair fences. Workers may assist in handling
product weighing up to 60 pounds and lifting to a height of 5 feet. 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 20 to over 100 degrees
F. Responsible for general operation of farm machinery under the supervision of
the Supervisor/Foreperson. Reports break downs and understands and abides by
safety procedures and performance standards. Employee must conduct daily
maintenance check prior to operating tractor/machine. Requires basic knowledge
of driving a tractor, must pass a tractor safety training and demonstrate ability to
operate tractor in a safe manner. Workers will occasionally fill harvest and farm
with fuel. All work will be performed on the farm.