Workers will perform various activities associated with the growing and harvesting of grass/ sod at a commercial turf grass farm. Work hours are determined by crop and weather conditions. The work day may begin/end earlier or later on any given day and evening, night hours may be required. Workers may be requested to work additional hours, weekends, holidays, and the Sabbath depending on crop conditions and need. Theses activities will be performed exclusively in an outdoor environment. Workers will aid in soil preparation, will be sodding large areas, sow grass seed, plant plugs of sod grass, cuts, rolls and stacks sod in accordance with supervisor's instructions. It will be necessary to weed, hoe and propagate. Water, fertilize, spray, monitor, trim, weed, cut, roll & unroll, stack, load, transport, and discard sod. Operate mowing equipment or drive a tractor pulling a wagon through the field or between fields. Bagging of certified grass seed, and perform any other activities associated with growing grass for production on a sod nursery. Workers will operate trucks, forklifts, and tractors in order to complete various tasks. With the tractors they will drag, disk, till soils, and operate sod specific equipment in the fields. Workers will work with sod planting/ seeding equipment, construct and repair pallets for sod, and load and unload empty pallets by hand or with forklift. Prior to seeding fields, and throughout the cultivation and production of sod they will clean fields of rocks, roots, limbs, stumps and trees, along with excessive leaves on edges. Miscellaneous cleaning and debris removal from fields and farm.
Workers will be required to use both center pivot and traveling gun irrigation systems, diesel and electric irrigation pumps. They will also set up and run traveling irrigation guns in fields, and run irrigation lines using aluminum irrigation pipes to go long distances. Bagging of sand with shovels will be required and cleaning of debris from water ways and suction lines will be necessary. Fueling of irrigation equipment along with light maintenance.
Workers will be responsible for performing general maintenance around the farm. This will include but not limited to mowing, trimming, removing weeds, clearing and maintaining fence lines, and maintaining buildings / yard in good repair.
Workers may be required to operate tractors, bobcats, mowers, field vacs, drags, tillers, rollers. Before any worker is requested to operate any farm equipment, workers will be instructed in the safe operation of the equipment.
Licensed workers may be requested to use/ drive trucks in and around the farm in supportive rolls to other farming operations, and make deliveries of sod to sites.