Workers will perform assigned duties as instructed by their supervisor. Duties may vary from time to time and may include all of the following job specifications:
Employee Badge: At the beginning of the employment period, each worker will be assigned an employee badge for identification and payroll purposes. The worker will be required to keep the badge throughout his/her employment period and must have the badge in possession at all times while working. The worker will present their badge to the
Supervisor at the beginning and end of each workday, and from time to time throughout the workday, for payroll purposes. The employer will provide the worker with the badge free of charge.
Lay Plastic: Workers are required to load 75 to 80 lb rolls of plastic and drip tape rolls weighing approximately 50lbs on to the machinery and ride on the back of machinery to ensure rolls are distributed evenly on beds of dirt. The worker is required to ride the fertilizer wagon and use a shovel to make sure there is no clogging of fertilizer at distribution. The worker is required to remove the casing when rolls of plastic and drip tape have emptied and repeat the process. Plastic machine riders have other tasks required to lay plastic such as: bed pressing, clean out fertilizer hoppers, painting numbers, and measuring row lengths. Workers are required to use a shovel to tuck in the ends of the plastic being laid by machinery at the ends of each row. Repairs are to be made to plastic and splices as necessary throughout the field. Units covered will be divided by number of workers on the crew times the pay rate.
Plastic Repair: Repairs are to be made to plastic and splices as necessary throughout the field.
Irrigation Installation, Removal & Maintenance: Connecting and installing irrigation (poly) lines at various points in fields for irrigation practices of crops. Removal of irrigation (poly) lines and connections at end of crop season. This task will include shovel work as needed. Maintenance includes, but not limited to, replacing jets, repairing leaks, flushing lines, and other tasks needed for maximum efficiency.
Planting: Loading and unloading of plant trays from plant delivery boxes to planting machine, unloading empty trays from planter back onto plant boxes. Riding on plant machine and placing one plant into each hole made by plant machine and gathering soil to fill in space around the plant with soil using hand. Walking also behind planting machine placing a plant in hold that was missed and also filling in the hole with soil by using hand. Removing plants at walkways. Units covered will be divided by number of workers on the crew times the pay rate.
Replanting: When needed, replanting will require employee to carry trays that weigh 1 -5lbs into the field to replace injured or dead plants in field rows.
Staking: Using both hands gathering bundles of stakes from the bed of field truck and carrying to place a stake between each plant. Each stake must remain upright. Repeat process through entire rows and fields. Once the first procedure is performed by an air hammer system being pulled by a tractor, the worker places an air hammer over the stake to drive in the stake 12" - 14" into the ground. If using manual hammers, the worker must place opening over stake and pound stake into the ground also 12" - 14". Units covered will be divided by the number of workers on the crew times the pay rate. This task will include clean up and removal of broken stakes as needed.
Pruning: Remove side shoots from the main tomato stem in the position and quantity determined by management according to the variety being pruned. The worker will use one hand to stabilize the main stem while removing the side shoots or 'suckers' with the other. Continue the process for each plant in the entire field.