Workers will perform assigned duties as instructed by their supervisor. Duties may vary from time to time.
Packinghouse Operators: Hand-jack operators will move fruit to the packing line, move completed pallets away from the packing line, wrap completed pallets, and move pallets to the cooler. Dump crates of fruit onto a conveyor belt, stack the empty crates on a pallet, and tapes them up. Empty lugs of fruit rejected by color sorter/soft sorter into the giant bin. Remove green/damaged berries on the packing line. Place empty clamshells in fill by weight machine, then place completed clamshells into the crate. Stack completed crates/boxes onto a pallet. Operate Forklift. Clean packing line at the end of each day: Sweep floors, clean conveyor belts, and machinery, clean drains. Washing crates using crate washer machine. The packing house packs 100% of its own fruit. The packing house is located on the work-site property, see attached aerial view.
Blueberry Hand Picker: The worker will pick blueberries by hand filling crates completely so dividers do not show. Carrying filled crates to the truck, then take an empty one back out to the field.
Ticketer: The worker will hand out tickets to hand pickers when they bring a full crate to the truck. Checking to make sure the crate is completely filled and dividers are covered. Scanning each employees badge and ticket before giving the ticket to the employee. Stacking each completed crate on the box truck. Driving farm trucks to haul tools/materials, plants, shovels, rakes, etc. to the fields and fruit from the fields to the packinghouse. Driving farm trucks to haul tools/materials (plants, shovels, rakes, etc.) to the fields.
Picking Machine Operator: (Night Shift beginning at 7:00 pm weather permitting) The workers will drive the picking machines, ride on the back of the picking machine, remove full crates from the machine, and stacking them on the trailer. Replacing full crates on the machine with an empty crate. Crate stackers will take full crates from the trailer, and stack them on a truck.
Weeding: Raking, shoveling, hand pulling weeds. Weeds are left in the feild, not put in containers. Spraying of weeds using a backpack sprayer. Walking up and down each row spraying weeds. Walking to spray truck to have backpack refilled when empty. Driving tractor while towing a broadcast spray tank to spray weeds. Drivers tractor up and down each row. (This tractor driver will be responsible for mixing weed spray and refilling the tank when empty)
Workers should be able to work on their feet in a bent position for long periods of time. This work can require standing, walking, stooping, bending, and lifting up to seventy-five (75) pounds for long periods of times outdoors in all weather conditions. Allergies to ragweed, goldenrod, insect spray, related chemicals, etc. may affect workers' ability to perform the job. Workers should be physically able to do the work required with or without reasonable accommodations. Workers are exposed to wet weather early in the morning and heat throughout the day while working in the fields. Temperatures may range from 10 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Workers may be required to work during occasional showers not severe enough to stop field operations.
General Farm Labor: Workers on physical work restrictions or when harvesting work is not available may be required to perform miscellaneous clean-up work on farm property, on structures utilized in the operation, and on housing for harvesting workers. Such clean-up activities include weeding, irrigation repair, debris removal, housing and structure cleaning and repair; and general clean-up as required. Workers will be paid the highest of the adverse effect wage rate, the prevailing wage rate, or the applicable minimum wage rate for time spent performing such clean-up work.