Manure application. This job requires a minimum of 6 months of verifiable commercial agricultural experience driving 4 wheel drive tractors or high horsepower front wheel-assist tractors. Applicants must be able to furnish verifiable job reference(s) or comparable third party documentation from recent employer(s) establishing acceptable prior experience. Workers will perform manual and machine tasks to apply manure in raw unprocessed state. Workers must be able to perform all tasks with accuracy and efficiency.
Drive trucks and operate heavy duty farm equipment to apply manure to fields via a dragline operation. Operate equipment to agitate and transfer manure in lagoons or pits. Lay hose out from farm to dragline in field in safe and efficient manner via tractors and hose reel carts. Monitor high pressure hose and pump engines while manure is transferred from farm to dragline in field. Hook tank trailers up to holding tank for application of manure from tanker to dragline when manure is trucked beyond a hoses reach. May also apply manure with a tractor and hitch drawn manure tank, apply to fields directly. Workers will drive tractors and operate designated towed machines, such as manure tanks, dragline application toolbars, hose reel carts and hose hustlers, to fertilize crops. Workers may also haul manure via tankers from farm to field.
Assist with forage and silage harvest: cut hay, rake and or merge for drying, deliver chopped feed to feed bunk via truck and/or tractor and trailer, pack feed with tractor, cover silage piles. May also bale hay and or straw, move with skid loaders or high lift loaders, and transport to storage location. Utilize excavation equipment to close lagoons and perform various other tasks from customer base.
Use power equipment including but not limited to: tractors of various horse power, mowers, plows, dragline application toolbars, excavation equipment, power shears, chain saws, high lifts, skid loaders, UTV. Must operate agricultural equipment safely, with or without direction. All machinery and equipment to be cleaned after use.
Service farm machinery, pump engines, trucks and trailers. Make in-field repairs. Service/repairs includes but is not limited to: fueling, changing filters, inspecting for wear and or failure, lubricating grease points; inspecting and maintaining fluid levels, tire air pressures, belt and conveyer chain tensions, radiator and filter function, and brake performance; removing and replacing tires, wheels, bearings, belts, wear parts, filters, brake shoes, wheel seals, suspension parts, lights and lenses and chain or chain links. Welding and metal fabrication to repair equipment or create equipment also applicable.
Workers with appropriate licenses may be asked to move farm equipment and drive trucks between worksites. Lift, carry, and load/unload products or supplies. Assist with farm building/field maintenance and repairs. All workers will be responsible for picking up trash, cleaning equipment, mowing grass, delivering and receiving goods and supplies, sweeping floors and other farm sanitation duties. Powerwash manure application equipment for biosecurity between work sites and after worksite job completion.
Restrooms available at the farm, owners shop or house, or workers may take work truck into town.
Work is done in the field for long periods of time. Workers may assist in handling product weighing up to 50 pounds and lifting to a height of 5 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 20 to over 95 degrees F. Workers may be required to work during occasional showers not severe enough to stop field operations.