Worker must possess the physical strength and endurance (ability to continue or last) to repeat the harvest process though out the workday, working quickly and skillfully to perform activities assigned during that activity. Workers must work at a sustained (continuing for an extended period of time without interruption), vigorous pace (quick and steady) and make bona fide efforts (made in earnest intent) to work efficiently (performing or functions in the best possible manner with the least waste of time and effort) and consistently (same way for a long time) that are reasonable under the climatic and other working conditions, Workers may not leave trash, or other discarded items in work areas or vehicles but must dispose of such items in provided receptacles. Workers must wash hands with soap and water after all bathroom and meal breaks. Allergies to varieties of ragweed, goldenrod, insecticides, related agricultural chemicals, etc., may affect workers ability to perform the work described herein.
General Duties: Workers should be prepared to perform any activities as described under the O*Net code of 45-2092.01 for Nursery Workers. Work in nursery facilities or at customer location planting, cultivating, harvesting and plants.
Plants, cultivates and harvests horticultural specialties, such as perennials, annuals, groundcovers, roses, and succulents, and performs related duties in an environmentally controlled structure, applying knowledge of environmental systems: Ascertains growing schedules and deviations from established procedures from grower. Sows seeds using seed sower. Will fill plant flat using flat filler and will fill pots using potting machine. Will insert plastic containers into filler machine and maintain proper operation of filler machine. Will also ensure proper operation of soil mixer. Will apply UPC stickers as needed. Will place various forms of plant into assigned containers. Will move planted containers from production line to transport carts arranged neatly. Will transport carts full of planted containers to greenhouse or field. Will unload planted containers from transport carts and return the carts to production area. Looks at and feels leaf texture, bloom development and soil condition to determine nutrient and moisture requirements and to detect and identify germ and pest infestations. Sets fertilizer timing and metering devices that control frequency and amount of nutrients to be introduced into irrigation system. Applies herbicides, fungicides and pesticides to destroy undesirable growth and pests using spray wand connected to solution tank. Reads and interprets sensing indicators and regulates humidity, ventilation and carbon dioxide systems to control environmental conditions. Pollinates, prunes, transplants and pinches plants and culls flowers and plants to ensure development of marketable products. Harvests, packs and stores crop using techniques appropriate for individual horticultural specialty. May maintain and environmental control systems. May mix planting soil following prescribed procedure. Will also be responsible for ensuring the quality of previous line operations. Will insert corresponding tags into each container. May record information, such as chemicals used and environmental; conditions to maintain required records. May maintain and repair structures using materials such as corrugated fiberglass panels, lath, glass panes and putty and tools such as hammer, saw and putty knife. Will load and unload plant material.