annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetable plants.
This job requires a minimum of 3 months of verifiable prior experience working in a nursery or in agricultural field work handling both manual and machine tasks associated with commodity production and harvest activities. Knowledge of fertilization and watering of plants is necessary.
Plants, cultivates and maintains in condition for shipping and sale to customers nursery plants, including annuals, perennials, herbs and vegetable plants. Pots seedlings, prunes, transplants, spaces, performs hand watering and drip-irrigation and culls plants to ensure availability of marketable products. Packs, labels, pulls and stores plants according to variety. Weeds, mows, loads/unloads truck and wagons. Performs any other duties involved in the maintenance of plant materials and nursery stock and maintenance of holding yards and shipping areas.
Work is to be done in the field or greenhouse for long periods of time. Workers will lift potting soil weighing up to and including 45 pounds to a height of 4 feet. Workers should be able to work on their feet in bent positions for long periods of time. Work requires repetitive movements and extensive walking. Allergies to ragweed, goldenrod, honey bees, insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, or related chemicals may affect a workers ability to perform the job. 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 may range from 10 to 100 F. Workers will be required to work during occasional showers not severe enough to stop operations. Workers should be physically able to do the work required with or without reasonable accommodations. Saturday work required. Must be able to lift/carry 45 lbs.
Work will also include using a potting machine. Workers will be trained to use the potting machine and will be expected to be able to operate the potting machine with or without direction.
Employer assures that workers will be provided, at no cost, transportation from living quarters to work site every day (for workers who must be provided housing under the applicable regulations). Workers with appropriate licenses and a valid doctor's certificate may be asked to drive other workers.
Persons seeking employment as experienced nursery worker must be available for the entire period requested by the employer. Applicants must be able to furnish verifiable job reference(s) or comparable third party documentation from recent employer(s) establishing acceptable prior experience. All workers will be subject to a trial period of up to five days during which the employer will evaluate workers' performance of required tasks. Employer reserves the right to terminate a worker if the employer reasonably finds worker's performance during the trial period to be unacceptable.
Raises and/or bonuses may be offered to any seasonal worker employed pursuant to this job order, at the company's sole discretion, based on individual factors including work performance, skill, and tenure.
Employer reserves the right to discharge an obviously unqualified worker, malingerer or recalcitrant worker who is physically able but is unwilling to perform the work necessary for the employer to grow a premium quality product, or for any other lawful reason. The employer may discipline the worker, including brief suspension of work activities/employment for a set period determined by the supervisor or termination of employment as described in the Work Rules.
All terms and conditions included in the job order will apply equally to all workers, both U.S. workers and H-2A workers, employed in the occupation described in this clearance order.
Employer may request, but not require, workers to work more than the stated daily hours and/or on a workers Sabbath or federal holidays. Workers will have an unpaid lunch break.