Nursery stock, including seeds, trees, grasses, dormant bioengineering material, wetland plants.
This job requires a minimum of three months of verifiable prior experience working in a tree, dormant bioengineering material or wetland plant nursery, handling both manual and machine tasks associated with commodity production and harvest activities. Workers must be able to perform all duties of entry level workers as well as perform additional mechanized activities with accuracy and efficiency.
Workers will perform work including but not limited to planting, digging, mulching, transplanting, mowing, watering in nurseries and fields. Fertilize, spray, space, water, tag and perform other plant maintenance. Load finished plants onto wagons and trucks. Plant, dig and harvest field grown plants, perform general maintenance of field grown plants. Crops include over 200 species of native plants, dormant bioengineering materials, and wetland plants. Plants must be handled carefully to ensure that minimal leaves, limbs and roots are not broken during transplanting process.
Plants, cultivates and maintains in condition for shipping and sale to customers small shrubs, trees, dormant bioengineering material and wetland plants. Prunes, transplants, spaces, irrigates and culls plants to ensure availability of marketable products. Packs, labels, pulls and stores plants according to variety. Weeds, mows, loads/unloads trucks and wagons. May operate tractors and other mechanical equipment under supervision. Performs any other duties involved in the maintenance of plant materials and nursery stock and maintenance of holding yards and shipping areas.
In addition, workers may be required to perform variable tasks such as the following: irrigation, ditching, shoveling, hoeing, hauling, ground preparation, weeding and other tasks related to a nursery operation.
Work is to be done for long periods of time. Workers are expected to perform duties including boxing, weighing and loading of product. Workers may assist in loading trucks with product weighing up to 60 pounds and lifting to a height of 5 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, 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 through the heat of the day, working in fields. Temperatures may range from 10 to 100 F. Workers may be required to work during occasional showers not severe enough to stop field operations.
Work may also include mechanized field work using power equipment. By way of example and not limitation power equipment may include tractors, planters, sprayers, cultivators and other equipment. Workers will be expected to be able to operate agricultural equipment with or without direction.
Employer assures that workers will be provided transportation from living quarters to work site every day (for workers who must be provided housing under the applicable regulations).
The employer may discipline the worker, including brief suspension of work activities (time out) for a period determined by the supervisor, suspension from employment for a set period of days or termination of employment as described in the Work Rules.
Workers may not report for work while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Except for moderate alcohol consumption in company housing during non-working hours, the possession or use of illegal drugs or alcohol on Company property is prohibited and will be cause for termination.