nursery stock, field grown trees, shrubs and ornamental plants.
This job requires a minimum of three months of verifiable prior experience working in a tree and shrub nursery with extensive ball and burlap (B&B) field harvesting, and/or container nursery experience. Workers must be able to perform all duties of entry level workers as well as perform additional mechanized activities with accuracy and efficiency.
Manual tasks related to the growing of nursery stock will include some combination of the following: preparing fields for planting by clearing cull stock, brush and debris; planting seedlings or liners by hand (including riding and inserting liners in a mechanical planter); hand digging, loading, unloading or transplanting bare-root nursery stock; straightening, tying, propagating, pruning and shearing trees and shrubs; cutting, pulling or removing and mowing weeds or grass; moving irrigation equipment; spraying herbicides and insecticides and applying fertilizer. While fertilizing workers will be expected to pick up and carry 35 pounds of fertilizer and distribute it with a 4-ounce cup. Accurate visual calibration and proper placement of fertilizer is required.
Most field work is performed in crews of from 3 to 6 workers who will be required to maintain the pace of the average crew member. Crew work may consist of hand hoeing around nursery stock. Weeds are to be removed by the root and not at ground level.
Tasks related to harvest of nursery stock will include the following: taking inventory and grading plants, preparing trees and shrubs for digging by tying or wrapping as necessary; digging; wrapping burlap or other covering around root balls and securing with twine and/or staples; crimping wire baskets; lifting, carrying and loading nursery stock; and unloading, moving or loading supplies, including wire baskets.
Plants must be handled carefully to ensure that minimal leaves, limbs and roots are not broken during digging, handling, wrapping and/or transplanting processes.
Mechanized tree spade helpers will work as part of a crew comprised of one operator and 2 or more helpers. The helper will remove the tree from the tree spade, tighten the burlap in an acceptable manner, crimp wire basket around the root ball, lace top of ball with sisal twine and crimp basket to tighten twine. The employer expects tree spade crews to harvest between 18 and 40 trees per hour depending on size and variety.
Work will also include heavy mechanized field work using power equipment. By way of example and not limitation power equipment may include power shears, chain saws, high lift and fork lift, and tractors.
Workers with appropriate licenses may operate general purpose vehicles to transport workers, equipment and product from one field location or facility to another. Workers may be required to do any other manual tasks involved in the production and maintenance of tree nurseries, fields and other production areas.
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 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. Workers should be physically able to do the work required with or without reasonable accommodations.
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).
Persons seeking employment as experienced Nursery Worker must be available for the entire period requested by the employer.