This job requires a minimum 3 months of prior experience working in apple, peach or cherry orchards, handling both manual and machine tasks associated with commodity production and harvest activities. Workers must be able to perform manual as well as mechanized activities with accuracy and efficiency. Workers should be able to work on their feet in bent positions for long periods of time, work requires repetitive movements and extensive walking, and temperatures can range from 10 degrees f to 100 degrees f. To provide a safe and healthy crop, workers will be trained in USDA Gap certification standards and must abide by those standards.
Persons seeking employment as a experienced Orchard Worker must be available for the entire period requested by the employer. Successful applicants will be subject to a trial period of up to 5 days during which their performance of required tasks will be evaluated. If the performance during the trial period in not acceptable to the employer the worker's employment will be terminated
Pruning of trees using hand pruners, Workers must be able to handle ladders which are 12 foot in length and weigh 40 lbs. Climbing up and down, pruning of trees using pneumatics consisting of an 8 foot pole while dragging an airline. Stacking tree limbs, planting trees, shoveling soil, applying fertilizer, picking up rocks, pulling weeds, irrigation, thinning fruit from a ladder, Harvesting Sweet and tart Cherries, Peaches, Apples and Grapes, picking fruit per instructions of supervisor, carrying a picking bucket while full of fruit for up to a 8 hour day. Driving harvesting equipment, must be able to work in hot, dry, dusty, noisy, cold, wet, snowy conditions, must be able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs., be able to follow instructions of job requirements, have ability to problem solve. Workers will be required to keep all property and housing clean