KAST FARMS INC. Agricultural Equipment operator in Albion, New York
4 Fulltime H-2A Seasonal Jobs available 03/11/2024 - 11/8/2024.
Duties: Operate trucks or other multi purpose vehicles to transport workers from housing whether on or off farm to the farm properties; haul tools, supplies, or crops; transport workers from place to place around the farm properties during the workday including on public roads to reach farmer's fields and/or transport workers to the grocery store, or bank on an as needed basis. Load agricultural products into trucks and drive trucks to market or storage facilities. Not all workers are requested to drive; drivers will be required to possess a valid operators license. No one will be rejected for the position that does not possess a class D license.
Workers will perform various tasks involved in planting, cultivating, pruning, thinning and harvesting apples, peaches and sweet cherries according to supervisors instructions. Most of these duties will be performed on up to an 18 foot ladder. Duties include tilling soil & applying fertilizers; transplanting, weeding, thinning, and/or pruning crops & applying pesticides; cleaning, packing, and loading harvested products. Construct trellises, repair fences & farm buildings, and participate in irrigation activities. Inform farmers or farm managers of crop progress. Identify plants, pests, & weeds to determine the selection & application of pesticides & fertilizers. Clear and maintain irrigation ditches. Record information about crops, such as pesticides use, yields or costs. Employer will expect worker to pick a minimum of 120 bu boxes of apples per day with no more than 1% (WNY) bruising.
Workers are expected to work at least the number of days and hours specified. Depending on weather, crop or other conditions, workers may be requested, but not required to work up to seven days per week and/or on the Sabbath and up to 12 hours per day. Employer will furnish to workers without cost all the tools and equipment required in the performance of the duties assigned. Workers should report for work with their own suitable clothes. Field temperatures may range from below 0 to 90+ degrees (F), with possible wet morning conditions.
Must be physically able to lift up to 70lbs on a consistent basis throughout the day. While working in the field, phone usage is limited to emergency use only. Due to health & safety concerns on our farm workers must understand basic instruction in English or Spanish.
Employer may conduct random drug tests at employers expense after hiring, for the safety of themselves and others as they will be operating machinery. Failure to comply with the request or testing positive will result in immediate termination.
Insubordination by the employee and not following rules or actions that put other employees at risk are cause for immediate termination.
- Must have a minimum of 6 months of verifiable experience in performing the tasks described
- Lifting requirement of up to 70lbs.
- Exposure to extreme temperatures
- Extensive sitting, repetitive movements, extensive pushing/pulling
- Extensive walking & frequent stooping.
- Post-hire drug screen, at employer's expense.
The full terms and conditions of the job (form ETA790a) should be reviewed and provided to qualified applicants from this website: seasonaljobs.dol.gov. For qualified applicants requiring a Spanish translation of this job order, please email DIPA@labor.ny.gov or call 1-877-466-9757. Please include the applicant name and job order number in your request.