Dale S. Root Farms, LLC Farmworkers and Laborers in Albion, New York
3 Fulltime Seasonal H2A jobs available 05/15/2020 - 11/07/2020.
Apples: Workers will perform various tasks involved in planting, cultivation (including pruning and thinning) and harvesting fruit according to supervisors instructions. Workers will till soil, plant stock, and do pruning activities using a variety of tools. Workers will aid in irrigation duties. Will aid in minor repair of wooden fruit containers. Workers will harvest fruit according to color, size, and degree of maturity as specified by supervisor and place into bushel baskets taking the extra time, care and effort not to bruise or scar the fruit.
The following description of job activities applies to apples.
Harvest: Workers will be assigned a row usually with a partner and is responsible for picking all the proper fruit from that row, or half row. Fruit is selected from the tree according to size and/or color standard set by the picking supervisor. In some instances, fruit harvest will be done from an 8 or 16-foot ladder weighing up to 30 lbs. All workers must be able to lift and carry ladder, as well as work from the top of the ladder. The entire tree must be checked to ensure removal of all fruit meeting-picking requirements. Fruit is placed gently in the picking container until container is full. The full picking container weighing up to 50 lbs. is then gently emptied into a field bin, taking care not to spill or bruise the fruit in the container or in the field bin. Field bin volume may be checked and determined by weight on state certified scales.
Pruning: While pruning trees, workers will receive the proper tools for the particular job, i.e., saw, pruners and hand snips. The tools will be returned to the employer at the end of the task. The supervisor will set a standard or pattern for each orchard and will demonstrate and communicate this to workers. Workers will be assigned a row of trees and must prune each tree according to the predetermined standard. In some instances, pruning will be done from an 8 or 16-foot ladder weighing up to 30 lbs. All workers must be able to lift and carry ladder, as well as work from the top of the ladder. Workers must remove all resulting materials from the trees rendered from performing pruning tasks. When pruning is complete on each tree, each worker is required to rake and scatter the resulting brush in the center of the tractor/equipment middles.
Orchard Maintenance: Workers involved in orchard maintenance will be required to hoe trees, girdle, spread fertilizer, pick up roots and limbs, strip suckers or unwanted growth trees, dig root suckers, remove vines, lay irrigation pipe, repair and maintain irrigation system, and strap and tie fruit trees. Employer will provide all equipment. Instructions will be given for each task and standards of performance communicated to workers. The specific standards for a job will be disclosed and demonstrated by the supervisor before the worker begins.
* Must have 3 months of experience harvesting a perishable crop on a commercial farm.
* Exposure to extreme temperatures
* Lifting requirement of 75 lbs.
* Repetitive movements, extensive pushing and pulling, extensive walking, and frequent stooping.
* Drug screening, post hire at the employer's expense.
Entire job duty description (ETA 790 and Spanish translation) should be reviewed and provided to qualified applicants from the NYSDOL website at http://labor.ny.gov/careerservices/h2a_orders.shtm.