Giroux Orchards, LLC Farmworkers and Laborers in Chazy, New York
25 Fulltime H-2A Seasonal Jobs available 09/08/2020 - 12/15/2020
All applicants must be able, willing, and qualified to perform the work described in the job order and must be available for the entire period of employment specified in box 3 &4, page 1. Work will include but is not limited to, picking apples for fresh market and/or processing and packing apples. Workers will sort the apples according to size, color, and grade before packing. Packers will follow employer instructions for carton assembly and packing methods. Workers will: place apples in containers for storage or shipment; weigh, stamp grade, brand, and date of packing on container; and pack apples according to the quality and method of the employer. Productivity during picking must be at least 60 1-1/8 bushel boxes per 7 hours of fresh market fruit and 80 1-1/8 bushel boxes per 7 hours of processing fruit.
Workers must be willing to work in varied cold weather as low as 15 degrees and work on snow-covered ground up to one foot deep. All workers must be able to lift and carry up to 80 pounds and be available to work up to six days a week. Allergies to ragweed, goldenrod, insect spray, and related chemicals may affect workers ability to perform the job. Workers must be physically able to pick tree fruit, most of which is done from ladders with lower branches being picked from the ground. Picked fruit is placed in a metal-framed, canvas-covered picking bucket with canvas straps that slip over the head and rests on the shoulders. Filled buckets weighing up to 40 pounds are emptied into bulk bins with a capacity equal to 19 1-1/8 bushel boxes. Worker will perform general orchard labor including but not limited to: pruning apple trees, setting and removing hail netting, removing suckers, and cutting away sunlight blocking, unfruitful branches, and runners from trees.
Workers will be required to climb in and around trees or work from ladders to do pruning and suckering work. Workers will use appropriate tools, such as running hooks, saws, and shears. Workers will also do grubbing using hoes and will repair bins. In addition, workers will be asked to drive tractors or forklifts for spraying and mowing, as well as picking up brush and stones on the orchard floor.
Workers referred as a result of this order must have a minimum of three months experience in performing the tasks desired. Employer will provide 3 days of training and/or allow 3 days of work for worker to reach production standard if applicable. Beginning and ending times will vary depending on the conditions in the orchard. Workers will be given 30 minutes for lunch. Workers must be able to speak and take directions in simple English due to Federal food safety regulations.
* Workers referred as a result of this order must have a minimum of three months verifiable experience.
* Employer will train
* Extensive sitting, extensive pushing/pulling, extensive walking and frequent stooping.
* Repetitive movements
* Lifting requirement of 80 lbs.
* Exposure to extreme temperatures.
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