Charles Breslawski Farms Farmworker: Diversified in Hamlin, New York
1 fulltime seasonal H-2A job available 4/3/23 - 11/03/23.
Crops: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat and Apples.
Workers will harvest Apples. Workers will perform field maintenance such as picking stones, pulling weeds and cleaning fence lines, splitting, and stacking wood. Workers may operate equipment.
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. Workers are required to stay on their assigned row unless directed by a supervisor to change, or to help someone sporadically. Picking units will be kept free of limbs, leaves or mushy fruit. Workers will be required to pick up and return picking ladders to the ladder wagon provided by the grower at the end of each workday or as directed by the grower or designated supervisor.
Summer 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. Workers will be required to pick up and return pruning ladders to the ladder wagon provided by the grower at the end of each day or as directed by the grower or designated supervisor.
Orchard Maintenance: May be required to hoe trees, girdle, spread fertilizer, pick up rocks, roots and limbs, strip suckers or unwanted growth trees, dig root suckers, remove vines, and strap and tie fruit trees. Install poles, trellis and fencing in the orchard.
Packing operation: will perform various activities associated with packing produce harvested in the orchards. May be required to grade, fill, level, make boxes and stack produce. May repair pallet and bin repair and after hours clean up.
- Workers must have three months verifiable experience hand harvesting a perishable crop.
- Must be able to lift 75 pounds.
- Random, post hire drug test at employer expense.
- Exposure to extreme temperatures
- Repetitive movements/extensive pushing, pulling and walking/frequent stooping.
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.