Sandy Knoll Farms, Inc Farmworker and Laborer in Lyndonville, New York
25 Fulltime H-2A Seasonal Jobs available 03/04/2020 - 11/15/2020.
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.
Thinning: While thinning trees, workers will be instructed as to how close together fruit should be spaced and what fruit is most desirable to leave or take. In some instances, thinning will be done from an 8 or 16-foot ladder weighing up to 30 lbs. Thinners will thin fruit using hands and/or plastic bat to knock off excess fruit taking care to walk around the entire tree before moving to the next. Worker will be required to pick up and return 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: 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.
Packing operation: Workers will perform various activities associated with packing produce harvested in the orchards. Workers will be required to grade, fill, level, make boxes, and stack produce. Workers will perform support jobs that include bin and pallet repair and after hours clean up.
Tractor/Forklift Operation During Field Operations: Worker will operate tractors, forklift, tractor-drawn machinery, and self-propelled machinery for land preparation, maintenance and cultivation, including to plow, harrow and fertilize soil and plants, and to plant, cultivate, and spray.
* Must have three months of experience in hand harvesting of apples and working in apple orchards.
* Exposure to extreme temperatures
* Lifting requirement of 75 lbs.
* Repetitive movements, extensive pushing / pulling, extensive walking and frequent stooping.
* Post-hire drug screening, at 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 https://labor.ny.gov/careerservices/h2a_orders.shtm