Burnap Fruit Farm, LLC Farmworker in Sodus, New York
9 Fulltime H-2A Seasonal Jobs available 03/06/2022 - 12/06/2022
Crops/Commodities: apples, peaches, cherries, strawberries, raspberries, grapes. Pick apples and peaches from trees for fresh market and/or processing. Productivity must be at least 60 boxes per day of fresh market fruit and 80 boxes per day of processing fruit. Workers must be physically able to pick tree fruit, most of which is done from ladders, with lower branches being picked from ground. Picked fruit is placed in a metal-framed canvas covered picking bucket with canvas straps that slip over the head and rest on the shoulders. Filled bucket, weighing up to 40 lbs., is emptied into bulk bins. When necessary, workers are required to handle and pick from ladders up to 24 ft. in length and weighing 35 to 50 pounds. Worker places ladder firmly against or within tree in a secure position so as not to break limbs or knock off fruit and to prevent slipping or falling. All fruit must be handled with care to avoid bruising. Each tree will be picked according to instructions given each day by the orchard foreman. Primary duty will be to harvest fruit; however other duties will be offered including hand thinning apples, picking roots, rocks and other debris, mulching, pruning, cutting shoots and suckers, raking cuttings and debris, inserting/ removing tree spreaders, pulling or cutting thorny plants, weeds and vines from around trees (some weeds may be noxious), hand placement of rodent baits around trees, operation and maintenance of tractors and other equipment, cleaning and clearing fence rows and farm building. Employer expects workers to work with or without supervision at such tasks.
Must be able to safely maneuver ladders up to 24 feet in length on steep and uneven terrain. Must be experienced in distinguishing between apple varieties and be able to spot pick trees for acceptable color. Field supervision monitors workers to ensure fruit is not bruised in picking. Workers must be willing to pick up dropped fruit from the ground as needed and directed. Must be able to sort out fruit with defects.
Plant and cultivate grape vines, and harvest grapes. Manage vineyard canopy to permit light and air circulation. Install and maintain bird netting. Thin fruit and remove shoots, leaves and vines. Perform vineyard maintenance activities, including but not limited to, mowing, weed control, and trellis installation, maintenance, and repair. Perform tasks under supervision in vineyard operation. Tie vines to trellises. The primary reason for pruning is to improve fruit quality and thus increase crop marketability and value. Dormant pruning is critical to grape production. Must possess the requisite skills and knowledge of what, when, where and how much to prune on a grape vine. Identify and remove the proper canes and vines while retaining the fruiting wood and renewal spurs.
- Min.of 3 months verifiable experience working in an orchard, handling both manual and machine tasks.
- Exposure to extreme temperatures.
- Lifting requirement of 60 lbs.
- Saturday work required
- Repetitive movements, extensive walking, pushing/pulling and 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.