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Jay R. DeBadts & Sons Fruit Farms, LLC Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop in Sodus, New York

50 Fulltime Seasonal H-2A Jobs available 08/28/2024-11/15/2024.

Thinning: Thinning is a manual process used to control the size and quality of grown fruit. Worker must possess ability to pick up and handle ladders weighing up to 40 pounds. Worker removes smallest fruit blossom, bud and/or identifiable fruit from within fruit cluster. Worker identifies and removes misshapen, damaged and/or other not quality fruit as directed by Employer.

Pruning: Pruning numerous varieties of apple trees according to established company procedures based on difference in treatment of different varieties. Worker performs pruning on trees for long periods of time using variety of pruning equipment including hand shears, hand loppers, hand saws, and ladders. Pruning and thinning may be done from ground or ladders or from motorized platform. Worker may be required to selectively prune only certain size trees as instructed by Employer. Worker must possess or acquire pruning skills in order to identify and remove stubs or broken branches, downward growing branches, branches which rub against each other, shaded interior branches, dead wood and shoots/suckers with hand pruning saws and clippers, mechanized equipment in pruning activities.

Tree planting: Trees will be unbundled and handled with care as not to break and damage young trees. Trees are planted mechanically with a planter and by hand. Worker will ride the machine and place plants in the holes as the machine moves along the row. Tree graft union height will be adjusted by pulling the tree until at a specific height using a specially marked stick as a measure. Straighten tree and compact soil around tree. Worker will be required to unload 100 pound boxes of trees to be planted.

Tree transplanting: Worker will dig up tree and transplant to new location then follow steps described for planting tree.

Trellis system construction/install: Placement of anchor post, end angle post and of inline post, with, but not limited to the following equipment: excavator, loader with auger, loader with anchor attachment. Tools will be used such as shovel or posthole digger. Posts may be re-aligned after placement with shovel, posthole digger, and level. Post will be drilled to install wire. Tree support will then be installed. This may be performed by motorized platform or up to an 8' ladder. Worker will be required to lift up to 100 pounds, between two workers.

Irrigation maintenance: Worker will be required to check, operate and maintain all working components of irrigation system which include: irrigation lines, micro sprinklers, headers, mainlines, valves, any other irrigation equipment. Workers will be required to fix leaks as directed by supervisor.

Equipment Operation: Worker will be required to safely drive and operate tractors, tractor-drawn machinery and self-propelled machinery to plow, harrow and fertilize the soil, or to plant, cultivate, spray, harvest crops and mow/cut grass/orchard.

Pay will be piece rate.


  • Must have a minimum of 3 months experience in performing tasks described.
  • Lifting requirement of 50 lbs.
  • Exposure to extreme temperatures
  • Repetitive movements, extensive pushing/pulling, extensive walking, and frequent stooping

The full terms and conditions of the job (form ETA790a) should be reviewed and provided to qualified applicants from this website: For qualified applicants requiring a Spanish translation of this job order, please email or call 1-877-466-9757. Please include the applicant name and job order number in your request.