Jay R. DeBadts & Sons Fruit Farms, LLC Farmworkers and Laborers* in Sodus, New York
50 Fulltime Seasonal H-2A Jobs available 09/01/2020 - 11/15/2020
APPLES Hand Harvest: Worker hand harvests apples to quality standards. Worker attaches picking bag around shoulder, without using straps on waist, and picks fruit while standing on ground and on ladder up to 15-feet for higher branches. Workers may not pick up fruit that has been in contact with the ground.
Employer must approve picking bag modifications. Worker picks according to grade, color and size by grasping fruit with hands and removing from tree in motion not to harm adjacent buds on tree branches. Worker carries harness, bucket or bag up to 50 lbs. and places fruit into 18-20 bushel wooden or plastic bins. Worker fills bin from all sides and does not allow fruit to roll in bin. Worker fills bin level with top on sides and crowns center.
Quality is essential. Employer harvests different apple varieties according to established company procedures based on end use and market demands. Worker must differentiate and selectively pick between colors to meet varying standards. Employer explains and demonstrates picking requirements as needed to ensure quality standards. Worker must exercise care at all times to prevent fruit bruising, stem pulls, punctures or other damage or branch breaking. Bruising from harvest shall not exceed 1% (WNY) for fresh and 1% (WNY) for processing. Some workers may be required to examine harvested fruit in bins and sort out fruit not meeting grade, color and size specifications. Significant bruised, damaged or cull fruit may result in progressive disciplinary action as outlined in attached work rules. During special collection of drop apples and as an exception to the general application of GAP rules, workers may pick up by hand drop apples from the ground, place in 5 gallon buckets and dump the full buckets into the 18-20 bushel bins.
Pay will be piece rate.
* Must have a minimum of 3 months experience in performing tasks described.
* Employer will train
* Lifting requirement of 50 lbs.
* Exposure to extreme temperatures
* Repetitive movements, extensive walking, and frequent stooping
* Post-hire drug screen, at employers expense
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