Golden Harvest Farm Agricultural Equipment Operator in Valatie, New York
10 Fulltime H-2A Seasonal Jobs available 03/10/2023 - 12/15/2023.
Drives and operates farm machinery to plant, cultivate, spray and/or harvest apples. Attaches farm implements to tractor and drive tractor in fields to prepare soil, plant, fertilize, mow, spray and/or harvest crops. Drives tractor or truck to transport materials, supplies and products. Make adjustments and minor repairs to machinery. May mix chemicals ingredients and spray fruit trees to control insects, fungus, weeds, or diseases. May remove excess growth using pruning saws and clippers. May irrigate soil. May pick fruit during harvest. May thin blossoms and immature fruit. May prop limbs to prevent breakage. May operate frost protection equipment. Must be physically able to lift up to 75lbs on a consistent basis throughout the day. Employer may conduct random drug tests after hiring; at owners expense. Due to health and safety concerns relating to pesticide application and operation of equipment on our farm, workers are required to have proficient English language skills. A minimum of six months verifiable experience necessary in the aforementioned.
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 to be handled with care to avoid causing bruising. Fruit injured by bruising during picking shall not exceed 4% as defined in the U.S. standard for grades. Each worker's picked fruit will be inspected according to instructions given each day by the orchard foreman. Workers will be directed to strip all fruit from tree at one picking or to spot pick (selective picking) according to size and color depending on crop conditions and state of maturity. Fruit picked as drops is never mixed with tree fruit.
May also perform any combination of tasks involved in planting, cultivating, and harvesting of crops such as tilling soil, planting stock, pruning , removing suckers and runners from trees, vines, and plants. Other duties may include laying out irrigation pipe and installing sprinklers, assisting in repairing fences, loading and unloading trucks, clearing fields, burning brush, hand thinning fruit and smudging. Will repair, paint, sanitize, marking of bins, picking buckets & ladders. Will use appropriate tools such as shovels, hoes, tampers, pruning hooks and shears. Employer will furnish to workers, without cost, all tools and equipment required in the performance of the duties assigned. Workers should report for work with their own suitable work clothing. Field temperatures may range from 30 degrees to 85 degrees with possible wet morning conditions. May press cider from harvested fruit and bag or box harvested fruit for roadside stand. May clean, lubricate and adjust farm machinery.
- A minimum of six months verifiable experience necessary in the aforementioned.
- Must be physically able to lift up to 75 lbs.
- Employer may conduct random drug tests at employers expense after hiring.
- Exposure to extreme temperatures
- Repetitive movements, 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: 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.