Donald DeMarree Fruit Farm, Inc. Farmworkers and Laborers in Williamson, New York
28 Full Time Seasonal H-2A Jobs available 8/10/2020-11/14/2020.
Manually plant, cultivate & harvest apples. Use hand tools, such as shovels, trowels, hoes, tampers, pruning hooks, shears, knives & saws. Till soil & apply fertilizers; transplant, weed, thin or prune crops (may require the use of chainsaws); apply pesticides; clean, pack & load harvested products. Construct trellis, assemble bins, repair bins, fences & farm buildings, participate in irrigation or drainage activities. Set up & operate irrigation equipment. Operate tractors, tractor-drawn machinery, self-propelled machinery to plow, harrow & fertilize soil, or to plant, cultivate, prune, thin, train trees, spray, protect with hail netting, enhance crop light exposure & harvest crops. Use equipment, sanitizers & hand tools to sanitize bins, machinery & equipment to meet food safety regulations. Repair & maintain farm vehicles, implements & mechanical equipment. Harvest apples by hand. Apply hail netting, reflective orchard floor covering, pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers to crops. Remove or move hail netting or reflective orchard floor covering from block to block or to storage building. Inform farmers or farm mangers of crop progress. Identify plants, pests & weeds to determine the selection and application of pesticides & fertilizers. Clear & maintain drainage ditches. Participate in employer provided & other training for; pesticide use & application, food safety practices, equipment operation and safety & general work safety. Follow all food & other safety procedures. Record information about crops, such as pesticide use, food safety threats or practices, yields or costs. Apples injured by bruising during picking shall not exceed 0% (WNY) for fresh and 0% (WNY) for processing. Productivity must be at least 3 bins (67.5 bushels) fresh market and/or 6 bins (120 bushels) processing fruit per day. A few fresh varieties require stem clipping of each apple before placing the apple in the picking bag. Due to both worker safety and food safety concerns, workers must be able to speak & understand enough English to follow directions & communicate safety threats to the farmer, other workers & supervisors.
Orchard Development/Maintenance: Workers will be required to plant, adjust planting depth by the tree graft union, stomp soil around newly planted trees, spread fertilizer, pick up roots, stones & limbs, hoe trees, strip suckers or unwanted growth from trees, dig root suckers, rub out buds, remove vines, lay irrigation pipe or tube, repair & maintain irrigation system, strap, paint tree trunks and tie or thin out the crop load on fruit trees. Instruction will be given for each task and standards of performance communicated to workers.
Pruning: While pruning trees, workers will receive proper tools for the particular job, i.e., saw, pruners, loppers & hand snips. These tools will be returned to the employer at the end of the task. The supervisor will set a standard or pattern for each orchard & will demonstrate & communicate to his workers. Workers will be assigned rows of trees & must prune each tree according to the predetermined standard.
* 3 months verifiable experience thinning, pruning, picking fresh apples & operating equipment required.
* Employer may conduct random drug tests, post hire, at the employer's expense.
* Criminal background check at employer's expense.
* Lifting requirement of 50 pounds.
* Repetitive movements, extensive walking, extensive pushing/pulling, frequent stooping/bending.
* Exposure to extreme temperatures.
Entire job duty description (ETA790 and Spanish translation) should be reviewed and provided to qualified applicants from the NYSDOL website at https://labor.ny.gov/careerservices/h2a_orders.shtm