Abendroth's Apple Ridge Orchard Farmworkers and Laborers in Wolcott, New York
20 fulltime seasonal H-2A job available 8/20/2021-11/25/2021. All applicants must be able, willing and qualified to perform work described in this job description and must be available for the entire period of employment specified in this work order. This work order is for qualified people to perform a combination of tasks involved in the production and harvesting of apple, peach, plum and cherry trees. Duties include; clearing orchard alley-ways of brush by hand or with hand-held mechanical hedger, spring/summer pruning fruit trees by hand using a pruning sheer to promote optimum growth of tree and fruit and manual harvesting/picking of fruit from apple, peach and cherry trees. Pruning activities will require workers to use a manual hand-held sheer demanding repetitive clasping of the hand. Pruning may occur from a tractor pulled platform, on which workers will be required to prune while the tractor moves down alley-ways. Workers must be willing and able to work from 10 ft high pruning platforms. Workers are expected to reach a pruning efficiency of 100 trees pruned per day by the third day of employment. Workers are required to thin the apple trees in the orchard by hand in order to manage the crop load of the trees. Thinning requires workers to pick individual young fruitlets off of the tree branch in order to reduce crop load. Picking apples requires worker to handle ladders up to 24' and pick into metal-framed canvas covered picking pockets strung around shoulders that weigh up to 50 pounds when filled. Filled buckets are emptied into bulk bins with a capacity of 20 bushels, maintaining the fruit quality as defined in the US standard for grades; fruit injure day bruising shall not exceed 2%. Productivity must be at least 100 bushel boxes per day of fresh market fruit. Workers must be physically able to lift and carry up to 70 lbs on a consistent basis for an 8 hour work day. Cherry harvest includes picking into 10 quart pails slung around shoulder and emptying into a 25 lb plastic lug. Workers are required to use ladders up to 24' to pick. Workers are required to work in the tree and rootstock nursery where young trees are propagated for the orchard. Nursery duties include; weeding between plants by hand, de-leafing young trees by hand and applying granular fertilizer by hand. Employer will furnish to workers all tools required in the performance of the duties assigned without cost. Workers must have experience driving tractor and be willing to operate tractors to fumigate, mow, mulch and harvest the orchard. Workers must be willing to mix spray chemical tanks and apply pesticides to orchard. Skilled tractor worker is required to operate orchard equipment, especially during harvest when bin trailers each with five 20 bushel bins of fruit are transported from the orchard to the staging yard. Ability to operate forklifts to move 20 bu bins filled with fruit is preferred. Basic ability to service tractors is preferred. Ability to recognize and communicate issues with the orchard manager or supervisor is required. Workers must be willing to work in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures. Workers may not use cell phones for personal use during work times. Phone use must be limited to breaks and lunch. Requirements: * Must have a minimum of 3 months verifiable experience in performing the tasks in this order. * Employer will allow three days of work for worker to reach production standards. * Lifting requirement of 70 lbs. * Exposure to extreme temperatures, repetitive movements, extensive walking, extensive pushing/pulling, 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.