Fowler Brothers, Inc. Farmworkers and Laborers in Wolcott, New York
56 Fulltime H-2A Seasonal Jobs available 8/3/2020-11/7/2020.
Crops/Commodities: apples, hops.
Workers will manually plant, cultivate and harvest apples; use hand tools, such as shovels, trowels, hoes, tampers, pruning hooks, shears and knives. Duties include tilling soil, transplanting, weeding, thinning or pruning; applying fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. Construct trellises, repair fences and farm buildings or participate in irrigation activities. Operate tractors, tractor-drawn machinery and self-propelled machinery to plow, harrow and fertilize soil, or to plant, cultivate, spray and harvest crops. Repair and maintain farm vehicles, implements and mechanical equipment. Identify plants, pests and weeds to determine the selection and application of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. Inform farm managers of crop progress. Clear and maintain irrigation ditches. Record information about crops, such as pesticide use, yields or costs.
Prune trees seasonally to promote optimum growth of tree and fruit. Gather pruned branches from area for disposal. Thin trees from orchard to eliminate diseased or nonproductive trees using chain saw.
Workers will hand-pick apples for fresh market and/or processing. Productivity must be at least 4 bins (80 bushels) per day of fresh market apples and 5 bins (100 bushels) per day of processing fruit. Workers will load the bins onto the rail using a tractor.
Machine Operation: Drive/operate utility vehicles and row crop tractors. Mow/rake hop bines. Operate pickers and/or dryers. Dig and prepare ground. Plant roots or pots. Pick up pots after planting. Cut roots off hill with hop knife. Wash and separate roots. Cut roots to length and bundle roots. Load roots/plants onto trailers or trucks. Stack, stage, and haul roots/pots. Remove broken or damaged poles and install a new pole. Ensure all hop poles are vertically straight and tamped into place. Manually remove weeds by hand or with digging tools. Weeding baby hop yards requires special care to detour damaging bines. Manually remove drip tubing from hop plants and place at center of the hill to avoid damage. Roll, tie, and install tube with utility vehicle and tubing roller. Re-tie broken tubes to nearest string. Excess or repeated damage to drip tubes may result in suspension or discharge. Load string bundles onto string cart. Top tie string to trellis. "Pogo" hop strings into hop hills with hop clips. Fix loose/missing strings. Manually train (wrap) hop bines on string.
* Minimum of three months of verifiable prior experience working in tree fruit or vegetable crops, handling both manual and machine tasks associated with commodity production and harvest activities.
* Exposure to extreme temperatures.
* Lifting requirement of 60 lbs.
* Repetitive movements, extensive walking, extensive pushing/pulling, and frequent stooping/bending.
* Post-hire drug screen, at the employer's 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