Pick apples by hand on a piece rate basis for the fresh market at $1.00 per 1 1/8 bu. Pick apples by hand for second pick on a piece rate basis for the fresh market at $1.50 per 1 1/8 bu. Pick fresh market apples by hand and clip the stem of each apple at $2.00 per 1 1/8 bu. Pick fresh market apples by hand at $2.00 per 1 1/8 bu for cleanup picking. Pick apples by hand on an hourly basis for miscellaneous picking. All fruit to be handled with care to avoid bruising. Fruit injured by bruising not to exceed 3%. Use of tools such as stem clippers. All fruit to be handled with care to avoid puncture or other damage by stem clippers. Workers trained and instructed to selectively pick mature fruit according to size, color, and other USDA and market standards. Pick apples by hand for the process markets at $.75 per 1 1/8 bu box. A minimum productivity standard applies of 114 1 1/8 bu boxes of fresh apples per day or 76 1 1/8 bu boxes of second pick per day or 57 1 1/8 bu boxes of fresh apples with stem clipping per day or 57 1 1/8 bu boxes of clean up picking per day or 152 1 1/8 bu boxes of process apples per day. Workers must be able to pick tree fruit, much of which is done from ladders or a moving mechanical picking platform with lower branches being picked from the ground. Picked fruit is placed in a metal framed canvas covered picking bucket with canvas straps that slip over the head and rest on the shoulders. Filled buckets weighing up to 50 lbs are emptied into bulk bins with a capacity equal to 20 1 1/8 bushel boxes. Workers required to handle ladders up to 24 feet long and weighing about 2 lbs per foot. Must be able to consistently handle 75 lbs throughout the day.
Other orchard work including pruning, wood removal, planting, transplanting, weeding, sickling, hand thinning, trellis construction, training of branches or trunk including tying, taping, bending and general maintenance of apple trees. Use hand tools such as pruners, chainsaws, pole saws, hydraulic or pneumatic pruners pruning hooks, shears, sickles and shovels. Prepare field for planting including tilling soils, applying fertilizers, picking rocks and roots from tilled fields. Miscellaneous activities may include fence or bin or building repair. Many orchard jobs will also be performed from ladders or a moving mechanical platform in the upper half of the tree with lower parts of the tree tended from the ground.
Operate tractors, tractor-drawn machinery and self-propelled machinery to chop, mow, or harvest. Drive pickup trucks or vans on the public roads and farm roads only with a valid New York State drivers license and employer approval. This may include transportation of coworkers or tools and supplies. Driving and equipment operation are not a requirement of this job order.
Workers must follow all food safety rules including but not limited to hygiene and clothing/jewelry requirements, awareness of external factors impacting the product such as but not limited to blood, broken glass, grease, animal excrement and many other items to be discussed at hire. Workers must also follow all government and employer rules related to COVID-19. These may include time periods of isolation with or without work, a shift in housing accommodations, wearing protective equipment and practicing social distancing. Employer may conduct/require random drug or alcohol tests at employers expense once hired. Workers referred as a result of this order must have a minimum of three months verifiable experience in performing the tasks described in this order.