Farm Workers

  • Seasonal Jobs H2A & H2B
  • United States
  • Nov 09, 2019

Job Description

Plant, cultivate, harvest, grade and field pack strawberries, bell peppers, cucumbers, green beans, okra, cabbage, eggplant, zucchini, squash, watermelons and cole crops by hand. Transplant crops by walking and carrying full trays through the field and stooping extensively while placing transplants into holes. Harvest developed bell peppers, cucumbers, eggplants, zucchini, squash, green beans and okra by hand, or using a knife, and place them into a bucket. When bucket is full, carry to dumper on truck that is moving through rows alongside workers, being careful not to bruise crops. Pack harvested crops into boxes on the back of a trailer. Bend and cut cole crops using a knife and toss into bins. Walk and stoop to pick strawberries in the field and place them into flats. Count and check strawberry flats as they are being harvested and placed on the truck in the field. Once flats are full, carry and load onto trailer. Harvest watermelons by walking through rows and selecting melons ready for harvest. Workers will then pick up harvested melons and pitch the product to another worker who will catch the watermelon and either gently load into bins or pitch it to another worker within an assembly line. Use hand tools such as shovels, rakes, trowels, hoes, tampers and knives. Lay plastic to prepare beds for planting. Bend, reach and pull up used plastic and pull drip tape and bring to headlands. Till soil. Weed and thin crops. Apply fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. Clean, sort, count, check and load harvested products. Set up and operate irrigation equipment. Clear and maintain irrigation ditches. As a minor activity, operate, repair and maintain farm vehicles, implements and mechanical equipment. May drive various pieces of farm equipment. Inform farmers or farm managers of crop progress. Identify plants, pests, and weeds to determine the selection and application of pesticides and fertilizers. May construct trellises, repair fences and farm buildings, or participate in irrigation activities. Maintain and upkeep grounds and farm, labor house, and packing shed, including but not limited to, cutting grass and pulling grass and weeds. Workers must use care not to damage or bruise produce. Record information about crops, such as pesticide use, yields or costs. Workers with a valid license and doctor's certificate may operate vehicles to transport workers and may be offered additional hours. Assist with Good Agricultural Practices policies. Workers are expected to possess the skills to work in the production of crops listed. The introductory period for all crop activities is 2 days starting with the first day of employment to acclimate the worker to the physical demands of farm work and to familiarize workers with job specifications and to demonstrate proper planting and harvesting methods and other crop specific issues. Workers must adhere to all safety rules as instructed by the supervisor. Workers must take care to handle tools, equipment and product in a manner to avoid injury or damage. The employer will comply with all federal, state and local safety requirements. Operational specifications can change during the season due to crop or market condition. Workers will be expected to conform to the specific instructions given for each day's work. Instructions and general supervision will be provided by the employer or a designated employee. Workers will have close supervision to insure adherence to instructions. Work will be closely monitored and reviewed for quality. Daily individual work assignments, crew assignments and location of work will be made by the employer or designated employee as the needs of the operation dictate. Workers may be assigned a variety of duties in any given day and different tasks on different days.