General Farmworker

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

Job Description

General workers needed for rice & crawfish farm. Work includes tractor driving, field prep, water maint, fertilizing, plant, harvest of crops, & operation of crawfish boats. Field prep includes manual shovel work & hoeing of weeds, spot spraying treatments. Help repair & maintain equip, farm, field, levees, roads and shop. Load & unload trucks. Crawfishing involves manually cutting up of fish bait, bait, & check traps. Grade & wash crawfish for shipment, make & repair traps as needed. Must be able to lift and carry 70lbs. All tools furnished. Housing provided. Job involves stooping, lifting and working outside in inclement weather & outdoor temps in excess of 100 degrees. Workers may be required to take random, post accident, and/or upon suspicion drug test, & background check post hire at no cost to worker. Testing positive or failure to comply may result in immediate termination from employment. Must have legal authority to work in the US. Must have 3 months positive verifiable prior experience in job offered. General Conditions Applicable to All Crops: Work begins at an assigned time shortly after daylight. Work is performed under various weather conditions. Workers will work and perform repetitive tasks on their feet in bent and stooped positions for long periods of time. Workers will use muscles to lift, push, pull, or carry heavy objects in loading and unloading trucks. All of the tasks in this job description constitute one (1) job; the employer may assign workers to different tasks on any day or to multiple tasks during the same day in the sole judgment of the employer. Workers may be required to perform work on the farm that is incidental to producing the crops such as repairing buildings, maintaining grounds, operate tractor/farm equipment, incidental crop setup when needed, gardening, etc. This is a very demanding and competitive business in which quality specifications must be rigorously adhered to. Sloppy work cannot and will not be tolerated. Seven to eight hours per day is normal. Workers may be offered more than the specified work in a single day. The worker may be requested but not required to work 12-14 hours per day and/or on the Sabbath or Federal holidays depending upon the conditions in the fields, weather, and maturity of the crop. The employer will designate time for lunch and breaks. Worker may be requested to work Saturday and Sunday during peak times and special needs but not required. These requirements pertain to both H-2A and US workers. Extreme heat, cold or drought may affect working hours. Employer will offer 40 hours/week, weather and crop conditions permitting. Worker will report to work at designated time and place as directed by employer each day. Workers should expect occasional periods of little or no work due to weather, crop, or other conditions beyond the control of the employer. This can occur anytime throughout the season. As a general matter, working hours will be divided between duties related to rice and crawfish depending on the employers needs. Given that the demands of agricultural production are unpredictable and determined by factors to include weather, crop conditions, market demands and seasonal task needs and numerous other factors, it is impossible to predict with any degree of accuracy the percentage of time that will be dedicated to any specific task. In the event the US Department of Labor (DOL) promulgates a new AEWR during the recruitment or work contract period that is lower than the current AEWR at the time of application, the employer will pay the newly established AEWR. If, however, there is an adjustment to the AEWR, the employer will still pay the highest of the adjusted AEWR, prevailing hourly wage or piece rate, the agreed upon collective bargaining wage or the Federal or State minimum wage.