Pruning/training of fruit trees
This job is for working supervisors/orchard workers. Work involves service as supervisor for temporary workers. Supervisors will be required to train new workers. Supervisors will assist in ensuring that the work performed and the procedures are accomplished in accordance with the established procedures and guidelines.
Supervisors may be required to keep inventory, provide reports of work performed by workers, supplies, loss, and damage to fruit.
Supervisors will provide instructions and overall direction of workers. Supervisors must be able to communicate effectively with the workers. Unusual, complex or non-routine activities will be supervised.
Work assignments will be made at the sole discretion of the employer conditional on unforeseen circumstances such as weather or other unscheduled/unexpected interruptions in regular work. Workers must perform the assigned work and may not perform duties not provided in this application, or work in areas not assigned without the specific authorization of the foreman or crew boss. Workers will be expected to perform any of the listed duties as assigned by supervisor.
Workers will be required to attend an orientation on workplace rules, policies and safety information prior to beginning work on or after the date of need.
Workers should be able to work on their feet in bent positions for long periods of time. Work requires repetitive movements and extensive walking. Allergies to ragweed, goldenrod, insect spray, related chemicals, etc. may affect workers ability to perform the job. Workers should be physically able to do the work required with or without reasonable accommodations. Work is to be done for long periods of time. Temperatures may range from 18 to 75 F. Workers may be required to work during occasional snow and or rain showers not severe enough to stop field operations.
Workers should be physically able to do the work required with or without reasonable accommodation. Workers must obey all safety rules and basic instructions and be able to recognize, understand and comply with safety, pesticide warning/re-entry and other essential postings.
The job requires regular standing and walking. Employees are frequently required to use hands to grasp, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms, climb and balance on ladders. Workers will be required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl under trellis wires upon occasion. Workers must be able to lift/carry up to 50 lbs. throughout the course of the day. Ladders 10 to 12 feet in length are essential to the task of pruning fruit trees. Workers must possess proficiency in handling ladders, climbing and working on ladders safely. Employees will be expected to use all equipment in a safe and prudent manner to avoid injury.
Use ladders in a safe manner. Do not lean the ladder into the tree, do not lean off to one side of the ladder, and do not stand on the last two steps. Do not climb the trees; use a ladder. If you are unsure of how to use your ladder safely, ask a crew boss. Keep the work area clean and safe by keeping cut branches away from your walking area so you do not trip and fall.
Supervisors will oversee and may be required to perform any of the following duties:
Quality is essential. Different varieties of apples, pears and cherries will be pruned according to established company procedures based upon the difference in treatment of different fruit varieties. Workers must be able to distinguish between different limb positions, spurwood and productive (fruiting wood) and non-productive (non-fruiting wood) to be able to competently, efficiently and effectively prune fruit trees.