Nursery Worker

  • Seasonal Jobs H2A & H2B
  • United States
  • Jan 02, 2020

Job Description

Crops/Commodities: Containerized nursery stock Workers will prepare and plant annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees from plugs, bulbs, bareroot stock and/or liners: Unpacks stock to prepare for planting. Fills pots with soil. Cleans/splits/divides/ prunes rootstocks and divisions to prepare them for planting. Plants material into pots on an assembly line or individual process. Tags newly planted material. Workers will perform put-down: Transfer or relocate plants, placing them on carts and wagons and then in organized blocks on greenhouse benches or hangers, in polyhuts, or on weedmat on the ground. Ensure plants are in the correct location and are properly signed. Workers will assist with procedures that encourage plant health and maintain appearance: Pull weeds from containers; prune plants; space plants to allow for proper growth; apply fertilizer; hand water when needed. Workers will pick ordered plants from the greenhouses, polyhuts, or heel-in beds and prepare and organize plants for shipping to wholesale customers: Select ordered plants from growing locations. Load plants on wagons, trucks and carts. Prepare potted plants for shipping: clean leaves, debris and spent blooms from plants, attach label. Place prepared plants on carts and wrap carts with plastic film. Roll plant carts to their proper shipping location for drivers to load. Workers will prepare larger plants/trees for shipping: Select ordered plants from growing locations by hand or with equipment. Unload plants at a designated location for drivers to load onto trucks. Workers will assist the team to keep all areas including facilities and production sites weed-free, debris- free, organized, properly tagged and signed: May remove plastic weather polyhut coverings in spring. May install plastic weather polyhut coverings in fall. May assist the facility coach with irrigation or other essential tasks directly related to growing when needed. In addition, workers may drive tractors, golf carts, and pickup trucks on site (no driving will be required on public roads); clean carts and wagons; organize and store materials such as pots, flats, baskets, soil, tools; unload carts from trucks; clean carts and trucks by sweeping or hosing off; operate hand tools such as pruners, rakes, spades; lay weed-mat; print labels Workers may assist in loading trucks with nursery stock and materials weighing up to 80 lbs. and lifting to a height of 5 feet, including loading empty wooden pallets. Workers should be able to work on their feet in bent positions for long periods of time. Work requires repetitive movements and extensive walking, standing, sitting, crouching, kneeling, lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, reaching above and below shoulder height, rotation while sitting or standing, climbing into or out of trucks or using stairs. Allergies to dust, particulate matter, ragweed, goldenrod, insect spray, related chemicals, etc. may affect workers ability to perform the job. Workers are exposed to wet weather early in the morning through the heat of the day, working in fields. Temperatures may range from 10 to 100 F. Workers may be required to work during occasional showers/snow/wind not severe enough to stop nursery operations. Workers may be exposed to fumes from machinery, loud noises, heights, slippery and moving surfaces and narrow aisles. Workers should be physically able to do the work required with or without reasonable accommodations. Employer assures that workers will be provided transportation from living quarters to work site every day (for workers who must be provided housing under the applicable regulations.)