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Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop

at Foothill Packing Inc in multiple, Arizona, United States

Job Description

Tree Work All tree (Date Palms/Olive Trees, and Citrus Trees) work requires either working from the ground while standing or walking on uneven ground, or working from a basket/platform that is raised by a forklift or reach lift that will be raised off the ground that could be as high as 55 feet off the ground. Employees will be pruning and hoeing citrus, date and olive trees, using both hands pruning shears, pruning loppers and long handled hoes.
Specific to Date Palms – De-thorn job is done by removing thorns from palms with curved knife while standing on the ground or in a raised platform, by moving the knife along the edges of the frond removing the thorns. Pollinating is done by removing the husk of the flower and tying a string around the strands at the middle of the flower, and possibly removing a portion of the flower, if necessary applying date pollen by hand with a small rubber pollinating tool. Cutting Centers/ Strands/ Thinning is done by removing the center of the bunches with a hand pruner, and selectively removing dates or cutting strands to length. Tying for direction is done by choosing the natural direction of the bunch/fruit arm and bending it without breaking, and then
tying it to support the weight of the fruit arm. The employee will insert metal rings carefully between the strands of the fruit bunch and then applying a fruit bag over the bunch while securing the bag to the bunch. Closing of the bag is done prior to harvest using twine or Velcro on the bag. All jobs are done under the direction of the foreman and supervisor to ensure quality of work. Harvest- All (Date Palms/Olive Tree) harvest requires either working from the ground while standing or walking on uneven ground, or working from a basket/platform that is raised by a forklift or reach lift that will be raised off the ground that could be as high as 55 feet off the ground. Harvest is done by identifying fruit by color, and texture and picking accordingly and placing fruit into trays that are then moved to the field trailers or pallets. Removing is done by using a knife and cutting the twine and taking off bag. Bags are then counted/folded and put on pallets for storage. Fruit arms are then cut off using a knife. All jobs are done under the direction of the foreman and supervisor to ensure quality of work. Groundwork Planting Date Palms, Olive Trees, & Citrus Trees is done by digging a hole with a shovel and placing Date Palms, Olive Trees, & Citrus that could weigh up to 50 lbs. from a potted container into the hole and replacing soil. Specific to Date Palms-Cutting Shoots is done by removing shoots on side of palm trees by placing chisel between shoot and tree and hammering the chisel to remove the shoot. Shoots are also removed from the side of the trees by placing a metal bar and prying the shoot off the tree. Cleaning Date Palms, Olive Trees, & Citrus-Weeding While working on uneven ground, either dig with a shovel, or use a crowbar with a hammer, to remove shoots from base of Date Palms, Olive Trees, & Citrus. Weeding is done with
a long-handled hoe, or by hand if necessary. All jobs are done under the direction of the foreman and supervisor to ensure quality of the work. Irrigation qualified workers to assist in checking/repairing drip lines, ensuring that every (Date Palms, Olive Trees, & Citrus Trees) has water, pulling occasional weeds, checking pumps, filling out checklist. All jobs are done under the direction of the foreman and supervisor to ensure quality of the work. Cal Van Driver Specifications: responsible for transporting workers from housing sites and pick up points to take to work sites and back, processing paperwork, inspections of vehicle fueling of and cleaning of vehicle. The employer assures that the drivers are paid, at a minimum the AEWR for actual driving time, processing paperwork, cleaning and fueling of vehicle. Cal Van drivers are to preform duties related to the harvesting when not driving. Employee may drive Cal Van on public roads. In order to drive a Cal Van, employees must possess valid drivers’ license (state issued) and must be able to pass Class B Physical exam and register as an FLCE driver. The employer will be responsible for the cost of the California Driver’s License,
Class B Physical Exam, and registration as an FLCE driver (if any). All employees in this position (H-2A as well as corresponding domestic workers), will be given the opportunity to obtain a driver’s license (DL) and register as an FLCE driver on a voluntary basis. The Driver’s License and FLCE Certificate are not a pre-hire job requirement. No job applicant will be denied an employment opportunity due to a lack of a Driver’s License or FLCE Certificate at the time of application and/or hiring. Further, no worker (H-2A or corresponding domestic worker) will be terminated for failure to obtain a DL or FLCE Certificate.
Tractor Drivers/Forklift Operators – under the direction of the foreman/supervisor the driver is responsible for moving platforms/reach and harvest trailers to facilitate either tree work, harvest, or moving of equipment for daily operations. Drivers are to assist in preparing the equipment for immediate field operations, or movement to a new location. Directing Tractor/forklift through the field, pulling trailers or attachments before, during or after all palm tree operations. Employee must conduct daily maintenance check prior to operating tractor/forklift. Required to have basic knowledge of driving a tractor/forklift, must pass tractor/forklift training and demonstrate ability to operate tractor/forklift in a safe manner. Training will be provided by a certified safety team representative. All jobs are done under the direction of the foreman and supervisor to ensure quality of the work. Workers may occasionally and/or sporadically perform duties associated with and directly related to the primary duties such as cleaning up field before during and after harvest, picking up trash, discarding cartons and assisting as safety monitor when equipment is turning in the field to begin a new pass. All of the above work requires an able bodied person to lift up to 50 lbs., odd shapes, pull, push, climb, walk on uneven ground all day, be physically flexible to work in/on basket/platform in a tree, dexterity to use knives and scissor like pruners all day,
tie different kinds of strings/ ropes with different knots, good eyesight for plant identification and ability to see what to harvest and where to make cuts, good personal hygiene, clothes and shoes appropriate for working in heat/ cold/ outdoors, ability to take instructions and follow them, use safety equipment correctly. If machine operator, driver must safely and carefully operate equipment that they are authorized/trained on in a safe manner.

Job Details

Company

Foothill Packing Inc

Location

Areas in Somerton, Yuma, San Luis
multiple, Arizona 85350
United States

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Job Posting: 4059525

Posted On: Dec 03, 2020

Updated On: Jul 02, 2021