Hermenet Fruit Farm Agricultural Equipment Operator in Williamson, New York

6 Seasonal Jobs available 6/1/17-11/30/17.

Farm equipment operator to run 100 HP tractors, tracto-drawn machinery and self-propelled machinery to fertilize soil, or to plant, cultivate and spray apple trees. Use hand tools such as shovels, trowels, hoes, tampers, pruning hooks, shears, and knives. Duties include tilling soil and applying fertilizers; transplanting, weeding, thinning, or pruning crops. Will mow lanes between tree rows using tractor mowers. Will operate chain saws to prune trees and remove dead/and diseased trees. Set up, operate, monitor and maintain irrigation system. Repair fences and farm buildings, or participate in irrigation activities. Repair and maintain farm vehicles, implements, and mechanical equipment.

Harvest apples by hand. Apply pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers to crops. Inform farmers or farm managers of crop progress. Identify plants, pests, and weeds to determine the selection and application of pesticides and fertilizers. Record information about crops such as pesticide use, yields, or costs. Apples injured by bruising during picking shall not exceed 1% (WNY) for fresh and 1% (WNY) for processing as defined in the U.S. standard for grades. Productivity must be at least 4 bins fresh market and/or 6 bins processing fruit per day.

Workers are expected to work at least the number of hours and days specified. Must have experience working at piece rate production and must have experience in working with farm sanitary and safety practices as required in Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) plans. Workers must be physically able to lift up to 80 lbs. Employer will furnish to workers, without cost, all tools and equipment required in the performance of the duties assigned. Workers should report to work with their own suitable work clothing. Field temperatures may range from below 0 to 90+ degrees (F) with possible wet morning conditions. Due to health and safety concerns relating to pesticide application and the operation of equipment on our farm, workers are required to have the ability to comprehend simple instructions in English. After hiring, employer may conduct random drug tests at employer's expense.

Workers referred against this job order must have a minimum of six months experience in performing the tasks described in this order.

Entire job duty description (ETA 790 and Spanish translation of terms and conditions) can be found on the NYSDOL website at http://labor.ny.gov/careerservices/h2a_orders.shtm.