Nursery Worker / Greenhouse Worker
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Irvington, AL 36544
Description: Temporary job 09/23/2019 – 07/17/2020
Workers will perform duties associated with working in a commercial greenhouse and nursery, excluding the fulfillment duties. Must have three months’ experience working in agriculture/horticulture. Applicants must be able to furnish affirmative job references from recent employers operating comparable operations establishing acceptable previous experience The following definitions are provided to assist all workers with the employer’s work standards. Work/Job Specification Definitions: a) Sloppy: not careful or neat: showing a lack of care, attention, or effort. b) bona fide: made with earnest intent c) earnest: serious in intention, purpose, or effort: d) sustained: continuing for an extended period or without interruption. e) endurance: the ability or strength to continue or last, especially despite fatigue, stress or other adverse conditions. f) efficiently: performing or functioning in the best possible manner with the least waste of time and effort. g) consistently: Same way over a long period of time. Worker must possess the physical strength and endurance (ability to continue or last) to repeat the harvest process though out the workday, working quickly and skillfully to perform activities assigned during that activity. Workers may not leave trash, or other discarded items in work areas or vehicles but must dispose of such items in provided receptacles. Workers must wash hands with soap and water after all bathroom and meal breaks. Allergies to varieties of ragweed, goldenrod, insecticides, related agricultural chemicals, etc, may affect worker’s ability to perform the work described herein. General Duties: Workers should be prepared to perform any activities as described under the DOT definition for Horticultural Workers. Workers are excluded from any involvement with non-nursery fulfillment duties. Daily individual work assignments, crew assignments, and location of work, will be made by and at the sole discretion of the farm manager and/or farm supervisor as the needs of the farming operations dictate. Workers may be assigned a variety of duties in any given day and/or different tasks on different days. Tools and Equipment: The employer will furnish, without charge, all tools, supplies, and equipment required in the performance of the specified work. Workers will be charged for any willful damage or loss of such tools and equipment. Greenhouse/Nursery: Workers may perform any combination of the following duties concerned with preparing soil and growth media, cultivation, and otherwise participating in horticultural activities: haul, spread, dig, rake and mix media to prepare the growing areas for production; cover and fill cold frames and greenhouses in preparation for planting; haul, plant, spray, weed, water, prune, trim, shape and space products; fertilize with granular or liquid fertilizer; tie, bunch, wrap, and pack trees and shrubs to fill orders and load onto trucks for marketing; work on a potting line, in a greenhouse or in an outdoor production area transplanting seedlings and liners into containers and place in growing area. Propagation and Liners: Workers will fill flats with potting soil in preparation for planting. Filled flats will be stacked and transported to planting areas. Workers will stick cuttings or plant plugs or seedlings into flats as instructed by supervisor. Planted flats will be tagged and provided all necessary horticultural needs. Potted Plants/Hanging Baskets: Workers will fill pots/baskets with potting soil in preparation for planting. One or more transplants will be planted in each container as specified by supervisor. Completed containers will be watered and placed in growing area for finishing. Workers may be required to install hangers and tags on pots or baskets. Workers may be required to place watering tubes into containers to facilitate the irrigation process. Trees and Shrubs: Workers will be working with flowering trees and shrubs. Workers will plant, cultivate, harvest, propagate, grade, store and ship both container and field grown horticultural products. Harvesting crops may include grading and tagging. Some harvesting may require digging up products and placing them on pallets. Grading is done by size. Products may be measured, tied in bundles and placed in storage for shipment. Workers will harvest seed and/or take cuttings from trees and shrubs, place the cuttings or seeds in containers pre-filled with growing media and transplant cuttings and seedlings to prepared areas. Bare Root Products: Workers will handle a variety of bare root products. Workers will propagate, plant, cultivate, harvest and prepare products for shipment. · · GENERAL CONDITIONS APPLICABLE TO ALL CROPS: Fieldwork begins at assigned time shortly after daylight. Work is performed during light rain and in high humidity and in temperatures ranging from 35 degrees to 100 degrees F. Workers will work on their feet in bent, stooped, and crouched positions for long periods of time. Workers will make fast, simple, repeated movements of fingers, hands, and wrists. Workers must be able to bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with the body, arms, and/or legs. Workers will use muscles to lift, push, pull, or carry heavy objects, such as trees or potted plants. These could/will weigh from 50 – 75 lbs. Workers will supply their own work clothes. All 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 farming the crops listed in the application, such as hand cultivation tasks, weeding or hoeing, cleaning and repairing farm buildings, seed beds, racks, or grounds, operation of tractor/farm equipment, incidental crop set up, moving irrigation pipes and equipment, gardening, weeding and shrubbing, etc. All other duties assigned under this order will be those duties of Horticulture Worker II, DOT Code 405.687-014. This is a very demanding and competitive business to which quality specifications must be rigorously adhered. Sloppy work cannot and will not be tolerated. FARMWORK: Feed and water livestock and monitor food and water supplies; drive trucks, tractors, and other equipment to distribute feed to animals; examine animals to detect illness, injury, or disease, and to check physical characteristics, such as rate of weight gain; mix feed, additives, and medicines in prescribed portions; inspect, maintain, and repair equipment, machinery, buildings, pens, yards, and fences; move equipment, or livestock from one location to another, manually or using trucks or carts; clean stalls, pens, and equipment, using disinfectant solutions, brushes, shovels, water hoses, and/or pumps; herd livestock to pastures for grazing or to scales, trucks, or other enclosures; may be required to separate/sort livestock according to size and weight and to apply ID tags; attend to live farm, ranch, or aqua cultural animals that may include cattle, horses and other equines. Duties may also include feeding, watering, herding, grazing, branding, weighing, catching, and loading animals; maintaining records on animals; examining animals to detect diseases and injuries; assist in birth deliveries; administer medications, vaccinations, or insecticides as appropriate; and, may clean and maintain animal housing areas. The employer retains the right to discharge an obviously unqualified worker, malingerer or recalcitrant worker who is physically able to but does not demonstrate the willingness to perform the work necessary for the employer to grow a premium quality product. During certain duties, workers may be required to work in teams to accomplish a certain task. When engaged in team work activities workers must coordinate with other members of the team to accomplish the task.