Mechanical Tree Planters
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Sweet Water, AL 36782
Work schedule 8 hours per day Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM, 40 hours per week. This is a full time temporary job offer. Workers may be offered additional hours in a single work day. Severe weather may affect the number of available hours during a work week. Weekend work may be offered. Overtime may be offered and, if worked, will be paid at time and one half the regular hourly rate. Workers will report to work at the designated time and place as directed by the employer each day.
Pritchett Forestry Services, Inc. is now hiring 80 Mechanical Tree Planters to work in AL, AR, LA, MS, OK, & TX from 11/10/2019 to 4/1/2020. Manual itinerant work machine planting, thinning tree seedlings, applying insecticides and herbicides using equipment, removing brush and vegetation, and seedling pulling to reforest and maintain timberlands. Use equipment in planting and thinning trees, spreading or spraying chemicals, preparing sites for planting, or performing other forestry services. Operate a rubber-tired or crawler-type tractor or other heavy motorized equipment such as a grader, front-end loader, or backhoe. Lubricate equipment, fuel equipment, adjust equipment and make emergency repairs to equipment. Sow seeds, raise and transport seedlings in a tree bag, and discard substandard seedlings. Use a chainsaw, brush blade, or other hand-held equipment to remove excess trees and other vegetation. Determine which immature trees to leave for accelerated growth, depending on spacing, species, size, freedom from disease or other defect, and possible damage to remaining trees. Combat insects, pests, and diseases harmful to trees. Use a backpack sprayer or other hand held tools to spray or inject vegetation with insecticides to kill insects and to protect against disease, and with herbicides to reduce competing vegetation. May chip debris and move slash (wood debris) away from roads, fire trails and remaining trees. Excludes workers cutting mature trees. May plant tree seedlings by hand in specified pattern using mattock, planting hoe or dibble bar in case of mechanical failure. Confer with other workers to discuss issues such as safety. Workers who apply for and obtain an FLC or FLC employee certificate of registration with driving authorization by the USDOL Wage and Hour Division during the employment period may transport workers, count and check, and may be offered additional work hours. Job qualifications and requirements in this temporary job offer are consistent with other employers in the reforestation industry in the area of intended employment. These jobs involve propagating, protecting, and managing forest tracts. Drug free workplace. Drug testing may be conducted throughout the employment period at no cost to the worker.
Must be 18 years or older. Must lift and carry up to 50 lbs. Work is outdoors in extreme temperatures and adverse weather. Requires physical stamina. Extensive walking over rough terrain. Production standard of 8,000 seedlings mechanically planted per 8 hr day after one week of on the job training. Work schedule and locations dependent on weather conditions. Must pass drug screenings. Overnight travel required.
No education or experience required.
Place of Employment Information:
Work locations in AL, AR, LA, MS, OK, & TX. Work is itinerant. Workers must report to first worksite location at 198 Old Hwy 10, Sweet Water, AL 36782. See the attached itinerary for additional worksite locations.
Rate and Frequency of Pay:
Hourly wage range from $14.63 to $17.56, depending on location. Overtime range of pay of $21.95 to $26.34 per hour, depending on location.
Additional Wage Information:
Overnight travel is required. The employer will assist non-local workers in locating reasonably priced shared housing near the areas of employment and the employer will pay for the cost of that lodging to the extent that such costs would reduce pay below the offered wage rate for the area of intended employment. The employer will not reimburse the cost of alternate lodging for workers that do not stay in offered shared public accommodations with the rest of their crew. Non-mobile workers residing within the commuting area are not eligible for housing benefits.
Employer provides transportation between worksites. Transportation provided to daily worksites from a central location at no cost.
The employer will make all deductions from the worker paychecks as required by law.
Unless precluded by Congress, the employer will guarantee to offer employment for a total number of work hours equal to at least three-fourths of the workdays of each 12-week period of the total employment period; and, if the guarantee is not met, the employer will pay the worker what the worker would have earned if the employer had offered the guaranteed number of days.
Employer provides all tools, supplies and equipment required to perform the job at no cost.
A single workweek will be used as the standard for computing wages due and the beginning date of the pay period is Thursday.
U.S. workers hired in connection with this recruitment will be offered at least the same benefits, wages, and working conditions that are offered to visa holding workers.
The employer will provide or reimburse the reasonable one time inbound transportation expenses for all non-local workers to arrive at work on the first day from the point of recruitment plus a daily travel subsistence allowance for meals of a minimum of $12.46 per 24-hour travel period or up to the CONUS meal reimbursement rate of $55.00 when receipts are provided, and when necessary lodging, no later than in the first workweek. In the event that the DOL publishes a new subsistence rate applicable to any portion of the employment period covered by this job offer which is higher or lower, the employer may pay the lower rate at the employer’s discretion, beginning with the effective date of the published change. H-2B workers will be reimbursed no later than in the first workweek for all visa, visa processing, border crossing and other related government fees, excluding passport fees. The reasonable cost of return transportation and subsistence will be provided or paid for by the employer if the non-local worker completes the employment period or is dismissed early by the employer.
Employer may pay a piece rate of $7.00-$10.00 per acre planted correctly, or the prevailing wage in the area of intended employment, whichever is higher. If a piece rate does not result in average hourly piece rate earnings during the pay period at least equal to the amount the worker would have earned had the worker been paid at the hourly rate, the worker’s pay will be supplemented to increase the earnings to the equivalent hourly level.
SWA Contact Information:
Apply for this job at your nearest State Workforce Agency office or contact Demopolis Career Center, 1074 Bailey Drive Demopolis, AL at (334) 289-0202. This job offer is in connection with an H-2B application.