Agriculture Worker, H-2A Job Order 1

Job Description:

AGRICULTURAL WORKER, X38, - TOPPENISH, H2A

This is an H-2A job order for organic and conventional hops

This H-2A job opportunity is limited to qualified, available workers that are currently eligible to work in the United States, per federal regulation.

Use power equipment including but not limited to: tractors, planters, mowers, plows, sprayers, cultivators, power shears, chain saws, high lifts, fork lifts, skid loaders. Must operate agricultural equipment safely, with or without direction. Repeated failure to obey safety requirements and operating instructions may result in termination. 

Hops

Drip Tubing Removal and Repair: Workers will manually remove drip tubing from the hop plants and place it in the center of the row. The tubing will then be rolled up via a “roller” attached to a tractor PTO. After drip tubing is rolled back out into the field, workers will manually move the tubing back to the plant. Workers will walk down the rows, or drive an ATV down the rows, and check for drip tubing that is leaking water. Workers will then cut the damaged portion of tubing off and re-attach with a coupler. 

Irrigation system Installation: A group of employees may be asked to assist with installation of new irrigation systems. This job entails laying out PVC pipe, cutting pvc pipe, and gluing pvc pipe. Work will also include backfilling trenches with shovels. 

Trellis Installation/Repair:

1. Workers will clean pre-augured holes with shovels;

2. Layout 20’ hop poles in new field. Poles will be loaded on truck and dumped off side rack.

Poles may be lowered into augured hole off the back of the truck if easier.

3. Raise 20’ hop poles and secure in a pre-augured hole. Workers will be paired in teams to assist in determining if pole is vertically straight. Holes will be filled with dirt and tamped with shovel.

4. During repair function, broken or damaged poles will be removed. A new hole augured and a new pole installed in the same manner.

5. During repair function, workers must ensure all hop poles are vertically straight and tamped with shovel into place.

6. New 22” anchor poles will be installed in the same manner.

7. Workers may be asked to attach 3/8 and 5/8 cable to anchor bridle with wire clamps.

8. Workers may be required to work on a twining platform approximately 15 feet off the ground.

9. Workers working on the platform will be responsible for stapling wire to hop poles with a hammer.

10. At least one worker per trellis repair crew will be responsible for operating a tractor.

11. Workers will de-bark some hop poles with a machete. Approximately four feet of the base of the pole will be cleaned of bark.

12. Install anchor rocks. Anchor rocks are large pieces of cement with a rod attached. The cement rocks are buried about 6 feet underground. The holes are dug with a tractor. After the hole is dug employees will push anchor rock into hole and “set it” while the tractor operator fills the hole in.

13. Workers may be assigned to laying out cable. Rolls of cable will be attached to a tractor implement. The cable will be tied to one end of the field. The tractor driver will drive the tractor across the field and layout the cable. The cable will then be cut to the appropriate length.

Clipping: Employees will be assigned to a twining crew and tasked with affixing twine in the ground with a metal rod. The string is affixed into the ground with a clip that’s pushed into the ground about 8 inches. This job is extremely labor-intensive, requiring repetitive movements, extensive walking, bending, and stooping.

Workers may drive/operate tractors. Workers will be instructed in safety and operation of the tractor before driving tractor. Tractors should be driven in a manner to protect operator, other workers, products, trees, crops and equipment. Repeated failure to obey safety requirements and operating instructions may result in termination.

Van Drivers: Employees who possess or are able to obtain within 30 days following hire a valid, insurable driver’s licenses, may be asked to transport H-2A employees living in housing to and from the worksite. Van drivers must have, or be able to obtain within 30 days after hire, a valid, insurable driver’s license and show proficiency in operating a motor vehicle, and must provide a driving abstract or motor vehicle record (MVR) from their country of hire.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

3 months of experience in performing trellis installation and clipping in commercial hops

production.

Ability to lift and carry 80 lbs.

Workers must possess valid insurable driver’s license

HOURS/DAYS/SCHEDULE

Contract period April 9, 2022 to May 8, 2022

Working 40 hours, 7 hours a day M-F and 5 hours on Saturday required

SALARY/WAGE/BENEFITS:

No work will be performed at less than the AEWR of $17.41 AEWR

The payroll period shall be weekly.

The employer will furnish, without charge, all tools, supplies and personal protective equipment required in the performance of the specified work.

Employer provided housing/kitchen facilities are available for employees who are unable to reasonably return to their place of residence the same day. 

Transportation costs to the job site for domestic workers from outside the local commuting distance of the job site will be reimbursed by the employer after 50% of the contract period. In order to comply with the FLSA, the employer will advance any amount owed prior to the first paycheck. Workers who do not complete 50% of the contract will have the advance deducted from their final paycheck.

Transportation costs from the job site to the workers home will be provided to those domestic workers that complete the entire contract period.

Employer guarantees to offer employment for the hourly equivalent of 3/4 or 75% of the workdays of the work contract beginning with the first day of work.

Full employment description of employer benefits is available from the employer.

CLOSING DATE/DEADLINE

Employer will accept referrals until April 24, 2022

HOW TO APPLY/REQUEST A REFERRAL

This employer has asked WorkSource to refer only fully qualified applicants for this job. If you would like to request a referral, please contact any WorkSource office for detailed instructions on how to apply.

WorkSource is an equal opportunity employer and provider of employment and training services. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to persons with disabilities.

In view of the statutorily established basic function of the ES as a no-fee labor exchange, that is, as a forum for bringing together employers and job seekers, neither the ETA nor the SWAs are guarantors of the accuracy or truthfulness of information contained on job orders submitted by employers. Nor does any job order accepted or recruited upon by the ES constitute a contractual job offer to which the ETA or a SWA is in any way a party.

Washington Relay Services: 711

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Posted on February 14, 2022