Worker will be required to perform a variety of duties related to the production of corn, alfalfa hay, grass hay, potatoes, sugar beets and small grains.
The majority of the work activities during the overall contract period, however, will be related to general farm work/irrigation/crop production.
General Farm Work will include the following responsibilities: maintain, drive, attach and operate farm implements/tractors/equipment to till soil, plant, cultivate, fertilize and harvest crops; make minor mechanical adjustments and repairs on farm machinery; may mix and/or spray chemicals (according to appropriate restrictive use laws, when/if applicable); remove undesirable and excess growth from crops or farm grounds; remove rocks from field; paint farm structures; perform general cleanup of farm areas; drive, load/unload farm trucks; transport crops from field to storage and/or to market; operate motor bike or all-terrain vehicle in the course of performing duties.
Irrigation duties will include the following: Hand lines: connect pipes; check alignment of pipe and adjust for proper water distribution; attach lines to water supply; turn on pump; turn valves to start flow of water; disassemble lines and carry pipes across fields at specified intervals; move pipes through freshly irrigated crops and/or plowed fields where mud may be deep at times; lift and carry pipe sections weighing approximately 40 pounds on a sustained basis. Wheel lines: start gasoline engines and operate controls to move lines across fields at specified intervals.
Other Irrigation Duties: remove pipes/wheel lines from storage and lay out/place in predetermined patterns in fields; lubricate, adjust, repair and replace parts such as sprinkler heads and drive chains using hand tools; observe revolving sprinklers and adjust to ensure proper operation and uniform distribution of water; disassemble, service and store pipes/mainlines/wheel lines after irrigation season.
Duties related to the Harvesting of Potatoes will include the following: Will apply techniques as instructed by the employer to: remove rocks from rows in front of harvesting equipment; discard diseased/rotting product, rocks and foreign matter; operate piler; alert equipment operator of equipment clogging/malfunctions; aid operator in correct machine performance.
Applicants must have 20 days experience with farm/irrigation work and provide the contact information of at least one reference who can verify experience and performance.
Applicants hired must be able to obtain a valid drivers license as driving on public roads may be required and must be insurable according to employer’s insurance carrier.
To meet minimum acceptable performance standards when irrigating, the worker must, after a 10-day conditioning period, move an average of at least 48 40-foot sections
of 3-inch pipe or 44 40-foot sections of 4-inch pipe per hour under normal working conditions.