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Farm Worker

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Job Details
Job Order Number
467384
Company Name
Jeffrey & Owen Smith, Inc.
Physical Address
1407 STATE RD
Mapleton, ME 04757
Job Description

Temporary, full time work September 8, 2020 to October 23, 2020.
This job requires a minimum of 3 months of verifiable agricultural experience working in a fruit farm or vegetable farm handling manual tasks. Applicants must be able to furnish verifiable job reference(s) or comparable third party documentation from recent employer(s) establishing acceptable prior experience. Workers must be able to perform manual tasks with accuracy and efficiency.

Harvest and sort potatoes. Sort potatoes on conveyor belt, removing the damaged potatoes and foreign materials by hand. Maintain clean working environment, shoveling dirt and other debris from work area. Bending, stooping and kneeling required. Lift, carry, and load/unload products or supplies. Clean potato harvester of debris and assist the harvester operator with any breakdown, if necessary.

Work is done in the field for long periods of time. Workers may assist in handling product weighing up to 60 pounds and lifting to a height of 5 feet. Workers must work on their feet in bent positions for long periods of time. Work requires repetitive movements and extensive walking.

Work required in fields when plants are wet with dew and rain, and may be required during light rain, snow, moderate winds, direct sun, high humidity and extreme temperatures. Temperatures in fields during working hours can range from 30 to over 100 degrees F. Workers may be required to work during occasional showers not severe enough to stop field operations. Allergies to ragweed, goldenrod, honey bees, insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, or related chemicals may affect a workers ability to perform the job. Workers should be able to do the work required with or without reasonable accommodations.

Employer-paid post-hire drug testing is required upon reasonable suspicion of use and after a worker has an accident at work.

Persons seeking employment in this position must be available for the entire period requested by the employer. Applicants must be able to furnish verifiable job reference(s) or comparable third party documentation from recent employer(s) establishing acceptable prior experience. All workers will be subject to a trial period of up to five days during which the employer will evaluate workers’ performance of required tasks. Employer reserves the right to terminate a worker if the employer reasonably finds worker’s performance during the trial period to be unacceptable.

Employer reserves the right to discharge an obviously unqualified worker, malingerer or recalcitrant worker who is physically able but is unwilling to perform the work necessary for the employer to grow a premium quality product, or for any other lawful reason.

Raises and/or bonuses may be offered to any seasonal worker employed pursuant to this job order, at the company’s sole discretion, based on individual factors including work performance, skill, and tenure.

All terms and conditions included in the job order will apply equally to all workers, both U.S. workers and H-2A workers, employed in the occupation described in this job order.

Employer may request, but not require, workers to work more than 10.25 hours per day and/or on a workers Sabbath or federal holidays. Workers will have an unpaid lunch break. Worker must report to work at designated time and place each day. Work schedule may vary due to weather, sunlight, temperature, crop conditions, and other factors. Employer will notify workers in advance of any change to start time.

DEDUCTIONS. Employer will make all deductions required by law (e.g., FICA, federal/state tax withholdings, court-ordered child support, etc.). Workers must pre-authorize voluntary deductions, which may include repayment of advances and/or loans, health insurance premiums, retirement plan contributions, and/or payment of cell phone, cable/satellite TV, internet or other service(s) for worker’s convenience and benefit. All deductions will comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and applicable state law. Workers must obtain employer’s permission to make personal long distance phone calls on employer’s phone. Making a personal long distance phone call constitutes consent by the worker for employer to deduct the cost of such call from worker’s pay. Worker must promptly confirm such authorization in writing.
This job requires a minimum of 3 months of verifiable agricultural experience working in a fruit farm or vegetable farm handling manual tasks. Applicants must be able to furnish verifiable job reference(s) or comparable third party documentation from recent employer(s) establishing acceptable prior experience. Workers must be able to perform manual tasks with accuracy and efficiency. Saturday work required. Must be able to lift/carry 60 lbs. Employer-paid post-hire drug testing may be required.
Housing provided only to non-local workers (i.e. permanent residence outside normal commuting distance). Only workers may occupy housing. Employer provides separate sleeping and bathroom facilities for each gender. Employer possesses and controls premises at all times. Workers must vacate housing promptly at end of contract period or upon termination, in accordance with state law.
Employer does not provide meals. Employer-provided housing includes free and convenient cooking and kitchen facilities with appropriate equipment, appliances, cooking accessories, and dishwashing facilities for meal preparation. For workers residing in employer-provided housing, employer also provides free transportation once per week to/from closest town or city for personal errands (e.g., groceries, banking services). Dining, kitchen/cooking facilities and other common areas shared by all workers. In the event that kitchen facilities become unavailable during the contract period, employer will provide three daily meals in accordance with 20 CFR 655.122(g). In such circumstances, employer will deduct the cost of such meals up to the maximum allowable amount published in the Federal Register (currently $12.68 per day), or as otherwise approved by the U.S. Department of Labor.
For workers residing in employer-provided housing, employer provides, at no cost to workers, daily transportation to and from the worksite. Use of employer-provided transportation is voluntary. Daily transportation to/from the worksite not available to workers who do not reside in employer-provided housing. Local workers and workers who decline employer-provided housing responsible for own daily transportation. Employer provides, at no cost, incidental transportation between worksites.
Employer pays/reimburses foreign workers for all visa-related costs (excluding passport fees) in the first workweek. For non-commuting workers, employer pays/reimburses reasonable travel costs (transportation, daily subsistence, and lodging if applicable) from the place worker departed to the employer’s place of employment.
. Meal Reimbursement Daily Minimum [F.3] $12.68
Meal Reimbursement Daily Max with Receipts [F.3] $55.00


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