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Published on Sep 29 2023

Field Worker (wine Grapes)

$17.51  per hour
Visa required: H-2A
From Feb 15, 2023 to Nov 3, 2023


Rating: 5 out of 5 (3 reviews)

Mt Harlan Vineyard: 1314 Limekiln Rd.
Paicines, CA 95043
United States

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Job description

Field Workers to perform the following duties:  

Vineyard Work: 
Suckering by hand – removal of any extra unwanted shoots on cordons/canes, trunks, removal of any short canes and shoots from the cordon/cane 
Hand Pruning: Pruning with Shears by hand. 
Hand Tying: Tying by hand or using a hand held tying machine. 
Canopy management by hand – moving wires to position shoots within the trellis system to maintain a vertical growing grapevine 
Leafing and lateral removal by hand – removing leaves from the fruit zone during the growing season; removing lateral growth from the canes within the fruit zone and growing canopy 
Weed control by hand – using mechanical string trimmer for weed abatement and or a shovel (long-handled) to cut weeds from under the vines and for weed control around slopes of vineyards and along adjacent roads 
Crop thinning by hand – removal of clusters during specific times of year to enhance fruit quality 
Irrigation - check the irrigation lines and repair any leaks 
Property Maintenance - clean up trash, downed limbs of trees, water line maintenance and repair/install fence 
Tractor Driving - drive tractors provided by grower to cultivate the soil, mow, harvest, and apply seed, compost and pesticides 
Bird Control - apply and remove bird netting by walking and lifting 
Planting vines – Digging holes with a shovel, planting vines in the holes 
Erosion Control - apply erosion prevention materials and repair roads and soil after rain events using a tractor or shovel 
Trellis & irrigation installation & maintenance 
Vine, trellis & irrigation removal 
Vertebrate pest control - trapping and exclusion techniques 
Equipment repair & maintenance 
Apply and remove shade cloth 

 Vineyard (Wine grape) Harvest: 
Work in grape vineyards all season through harvest, including the wine-grape harvest work of cutting grape bunches off of grape vines and into a tub/lug, then the tub/lug then dumped into a bin/gondola. Other incidental harvest work includes weed control and property maintenance, leaf removal, suckering, crop thinning, hedging, tally sheet recording, and picking with a machine harvester. Use sharp picking shears, standing and kneeling on ground to pick fruit. General, non-harvest, vineyard work including the preparing the soil, erecting trellis and irrigation equipment, repairing trellis and irrigation equipment, pruning and training vines, lifting and lowering catch wires, positioning shoots, applying and removing bird netting, and controlling pests/diseases with regular spraying and trapping. Daily work requires lifting, bending, kneeling, walking and carrying up to 50 pound trays.  Work in cold, hot, windy and damp weather. Work hours vary and night shifts may be required. 
Works as a member of a crew, or individually performing moderately complex tasks. Use standard tools such as rakes, hoes and shovels.  

Workers may occasionally and/or sporadically perform duties associated with and directly related to wine grape vineyard and harvest work including but not limited to packing, closing/stacking boxes in and around the vineyard, and clean-up functions in and around the vineyard. Such work will be temporary and insubstantial agricultural labor.  

The workers will not be using a hoe, neither a long-handled hoe (longer than 6 feet) nor a short-handled hoe (shorter than 4 feet). For the task of weed control, the workers will primarily use weed eaters and shovels. As the weed eaters are 6 feet long, the workers will not be using the weed eaters in a stooped, kneeling, or squatting position.

Special Requirements

Minimum Job Qualifications:
1 month of experience working with wine grapes including pre-harvest work and harvest work.. Specific requirements include lifting up to 50 pounds frequently and able to use hand tools, including cutting knives. Must be able to work under conditions where skin and clothing become heavily soiled with mud, water, grease, etc. Must be able to work outdoors in inclement weather conditions, including rain, cold, high winds, etc. Work involves frequent bending and working in bent or stooped positions. Must be able to walk and stand up extensively. No smoking, alcohol, firearms in the field or residential housing.

Employer Contact Info


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