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Vermont Department of Labor Farm Workers & Laborers in Cornwall, Vermont

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All applicants must be able, willing and qualified to perform the work described in this job description and must be available for the entire period of employment from August 25, 2023 to November 1, 2023. This work order is for qualified people to perform the duties of general orchard work and harvesting produce in an apple orchard. Workers must have the knowledge and ability to prune, thin and train apple trees, and be willing to work in varied weather conditions during harvest as high as 90 degrees with damp fall mornings. Workers must be able to handle and climb a 20-foot ladder repetitively while carrying an apple picking bucket which is harnessed over the workers shoulders. Other duties will include picking rocks to prepare soil for planting, training and pruning apple trees, driving tractor, picking up brush from orchard floor, repairing broken bins, and planting and watering trees. Workers may work in a packing house and drive truck to remove apple bins from the outlying orchards at harvest time. The employer will provide 1 day of training and allow 2 days of work for the worker to reach production standards. When harvesting apples, productivity must be at least 60 1-1/8 bushel boxes per 7 hours worked with no more than 5% bruising for fresh market. Work requires long periods of standing, bending and kneeling. Workers must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds and be available to work Monday through Saturday. Employer will furnish to workers without cost all tools and equipment required to perform duties assigned. Worker will be given 30 minutes for lunch. Beginning and ending times will vary depending on the conditions in the orchard. Workers must be able to take directions in simple English.

Employer will not provide meals. Workers will purchase and prepare food in the employer\'s provided or secured housing in a fully equipped kitchen free of charge. Employer will provide transportation in ONE OF TWO 11 passengers seater Ford Club Wagon van once a week at no cost to the worker to take care of personal errands, such as to the grocery store to purchase food, Moneygram, Western Union, and any other incidentals. This once per week transportation is NOT available to US Domestic workers who are not residing at the employer-provided housing. 20 CFR655.122(h)(3)

The employer will reimburse the H-2A worker in the first workweek for all visa, visa processing, border crossing, and other related fees, including those mandated by the government, incurred by the H-2A worker. If the worker completes 50% of the work contract period, employer will reimburse the worker for transportation and subsistence from the place of recruitment to the place of work. Upon completion of the work contract or where the worker is dismissed earlier, employer will provide or pay for workers reasonable costs of return transportation and subsistence back home or to the place the worker originally departed to work, except where the worker will not return due to subsequent employment with another employer. The amount of transportation payment or reimbursement will be equal to the most economical and reasonable common carrier for the distance involved. At the port of entry, the workers will be provided at no cost ground transportation by common carrier to place of employment. And such transportation will be provided to the worker on their return trip to their country of origin. Daily subsistence will be provided at a rate of \$14.00 per day during travel to a maximum of \$59.00 per day with receipts.