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BAUSCH POTATOES INC Irrigator in WHITEHALL, Montana

Temporary full time position from 4/1/2021 to 12/1/2021Job duties may require split and/or straight shifts depending on crop demands, such as 4:30 to 08:30 AM and 6:00 to 10:00 PM. Work hours may vary and there may be periods when little or no work will be available due to weather, time of year, and the requirements of the cropping program. Worker will be required to perform a variety of duties related to the production of alfalfa, wheat, and potatoes. The majority of the work activities during the overall contract period, however, will be related to Irrigation. Applicants must have 20 days experience with farm/irrigation work. Applicants hired must be able to obtain a valid drivers license as driving on public roads may be required. 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.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; remove undesirable and excess growth from crops or farm grounds; remove rocks from field; paint/repair farm structures; replace/repair fencing; perform general clean up of farm areas; drive, load/unload trucks; 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; shovel or hoe soil to clear ditches/furrows and build embankments to appropriately channel water. Duties related to the Cutting/Sorting of Seed Potatoes will include the following: Will apply techniques as instructed by the employer to cut and sort potatoes by: using knife to cut potato into sections; place potatoes on machine that cuts potatoes into sections; push button to start machinery; tend/ monitor machine to insure proper movement of product; discard diseased/rotting/inferior product and foreign matter; report malfunctions; general cleanup.Duties related to the Packing of Produce will include the following: Will apply techniques as instructed by the employer to: sort produce according to grade, color and size; discard diseased/rotting/inferior product and foreign matter; clean up around conveyors and worksite; place produce in containers or on designated conveyors; select cappers.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; alert equipment operator of equipment clogging/malfunctions; aid operator in correct machine performance.Worker will be required to perform a variety of duties related to the production of alfalfa, wheat, and potatoes. The majority of the work activities during the overall contract period, however, will be r

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