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Forest & Conservation Workers

at Superior Forestry Service, Inc. in Russellville, Arkansas, United States

Job Description

Work schedule is 8 hours per day Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM, 40 hours per week. 

Employer may offer more than the stated work hours, depending on weather, business needs, and other conditions. Extreme heat, cold, rain, or drought may affect working hours. 

Overtime may be offered and, if worked, will be paid at time and one half the regular hourly rate.

A single workweek will be used to compute wages due. Workers are paid on Friday.

Job duties/description:

Superior Forestry Service, Inc. is now hiring 384 Forest & Conservation Workers to work in 1320 E. Main Street Russellville, AR 72801 and multiple worksites within AR, AL, FL, GA, LA, OK, MS, NC, SC,  & TX from 11/16/2021 to 8/15/2022. Under supervision, perform manual labor necessary to develop, maintain, or protect forests, forested areas, woodlands and remote utility right of ways through such activities as hand and machine planting, transporting tree seedlings, hand and machine planting, nursery and applying herbicides. Plant bare-root or containerized trees using a shovel, hoe dad, dibble bar, or hoe. Transport trees in a tree bag. Dig holes at pre-determined intervals and insert seedling. Tamp soil around plant with foot and planting tool. Select optimum planting location to meet spacing, soil and shade requirements. Bare soil. Apply unrestricted repellent to seedlings under supervision of a licensed applicator. Spray or inject vegetation with herbicides to reduce competing vegetation to maintain forest tracts and to remove and to inhibit excess vegetation along power lines using backpack sprayer or other hand-held equipment. Confer with other workers to discuss issues such as safety. Workers who apply for and obtain an FLC or FLCE certificate of registration with driving authorized by the USDOL Wage and Hour Division during the employment period may transport workers, count and check, and may be offered additional work hours. These jobs involve propagating, protecting, and managing forest tracts. Drug free workplace. Drug testing may be conducted throughout the employment period at no cost to the worker.

Special Requirements:

Must be 18 years or older. Requires physical stamina. Work is in adverse weather. Must lift and carry 50 lbs. Extensive walking over rough terrain. Production standard of 2000 trees correctly planted per 8 hour day after one week of on the job training. Production standard 8,000 seedlings mechanically planted per 8 hr day after one week of on the job training. Work schedule and locations dependent on weather conditions. Must pass drug screenings. 

Experience/Education:

No education or experience required.

Place of Employment Information:   

Work locations in 1320 E. Main Street Russellville, AR 72801 and multiple worksites within AR, AL, FL, GA, LA, OK, MS, NC, SC,  & TX. Employer will offer daily transportation to and from the worksite from a centralized designated pick-up place at a reasonable cost to worker.  The use of this transportation is voluntary.  Employer provides incidental transport between job sites. Work is itinerant. Workers must report to first worksite location at 1320 E. Main Street, Russellville AR.  See the attached itinerary for additional worksite locations.

 

 

 

 Rate and Frequency of Pay:

Wage rate ranges from $10.78 to $21.04 per hour, depending on location. Overtime hours vary and rate varies from $16.17 to $31.56 per hour depending on location.

 

Employer may pay a piece rate of $15.00-$100.00 per 1000 tree seedlings planted correctly, or the prevailing wage in the area of intended employment, whichever is higher.  or applicable piece rate, whichever is higher.

If a piece rate does not result in average hourly piece rate earnings during the pay period at least equal to the amount the worker would have earned had the worker been paid at the hourly rate, the worker’s pay will be supplemented to increase the earnings to the equivalent hourly level.

Frequency: weekly

Additional Wage Information:

Optional lodging facilities are equally available to foreign and non-local workers from outside normal commuting distance at no charge to the workers.

 

U.S. workers hired in connection with this recruitment will be offered at least the same benefits, wages, and working conditions that are offered to visa holding workers.

 

Employer pays in advance or reimburses workers in the first workweek for all government-mandated and visa-related fees (excluding passport fees). For non-local workers (i.e., residing outside normal commuting distance), employer  reimburses inbound travel costs no later than upon completion of the first half of the contract (the 50 percent point). Inbound travel includes transportation costs from worker’s permanent residence or place of recruitment to the place of employment, a daily subsistence for meals, and reasonable lodging costs, if applicable. Subsistence reimbursements based on rates specified in the Federal Register (currently $13.17 per day minimum, or $55.00 per day maximum for workers with acceptable receipts). Transportation reimbursements based on worker’s actual cost, not to exceed the most economical common carrier transportation costs for distances involved.  Employer provides or pays outbound travel costs to same workers upon completion of the contract period or early dismissal, except where the worker has subsequent employment.

Employer guarantees to offer hours equal to at least three-fourths of the workdays in each 12-week period of the total contract period, beginning with the first workday after the worker arrives at the place of employment and ending on the contract end date or any extension thereof. Employer may count all hours worked, as well as any hours offered within the standard work schedule that a worker chooses to not work, up to the maximum number of daily hours on the job order.

Workers who voluntarily abandon employment are not entitled to payment for outbound travel costs or the full three-fourths period guarantee described above.

Employer will provide without charge  all tools, supplies and equipment necessary to perform duties assigned.

Employer makes all payroll deductions required by law. Employer does not envision other workforce-wide payroll deductions. Voluntary deductions must be pre-authorized in writing and may include, but are not limited to  the following: payroll advances or loans, optional daily commuting charges, optional health insurance. Voluntary advances and/or loans made to workers, if any, may be repaid by pre-authorized payroll deductions.  Daily transportation to and from the worksite from a centralized designated pick-up place will be offered at a reasonable cost to workers.  The use of this transportation is voluntary.  The employer offers optional employee health insurance to its workers; participation in any such plan is voluntary.         

Type of Job: Full-time, Temporary

Minimum Age: 18

Education Level: No Minimum Education Requirement

Near Public Transportation: Yes

SWA Contact Information:

This job offer is in connection with an H-2B application.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Order:

The referring State Workforce Agency (SWA) office is responsible for informing applicants of the terms and conditions of employment. The SWA should refer only qualified applicants who are able, willing, and available for the contract period. Employer accepts applicants and referrals directly from all sources. Employer makes all employment offers in its sole discretion. Applicants must possess documentation to complete a Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification.

Apply with employer at: ‍Arkansas Department of Workforce Services (501) 371-1023, or apply at: Arkansas Workforce Center at Russellville, 104 South Rochester, Russellville, AR 72811, (479) 968-2784.

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Job Posting: 2993242

Posted On: Aug 25, 2021

Updated On: Aug 26, 2021