H2A Applications in Michigan - 2012

Potential 2012 H2A Jobs in Michigan

Updated 9/13/2012

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Several agricultural employers have submitted job orders that may result in them being granted permission to bring foreign “guestworkers” into the U.S. under the federal H2A program.  To be approved to use H2A guestworkers, the employers have to show that they have been unsuccessful in locating sufficient numbers of qualified U.S. applicants for the jobs.  They must keep the “H2A jobs” open to all qualified U.S. workers through the end of the designated recruitment period.

U.S. citizens and immigrants with work authorization have the right to apply for these jobs.  If the employer finds enough qualified U.S. citizens or residents for the jobs, then they will not need to bring guestworkers into the U.S.  The employer must provide free housing to any worker who is not from the local area.  All jobs listed below offer 40 hours per week, unless otherwise noted.

All eligible workers, including migrant and seasonal farmworkers who apply for these jobs, have the legal right to the same terms and conditions that foreign guestworkers are promised.  Until the designated recruitment period ends, employers must accept all referrals of eligible domestic workers referred by the state workforce agency, Michigan Works!

This means that domestic workers in the U.S. should receive the following benefits:

· Hourly wage as noted below in each job order

· Free and licensed housing if the worker does not live within commuting distance

· A guarantee that the employer will comply with all H2A program requirements

· Workers compensation insurance

· The cost of travel from the place of recruitment to the job site, after completing 50% of the contract period

· The cost of travel back home, after completing the contract period

· A record of the amount of work performed and amount paid, including deductions

Farmworker Legal Services will counsel H2A workers about their rights under their contracts, as well as advise U.S. workers who are not given a chance to obtain the H2A jobs that the law permits them to obtain. 



City and County

Positions Available

Type of Work

Period of Employment

Recruitment Period Ends

Hourly Pay

Michigan Job Order Number

Parran’s Berry Farm

Ida – Monroe County


“Field Laborer”: Manually plant, cultivate and harvest fruit and vegetables.

3/1/2012 to 10/31/2012

July 1, 2012



Fogler's Orchard & Farm

Rochester – Oakland County


Farmworker: Tending and harvesting vegetables and flowers in the greenhouse and field

3/26/2012 to 10/31/2012

July 13, 2012

$11.00    (48 hours per week)


Jim Hoffman’s Sons

Petoskey – Emmet County


Nursery Worker: planting, cultivating, and performing other tasks related to nursery work

3/15/2012 to 11/15/2012

July 15, 2012



Northern Nursery

Luce, Bay, Leelanau, and Osceola Counties


Nursery worker, tree farm

3/30/2012 to 10/31/2012

July 15, 2012



Lucas Nursery

South Boardman – Kalkaska County


Nursery Worker, including planting, pruning, and operating farm equipment

3/19/2012 to 11/14/2012

July 17, 2012



Lucas Nursery

Wayne & Washtenaw Counties


Nursery Worker: planting, cultivating, harvesting, and transplanting trees, shrubs & plants

3/19/2012 to 11/14/2012

July 17, 2012



Peggy’s Gardening Inc.

Petoskey – Emmet County


Nursery Worker: Plants, cultivates and maintains plants

3/15/2012 to 12/01/2012

July 23, 2012



Richard Hoffman Landscaping Inc.

Petoskey – Emmet County


Nursery Worker: may operate tractor or other equipment

3/25/2012 to 12/01/2012

July 28, 2012



Litzenburger Landscape

Harbor Springs – Emmet County


Nursery Worker

3/30/2012 to 11/30/2012

July 30, 2012



Kunkel Onion Farms

Eaton Rapids – Eaton County


Farm worker / Onions: pull weeds, harvest, packing

4/1/2012 to 12/01/2012

August 1, 2012



John Hoffman & Sons Landscaping & Nurseries

Petoskey – Emmet County; also Otsego County


Nursery Worker: planting, cultivating, and performing other  manual and machine tasks related to nursery work

3/28/2012 to 12/08/2012

August 2, 2012



Dutchman Tree Farms

Manton – Missaukee County


Christmas Tree Farmworker

4/3/2012 to 12/10/2012

August 6, 2012



Bluff Gardens

Harbor Springs – Emmet County


Farm worker – fruits and vegetables; maintenance

4/12/2012 to 12/10/2012

August 10, 2012



Oliver Farms

Macomb – Macomb County


Farm worker: machinery operation; plant, seed, cultivate, harvest, fertilize, and pick produce

5/1/2012 to 11/20/2012

August 10, 2012



Lynn Mayer’s Great Lakes Glads

Bronson – Branch County


Harvesting gladiolus, bouquet processing, harvesting sunflowers

6/11/2012 to 10/15/2012

August 13, 2012



Maroa Farms

Coldwater – Branch County


Greenhouse worker: cultivating and harvesting tomatoes

5/14/2012 to 11/23/2012

August 18, 2012

$10.78 (47.5 hours per week)


Bill’s Farm Market

Petoskey – Emmet County


Farm worker on variety of crops: vegetables, Christmas trees

6/6/2012 to 12/1/2012

September 3, 2012



Dutchman Tree Farms

Manton – Missaukee County


Christmas Tree Farmworker

10/1/2012 to 12/10/2012

November 5, 2012



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