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They run this contract out of a logging camp, so the drives aren't excessive, and you don't have to bring your own dishes. Fran, the cook, is a dear. It cost $10 if you slept in a tent, and $25 if you slept in a room at the camp.
The only problem is that they don't seem to pay every two weeks (somebody please correct me if I'm wrong). I'd have more confidence saying that if I'd worked for them longer.
The 2016 season started May 5th, lasted until July 2nd. They did their burnpiles contracts in the first 3 shifts, rest was raw.
The company was split in a town crew (motel) and a camp crew, with each a foreman and a helper (checker and kinda foreman). I was in camp crew, the camp had everything needed, but we were only like 18-25 people, it was more cosy but don’t expect a huge party. Camp was 30 min from town so we had very little interaction with town crew.
We planted around 8 hours a day, prices were from 13-15 cents and the blocs were pretty good. The shitty pieces sometimes received 16 cents. The price had little to do with the difficulty but more with the biding: we had pretty bad stuff for 13 cents and some sand shows at 14 cents. I did around 300$/day average and the company average would have been around 240$.
Even if days were an average of 11 hours portal to portal, the pay sheet says 10h/day. We have to fill our pay sheets ourselves which was weird. Camp takedown was unpaid and not helping resulted in a worse (as in long walk in for a greener piece) piece for the next 2 shifts. Also, they pay us at the end of the contract with a mailed check which I know is illegal but nobody seemed to complain about so I went with it. We could however ask for advances every 2 shifts. I didn’t ask for any and received my full pay, it was like 20$ under my maths, but it might have been my mistake on my side.
Due to drivers drinking in the vehicles we weren’t allowed to take company trucks to go to town on night off and day off, thankfully a lot of planters had their own trucks, but it still sucks cause town was far and gas ain’t cheap.
Their vehicles were old and dusty but they worked. Only had a problem once.
Food was good, with vegan options, except on days off, where you eat BLT for breakfast or BLT without bacon ... Food in general was not exceptional but it was good and with no limitations.
Shifts were 4-1, but we had some weird 2 days shifts and one short day due to cold weather, which was a good call considering half the crew was freezing at their cache.
It happened only once to not have trees and everyone had to move around from cache to cache to find who had any left, which was so so. I always had a piece to plant in and never waited for it.
Specs were honestly very low, rarely has anyone replanted, and we weren’t top notch. We planted 8 and 9 for density which was nice. We had to beg for flag though, as they usually gave us 1 roll per 800 trees. At first it was a struggle but by the end I figured to see the small pieces of flag.
All in all, money was very good, people were nice (as expected in planting I guess), but a couple of weird things can make them seem a bit sketchy.
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