Farming is much more complex than many people realize. The farm workers maintain the quality of farms, crops, and livestock by operating machinery and doing physical labor.
Farmers might raise crops, livestock, poultry, fish and shellfish, or produce dairy products, ornamental plants or nursery products. Some farmers raise both crops and livestock or produce food for their animals on the farm. Each type of farming requires specialized skills and knowledge.
General duties of a farm worker include operating farm equipment, tractors, and forklifts; and maintaining all aspects of the ranch, from animal care to land care. There are no specific education requirements that need to be listed on the resumes of Farm Workers, and nearly all Farm Workers learn at least some of their skills while on the job.
Farm Worker Job Description
• Prepare land for cultivation.
• Harvest and inspect crops by hand.
• Irrigate farm soil and maintain ditches or pipes and pumps
• Identify plants, pests, and weeds to determine the selection and application of pesticides and fertilizers.
• Record information about crops, such as pesticide use, yields, or costs.
• Inform farmers or farm managers of crop progress.
• Load agricultural products into trucks, and drive trucks to market or storage facilities.
• Set up and operate irrigation equipment.
• Apply pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers to crops
• Herd sheep for shearing and keep mobs separate during shearing.
• Replace dead plants in field with new ones.
• Repair broken irrigation pipes.
• Shovel, sweep, and otherwise clean the work
• Perform maintenance and repair of farm fences and farm buildings.
• Operate farm tractors to bush hog and make hay.
• Repair and replace defected farm equipment.
• Inspect and report the conditions of the livestock.
• Provide the livestock with feed and water.
• Drive livestock to milking and shearing sheds
• Clean stables and hatcheries, store bedding and perform minor repairs on fixtures, buildings and fences