Farm workers plant, cultivate and harvest crops, raise livestock and poultry and maintain and repair farm equipment and buildings. This group includes operators of farm machinery. General farm workers are employed on crop, livestock, fruit, vegetable and specialty farms.
Agricultural workers typically do the following:
- Harvest and inspect crops by hand
- Irrigate farm soil and maintain ditches or pipes and pumps
- Operate and service farm machinery and tools
- Spray fertilizer or pesticide solutions to control insects, fungi, and weeds
- Move shrubs, plants, and trees with wheelbarrows or tractors
- Feed livestock and clean and disinfect their pens, cages, yards, and hutches
- Examine animals to detect symptoms of illnesses or injuries and administer vaccines to protect animals from diseases
- Use brands, tags, or tattoos to mark livestock in order to identify ownership and grade
- Herd livestock to pastures for grazing or to scales, trucks, or other enclosures
- Location: Carstairs, AB
- Salary: $15.25HOUR hourly for 32 to 48 hours per week
- Terms of employment: Permanent employment
- Day, Flexible Hours
- Start date: Start date 2021-08-01
- vacancies: 2 vacancies
No degree, certificate or diploma
5 years or more
- Specific Skills
- Plant, cultivate and irrigate crops; Operate and maintain farm machinery and equipment; Harvest crops; Fertilize and spray crops; Detect disease and health problems in crops, livestock and poultry
- Specific Skills – Field Crops
- Hand harvesting vegetables; Stone and/or wood picking
- Equipment and Machinery Experience
- Type of Farm Operations
- Other vegetables and melon farming (except potato)
- Type of Crops
- Cabbage; Cucumbers; Asparagus; Bell peppers; Field berries; Garlic; Onions; Cauliflowers; Soybeans; Strawberries; Sweet corn; Tomatoes; Zucchinis; Seed corn; Melons; Carrots
- Security and Safety
- Criminal record check
- Work Site Environment
- Outdoors; Wet/damp; Dusty; Hot; Cold/refrigerated
- Transportation/Travel Information
- Own transportation
- Work Conditions and Physical Capabilities
- Fast-paced environment; Repetitive tasks; Handling heavy loads; Physically demanding; Hand-eye co-ordination; Ability to distinguish between colours; Combination of sitting, standing, walking; Standing for extended periods; Bending, crouching, kneeling; Overtime required
- Work Location Information
- Rural area
- Landscape and Horticulture Technicians and Specialists Specific Skills
- Cleaning crop; Deleafing; Weeding; Shoot positioning; Greenhouse cleaning
How to apply
Intended job posting audience
Anyone who can legally work in Canada can apply for this job. If you are not currently authorized to work in Canada, the employer will not consider your job application
Injuries and Illnesses
Agricultural work can be dangerous. Although agricultural workers risk exposure to pesticides sprayed on crops or plants, improper exposure can be controlled if workers follow appropriate safety procedures. Tractors and other farm machinery can cause serious injuries, so workers must be constantly alert. Additionally, agricultural workers who work directly with animals risk being bitten or kicked.
Many agricultural workers have seasonal work schedules. Seasonal workers typically work longer periods during planting or harvesting times or when animals must be sheltered and fed.
Some agricultural workers, called migrant farmworkers, move from location to location as crops ripen. Their unsettled lifestyles and periods of unemployment between jobs can cause stress.
Agricultural workers typically receive on-the-job training. A high school diploma is not needed for most jobs as an agricultural worker; however, a high school diploma typically is needed for animal breeders.
Education and Training
Most agricultural workers do not need a high school diploma; however, a high school diploma typically is needed for animal breeders. Some jobs as an animal breeder may require obtaining postsecondary education.
Many agricultural workers receive short-term on-the-job training lasting up to a month. Employers instruct them on how to use simple farming tools and more complex machinery while following appropriate safety procedures. Agricultural equipment operators, however, may need more extensive training before being allowed to operate expensive farming equipment.