2017 Agricultural Workers
Median Pay: US$20,090
Entry Level: See How to Become One
Summary
Agricultural workers maintain the quality of farms, crops, and livestock by operating machinery and doing physical labor under the supervision of farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers.
Duties

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
  • 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
  • Administer vaccines to protect animals from diseases

The following are examples of types of agricultural workers:

Crop, nursery, and greenhouse farmworkers and laborers perform numerous tasks related to growing and harvesting grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and other crops. They plant, seed, prune, irrigate, and harvest crops, and pack and load them for shipment.

Farmworkers also apply pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers to crops. They repair fences and some farm equipment.

Nursery and greenhouse workers prepare land or greenhouse beds for growing horticultural products such as trees, plants, flowers, and sod. They also plant, water, prune, weed, and spray the plants. They may cut, roll, and stack sod; stake trees; tie, wrap, and pack plants to fill orders; and dig up or move field-grown shrubs and trees.

Farm and ranch animal farmworkers care for live animals, including cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, horses, poultry, finfish, shellfish, and bees. These animals usually are raised to supply meat, fur, skins, feathers, eggs, milk, or honey.

These farmworkers may feed, herd, brand, weigh, and load animals. They also keep records on animals; examine animals to detect diseases and injuries; and administer medications, vaccinations, or insecticides.

Many workers clean and maintain animal housing areas every day. On dairy farms, animal farmworkers operate milking machines.

Agricultural equipment operators use a variety of farm equipment to plow and sow seeds, as well as maintain and harvest crops. They may use tractors, fertilizer spreaders, balers, combines, threshers, and trucks. These workers also operate machines such as conveyor belts, loading machines, separators, cleaners, and dryers. Workers may make adjustments and minor repairs to equipment.

Animal breeders use their knowledge of genetics and animal science to select and breed animals that will produce offspring with desired traits and characteristics. For example, they breed chickens that lay more eggs, pigs that produce leaner meat, and sheep with more desirable wool. Other animal breeders breed and raise cats, dogs, and other household pets.

To know which animals to breed and when to breed them, animal breeders keep detailed records. Breeders note animals' health, size, and weight, as well as the amount and quality of the product they produce. Animal breeders also track the traits of animals' offspring.

Facilities Engineering Intern

Type: Internship
Danfoss Power Solutions in Ames, Iowa has a great opportunity for a Facilities Engineering Intern to join our Global Services team.Responsibilities:Assist in the team's efforts to modify/update and create AutoCAD layouts and building printsWill be working in the entire facility (Factory and...
Apply Share

Intern | Agronomy Sales, Full-time, Seasonal (Hingham, MT)

Type: Internship
Are you a college student majoring in Agriculture, Plant Science, Horticulture, or other related fields? Do you have knowledge and/or experience with Ag operations? Do you possess excellent leadership, multi-tasking, and communication skills? Can you work overtime as necessary? If you said yes to...
Apply Share

Engineering Intern

Type: Internship
GENERAL ACCOUNTABILITY:The engineering student will be given assignments working with other engineers and designers updating current products or developing new products. Depending upon previous work experience, education, and talents, intern engineers will experience many of the following...
Apply Share

Spanish Teacher, grades 9-12 @ Hermiston High School

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Full-time Spanish teaching position, grades 9-12. The successful candidate(s) will be properly licensed or have the ability to obtain licensure, and possess the ability to teach high school level Spanish. Position begins, August 2019.About the School:Hermiston High School educates a growing...
Apply Share

Technical Associate, Sustainability Certifications

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Job OverviewThe position of Technical Associate in the Food and Agriculture division involves working directly with the sustainability certification programs. The primary responsibilities of the Technical Associate relate to auditing, report review, and providing guidance and training to auditors....
Apply Share

Community Relations Intern

Type: Internship
Job DescriptionThe Community Relations intern is responsible for supporting Range's External Affairs team, including coordination of nonprofit donations and event sponsorships, representing Range at community events, assisting with the volunteer program, and completing interoffice tasks to...
Apply Share

New Product Development Engineering Intern

Type: Internship
Danfoss Power Solutions in Ames, Iowa has a great opportunity for a self-driven, results-oriented New Product Development (NPD) Engineering Intern to gain real-world experience. Students seeking variety, challenge, and an opportunity to build problem-solving and people skills will benefit from our...
Apply Share

GROWMARK Exploring Ag Intern

Type: Internship
Date: Feb 15, 2019LOCATION: Albion, IA, US, 50005Company: GROWMARK, Inc.New Century FS is headquartered in Grinnell, Iowa with thirteen branches in Central Iowa. New Century FS has about 210 employees (including seasonal workers) and approximately 4,500 customers. The cooperative does business in...
Apply Share

Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Hope Grows!We seek a licensed physical therapy assistant to join our team.We seek a licensed physical therapy assistant to join our dynamic, patient-centered,outpatient orthopedic practice. Our LPTAs function as a member of the healthcare team inour therapy services department. Our LPTAs work with...
Apply Share

Economist

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
DutiesSummaryIn this position you would help agricultural shippers move products by providing insightful transportation information and analysis, including: market reports, technical assistance, regulatory representation, stakeholder outreach, economic analysis, and responding to inquiries....
Apply Share

Administrative Specialist III

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
$25,268 a yearPosting Number C1464PQuick Link for Posting http://jobs.uark.edu/postings/32472Working Title Administrative Specialist IIIPosition Number 12090Department Agricultural, Food and Life SciencesAbout the UniversityFounded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution,...
Apply Share

Mathematics Teacher, grades 9-12 @ Hermiston High School

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Full-time Mathematics teaching position, grades 9-12. The successful candidate(s) will be properly licensed or have the ability to obtain licensure, and possess the ability to teach high school level Mathematics. Ability to teach Advanced Math desired. This is an additional teaching position for...
Apply Share

Product Development Chemist - New Graduate

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Description:Assignment Focus: Formulate adjuvants and pesticide inerts as part of the AU Product Development Team as needed to meet market, customer and regulatory demands. The Formulations Chemist will be asked to develop formulations across a wide range of products categories. The Formulation...
Apply Share

STEM Internship - Investigative Sciences, Bioaccumulation

Type: Internship
FMC Corporation is a leading specialty company focused on agricultural technologies. FMC provides innovative and cost-effective solutions to enhance crop yield and quality by controlling a broad spectrum of insects, weeds and disease, as well as in non-agricultural markets for pest control.
Apply Share

Summer Intern, Meetings & Events

Type: Internship
SUMMER INTERN, MEETINGS & EVENTSPart-Time (20 hours/week), $11.10/hourFull-Time (40 hours/week), $11.10/hourReports to: Associate Director, Meetings & EventsGeneral responsibilities: This position was created to provide hands-on experience with the various facets of association event...
Apply Share

Community Engagement and Entrepreneurship Intern

Type: Internship
Penn State Extension Beaver connects Penn State researchers, educators, and students with opportunities to collaborate with local organizations and apply their expertise to address community challenges. This internship, for an enthusiastic undergraduate student for the summer of 2019, is an...
Apply Share

Instructional Assistant - 1.0 FTE - 12 Month - Agricultural Studies

Type: Part Time
Instructional Assistant - 1.0 FTE - 12 Month - Agricultural StudiesLocation: Woodland Community College - Woodland, CAJob Description:BASIC FUNCTION: Under the direction of the Dean of Instruction or designee, assist in reinforcing instruction and providing guidance to individuals or small groups...
Apply Share

Ag Discovery Camp Counselors

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
This position will promote Math, Science, Technology and Education in K-12 classrooms representing NC State University and USDA's AgDiscovery program and provide overnight camp counselor services. The AgDiscovery Program is an outreach program to help students explore careers in animal science...
Apply Share

Intern - Civil Engineering (Dallas, TX)

Type: Internship
Kimley-Horn, one of Fortune Magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For," is looking for a Civil Engineering student to join our Dallas, TX team for a summer internship.As an intern, you will perform a variety of civil engineering tasks, supporting various project managers and...
Apply Share

Intern - Civil Engineering (Atlanta Midtown, GA)

Type: Internship
Kimley-Horn, one of Fortune Magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For," is looking for a Civil Engineering student to join our Atlanta Midtown team for a summer internship.As an intern, you will perform a variety of civil engineering tasks, supporting various project managers and...
Apply Share