Farm workers are responsible for planting, cultivating, and harvesting crops such as sweet potatoes, peanuts, rice, soybeans, and cotton. They are responsible for the upkeep of land and tools, which are generally provided by the employer at no cost. Some farm workers occasionally work with and operate heavy machinery.
The majority of the farm worker's job is conducted outdoors regardless of the weather conditions. On occasion, some individuals may work indoors, but this is rare. Work hours may vary, but farm workers generally begin their shifts in the early morning hours and end in the mid- to late-afternoon. Farm workers typically work in groups; most of the farm's labor cannot be done by just one worker, so a potential candidate for this position must be able to work effectively in a team environment. There is some individual work, but that is rare and often reserved for certain individuals who have the certification to perform these specific duties.
There are generally no educational requirements for this position; however, candidates with relevant educational or professional certification may be preferred. Candidates generally must have three months of harvesting experience, but training is often provided for the right inexperienced candidate. Individuals who are in good physical shape are preferred.
Farm Worker Tasks
Care for farm products by planting, seeding, feeding, moving, or other tasks.
Use tools to prepare fields, plant crops or feed animals.
Harvest or butcher farm products, store goods and document steps.