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Farmworkers and Laborers Crop, Nursery and Greenhouse

Farmworkers and Laborers Crop, Nursery and Greenhouse

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Farming
Benchmark Title: Farmworkers and Laborers Crop, Nursery and Greenhouse
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Manually plant, cultivate, and harvest vegetables, fruits, nuts and field crops. Use hand tools, such as shovels, trowels, hoes, tampers, pruning hooks, shears, and knives. Duties may include tilling soil and applying fertilizers; transplanting, weeding, thinning, or pruning crops; applying pesticides; cleaning, packing, and loading harvested products. May construct trellises, repair fences and farm buildings, or participate in irrigation activities. Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse perform numerous activities related to growing and harvesting grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, fiber, trees, shrubs, and other crops. Among their activities are planting and seeding, pruning, irrigating, harvesting, and packing and loading crops for shipment. Farmworkers also apply pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers to crops, repair fences, and help with irrigation. Nursery and greenhouse workers prepare land or greenhouse beds for growing hort icultural products, such as trees, plants, flowers, and sod. Their duties include planting, watering, pruning, weeding, and spraying 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 and containerized shrubs and trees.
 
Set up and operate irrigation equipment.
 
Operate tractors, tractor-drawn machinery, and self-propelled machinery to plow, harrow and fertilize soil, or to plant, cultivate, spray and harvest crops.
 
Repair and maintain farm vehicles, implements, and mechanical equipment.
 
Harvest fruits and vegetables by hand.
 
Apply pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers to crops.
 
Inform farmers or farm managers of crop progress.
 
Identify plants, pests, and weeds to determine the selection and application of pesticides and fertilizers.
 
Direct and monitor the work of casual and seasonal help during planting and harvesting.
 
Clear and maintain irrigation ditches.
 
Record information about crops, such as pesticide use, yields, or costs.
 
Dig and plant seeds, or transplant seedlings by hand.
 
Repair farm buildings, fences, and other structures.
 
Participate in the inspection, grading, sorting, storage, and post-harvest treatment of crops.
 
Load agricultural products into trucks, and drive trucks to market or storage facilities.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Farming
Benchmark Title: Farmworkers and Laborers Crop, Nursery and Greenhouse
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Farming
Benchmark Title: Farmworkers and Laborers Crop, Nursery and Greenhouse
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Rate Control The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
 
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Farming
Benchmark Title: Farmworkers and Laborers Crop, Nursery and Greenhouse
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Less than a High School Diploma
 
On-the-Job Training None or short demonstration
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
Related Work Experience Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Farming
Benchmark Title: Farmworkers and Laborers Crop, Nursery and Greenhouse
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Agriculture Worker
Apple Picker
Apple Thinner
Apple Turner
Asparagus Cutter
Bale Sewer
Bean Picker
Beet Topper
Beet Worker
Berry Picker
Berry Planter
Binder Operator
Bog Worker
Brush Cutter
Bulb Farmworker
Cane Burner
Cane Cutter
Cane Cutter
Cane Flume Watcher
Cane Flume Watchman
Cane Loader
Cane Packer
Cane Pusher
Cane Stripper
Carrot Buncher
Carrot Harvester
Carrot Harvester
Carrot Tier
Celery Cutter
Celery Packer
Celery Stripper
Celery Tier
Celery Wrapper
Citrus Fruit Packer
Citrus Picker
Citrus Picker
Corn Detasseler
Corn Husker
Corn Picker
Corn Picker
Corn Sheller
Corn Shredder
Corn Shucker
Cotton Picker
Cotton Picker
Cotton Puller
Cotton Stomper
Crop Duster Helper
Crop Farm Helper
Crop Picker
Crop Picker
Crop Ranch Hand
Crop or Grain Farmer
Crop or Grain Farmworker
Culler
Custom Grinder
Detasseler
Digger
Ditch Cleaner
Ditch Digger
Ditch Rider
Ditch Tender
Ditcher
Diversified Crops Farmworker
Dryland Farmer
Eradicator
Farm Hand
Farm Laborer
Farm Rancher
Farm Worker
Field Broomer
Field Cane Scaler Helper
Field Crop Farmworker
Field Crop Harvest Worker
Field Hand
Field Handyman
Field Hauler
Field Irrigation Worker
Field Worker
Fig Caprifier
Firebreak Cutter
Flagger
Flagman
Flower Picker
Food Crops Farm Hand
Fruit Cutter
Fruit Farmworker
Fruit Harvest Worker
Fruit Harvester
Fruit Loader
Fruit Packer
Fruit Picker
Fruit Thinner
Fruit Worker
Fruit or Nut Farmer
Fruit or Nut Farmworker
Ginner
Grain Farmworker
Grape Cutter
Grape Picker
Gravity Flow Irrigator
Greenhouse Transplanter
Grove Worker
Grubber
Gun Fertilizer
Hammer Mill Operator
Harvest Worker
Harvester
Harvester
Haul Cane Brakeman
Hay Buckler
Hay Stacker
Hired Hand
Hoe Worker
Hoer
Hop Picker
Hop Trainer
Hop Worker
Horticultural Farmworker
Hydro Sprayer Operator
Irrigation Equipment Remover
Irrigation Flume Layer
Irrigation Laborer
Irrigation System Operator
Irrigator
Land Clearer
Lemon Picker
Lettuce Cutter
Loader
Machinist
Migratory Farm Hand
Migratory Worker
Mushroom Cultivator
Mushroom Cutter
Mushroom Growth Media Mixer
Mushroom Picker
Nut Packer
Nut Picker
Nut Sheller
Olive Knocker
Olive Picker
Onion Tier
Onion Topper
Orange Picker
Orchard Hand
Orchard Hand
Orchard Worker
Orchard Worker
Overhead Irrigator
Pear Picker
Pecan Gatherer
Pecan Gatherer
Pecan Picker
Pepper Picker
Pepper Picker
Picker
Plant Puller
Pole Setter
Portable Irrigation Operator
Portable Track Line Marker
Portable Trackman
Potato Loader
Potato Seed Cutter
Produce Laborer
Produce Wrapper
Rice Field Worker
Roguer
Seed Cutter
Seed Potato Arranger
Shallot Cleaner
Shallot Packer
Shed Hand
Smudger
Sprinkler Worker
Sprinkling System Irrigator
Sugar Cane Planter
Tassel Clipper
Tassel Snipper
Tile Ditcher
Tobacco Cutter
Tobacco Prizer
Tobacco Stemmer
Tobacco Stripper
Tractor Driver
Tractor Operator
Tree Tapping Laborer
Valve Pipe Irrigator
Vegetable Buncher
Vegetable Farmworker
Vegetable Grower
Vegetable Harvest Worker
Vegetable Loader
Vegetable Packer
Vegetable Thinner
Vegetable Tier
Vegetable Trimmer
Vineyard Tender
Vineyard Tender
Weed Burner
Weeder
Weeder-Thinner
Yam Curer
Zanjero
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Farming
Benchmark Title: Farmworkers and Laborers Crop, Nursery and Greenhouse
 
 
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