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Crop Farm Worker

Assist in the production of crops such as fruit, nuts, grains, vegetables and mushrooms.


Crop farm workers plant trees, seeds, seedlings, roots, bulbs, vines and other plants using hand tools and farm machines. They also operate farm machines to cultivate, fertilise, spray and harvest fruit, nuts, grains and vegetables.

Work is generally on farms in rural areas. Early morning starts and long or irregular hours are common.

Suitable for people who are physically fit, who work well with others and who are confident to operate farm equipment. Basic English, a knowledge of farming techniques and food production and processing are all helpful.


  • prepare soil for planting
  • plant crops such as grains, fruit, mushrooms, nuts or vegetables
  • build trellises for climbing vegetables and vines
  • spray trees, vines and other plants with chemicals to control weeds, insects, fungus and disease
  • weed and hoe row crops and prune trees and vines
  • select and pick fruit, nuts, grains and vegetables according to size and ripeness
  • grade, sort, bunch and pack produce into containers and load onto trucks
  • operate vehicles and machinery such as forklifts, trimmers, tractors and motorbikes.


  • physically demanding
  • requires driving
  • working outdoors.

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$948 / week
Apprenticeships may be available

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