Vegetable Farm Worker

Vegetable Farm Workers perform routine tasks on vegetable farms or market gardens, such as cultivating and fertilising soil, and planting and irrigating crops. They may spray chemicals on crops to treat diseases and pests.

Overview

Vegetable Farm Workers perform routine tasks on vegetable farms or market gardens, such as cultivating and fertilising soil, and planting and irrigating crops. They may spray chemicals on crops to treat diseases and pests.

Day-to-day

  • plants crops using hand tools and farm machines
  • builds trellises for climbing vegetables and vines
  • operates farm machines to cultivate, fertilise, spray and harvest
  • sprays with chemicals to control weed growth, insects, fungus growth and diseases
  • thins, weeds and hoes
  • irrigates land for crop growth
  • selects and picks vegetables according to size and ripeness, and discards rotting and over-ripened produce
  • grades, sorts, bunches and packs produce into containers
  • loads filled vegetable containers onto trucks.

Considerations

  • physically demanding
  • requires driving
  • working outdoors.

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To become a Vegetable Farm Worker

  • You can work as a Vegetable Farm Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A certificate II in agriculture or production horticulture might be helpful.

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