National Application Center :: career details :: First-Line Supervisors and Manager/Supervisors of Agricultural Crop Workers
Career Details :: First-Line Supervisors and Manager/Supervisors of Agricultural Crop Workers
Directly supervise and coordinate activities of agricultural crop workers. Manager/Supervisors are generally found in smaller establishments where they perform both supervisory and management functions, such as accounting, marketing, and personnel work, and may also engage in the same agricultural work as the workers they supervise.
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree. Some may require a bachelor's degree.
Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers.
- Investigates grievances and settles disputes to maintain harmony among workers.
- Issues farm implements and machinery, ladders, or containers to workers and collects them at end of workday.
- Requisitions and purchases farm supplies, such as insecticides, machine parts or lubricants, and tools.
- Prepares time, payroll, and production reports, such as farm conditions, amount of yield, machinery breakdowns, and labor problems.
- Assigns duties, such as tilling soil, planting, irrigating, storing crops, and maintaining machines, and assigns fields or rows to workers.
- Opens gate to permit entry of water into ditches or pipes and signals worker to start flow of water to irrigate fields.
- Observes workers to detect inefficient and unsafe work procedures or identify problems, and initiates actions to correct improper procedure or solve problem.
- Recruits, hires, and discharges workers.
- Trains workers in methods of fieldwork and safety regulations and briefs them on identifying characteristic of insects and diseases.
- Confers with manager to evaluate weather and soil conditions and to develop and revise plans and procedures.
- Contracts with seasonal workers and farmers to provide employment and arranges for transportation, equipment, and living quarters.
- Drives and operates farm machinery, such as trucks, tractors, or self-propelled harvesters, to transport workers or cultivate and harvest fields.
- Directs or assists in adjustment, repair, and maintenance of farm machinery and equipment.
- Determines number and kind of workers needed to perform required work, and schedules activities.
- Inspects crops and fields to determine maturity, yield, infestation, or work requirements, such as cultivating, spraying, weeding, or harvesting.
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- Agricultural Inspectors
- Dietitians and Nutritionists
- Farm and Home Management Advisors
- Farmers and Ranchers
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General Work Activities
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
- Monitor Processes, Material, Surroundings
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Coordinating Work & Activities of Others
- Communicating With Other Workers
- Management of Personnel Resources
- Time Management
- Management of Material Resources
Frequent Work Context
- Job-Required Social Interaction
- Supervise, Coach, Train Others
- Consequence of Error
- Frustrating Circumstances
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done