Farmworkers and labourers (crop, nursery, and greenhouse) manually plant, cultivate, and harvest vegetables, fruits, nuts, horticultural specialities, and field crops. They use hand tools, such as shovels, trowels, hoes, tampers, pruning hooks, shears, and knives. Their duties may include tilling the soil and applying fertilizers; transplanting, weeding, thinning, or pruning crops; applying pesticides; or cleaning, grading, sorting, packing, and loading harvested products. They may construct trellises, repair fences and farm buildings, or participate in irrigation activities.
Farmworkers mobile and labourers (crop, nursery, and greenhouse) are vital to the world’s food supply.
Despite the increasing use of mechanized farm equipment, the agricultural industry requires a large number of nursery workers. The duties vary depending on the crop and agricultural methods used but include planting, watering, pruning, harvesting crops, and packaging fruits and vegetables.
Greenhouse labour costs require nursery workers to be able to recognise diseased plants and markings left by pests or insects and remove damaged plants.
Greenhouse careers do not require a high school diploma. But some on-the-job training may be required. Skills required include arm-hand steadiness, operations and control, static strength, equipment selection, manual dexterity, quality control analysis and troubleshooting.
Labour nursery workers are employed year-round, working outside six or seven days a week in all kinds of weather, and spending long hours bent over to harvest fruit and vegetables. They may get exposed to herbicides, pesticides, and other hazardous chemicals and need to follow proper safety procedures. The job requires them to drive tractor-trailers, repair fencing, maintain irrigation systems, and be knowledgeable about speciality tools and technology.
Every career requires an element of study and academic qualification, and there can be several study routes and pathways you can take. In following any academic pathway you will study subjects that contribute to the specialised knowledge required to achieve your career goals. These qualifications provide a future employer with the evidence that you have the desired knowledge, understanding and experience of their industry, so it’s important to consider the various types of qualifications available to you and to understand how they can boost your career and create opportunities for you.
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