General farm workers

National Occupation Code (NOC): 8431
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General farm workers plant, cultivate and harvest crops, raise livestock and poultry and maintain and repair farm equipment and buildings. This group includes operators of farm machinery. General farm workers are employed on crop, livestock, fruit, vegetable and specialty farms.

Job Duties for General farm workers

General Farm Workers plant, fertilize, cultivate, spray, irrigate, and harvest crops. General Farm Workers feed and tend livestock and poultry and milk cows. They operate and maintain farm machinery and equipment and clean stables, barns, barnyards, and pens. General Farm Workers also detect disease and health problems in crops, livestock, and poultry and examine produce for quality and prepare for the market.

Working Conditions for General farm workers

Work takes place both indoors and outdoors, so workers may be exposed to various weather conditions. Workers use machinery, tools and heavy farm equipment, such as tractors, which can pose the risk of injury. Strong odours are common on a farm. Farmers may be exposed to chemicals, such as pesticides, and dust and sand in the workplace. Workers may also be exposed to infectious bacteria and viruses as a result of treating sick animals. Workers may be exposed to enough noise to affect hearing. Some machinery can cause a vibrating or back and forth motion in the body.

Alternate Job Titles

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  • Apiary Worker
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  • Baling Machine Operator - Farm
  • Barn Worker
  • Bee Farm Worker
  • Beef Cattle Farm Worker
  • Beekeeping Technician
  • Binder Operator - Agriculture
  • Cattle Ranch Labourer
  • Cattle Ranch Worker
  • Chick Sexer
  • Chicken Catcher
  • Chore Hand - Agriculture
  • Combine Operator
  • Cowboy/cowgirl
  • Cowhand
  • Cowpuncher
  • Cropsprayer Machine Operator
  • Cultivator Operator
  • Custom Harvest Crewperson
  • Dairy Farm Labourer
  • Dairy Farm Worker
  • Dairy Hand
  • Egg Candler
  • Egg Collector
  • Egg Gatherer
  • Egg Grader
  • Egg Grading Machine Tender
  • Egg Grading Station Labourer
  • Egg Packer - Farm
  • Egg Picker - Poultry
  • Egg Processing Machine Tender
  • Farm Equipment Operator
  • Farm Hand
  • Farm Labourer
  • Farm Machinery Operator
  • Farm Worker
  • Farrowing Technician
  • Feedlot Assistant
  • Feedlot Worker
  • Feedyard Assistant
  • Feedyard Worker
  • Field And Vegetable Crop Labourer
  • Field Crop And Vegetable-growing Worker
  • Fruit Examiner - Agriculture
  • Fruit Farm Labourer
  • Fruit Farm Worker
  • Fruit Farming Labourer
  • Fruit Tree Pruner
  • Fruit Tree Thinner
  • Fur Farm Worker
  • Fur Farming Worker
  • Fur Ranch Labourer
  • General Farm Worker
  • Grafter - Orchard
  • Grain Farm Labourer
  • Grain Farm Worker
  • Groom - Farm
  • Harvester Machine Operator
  • Hatchery Worker
  • Hay Baler Operator - Agriculture
  • Herd Hand
  • Herder - Stockyards
  • Hog Farm Worker
  • Honey Farm Worker
  • Hop-picking Machine Operator
  • Horse Breaker
  • Incubator Tender - Agriculture
  • Irrigation Worker - Agriculture
  • Irrigator - Agriculture
  • Lamb Feedlot Worker
  • Livestock Driver
  • Livestock Labourer
  • Livestock Weigher
  • Livestock Yard Attendant
  • Livestock Yardman/woman
  • Maple Syrup Maker
  • Maple Tapping Worker
  • Market Garden Worker
  • Milk Production Labourer
  • Milking Machine Tender
  • Mushroom Farm Worker
  • Oilseed Crop Worker
  • Orchard Worker
  • Organic Farm Worker
  • Pasture Rider
  • Penrider
  • Pheasant Farm Worker
  • Poultry Farm Labourer
  • Poultry Farm Worker
  • Poultry Yard Cleaner
  • Racehorse Exerciser
  • Ranch Hand
  • Ranch Worker
  • Sheep Feedlot Worker
  • Sheep Shearer
  • Soya Bean Crop Worker
  • Stable Assistant
  • Stable Hand
  • Stable Worker
  • Stableman/woman
  • Stock Attendant
  • Stockyard Attendant
  • Sugar Bush Worker
  • Sugar-beet Farm Worker
  • Swine Technician
  • Threshing Machine Operator
  • Tobacco Curer
  • Tobacco Farm Worker
  • Tobacco Harvesting Machine Operator
  • Tobacco Primer
  • Tractor Operator - Farm
  • Vegetable Farm Worker
  • Vegetable Thinner
  • Vineyard Pruner
  • Vineyard Worker
  • Beef Cattle Farm Worker
  • Cattle Ranch Labourer
  • Dairy Farm Worker
  • Farm Machinery Operator
  • General Farm Worker
  • Grain Farm Worker
  • Harvester Machine Operator
  • Hatchery Worker
  • Poultry Farm Worker
  • Vegetable Farm Worker
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