First-Line Supervisors of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural Workers

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About the Job

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of agricultural crop or horticultural workers.

It is also Called

  • Agricultural and Forestry Supervisor
  • Agriculture Manager
  • Area Supervisor
  • Boom Boss
  • Boom Master
  • Christmas Tree Farm Crew Boss
  • Christmas Tree Farmer
  • Christmas Tree Farm Manager
  • Citrus Harvest Superintendent
  • Corn Crop Foreman

What They Do

  • Arrange for transportation, equipment, or living quarters for seasonal workers.
  • Perform hardscape activities, including installation or repair of irrigation systems, resurfacing or grading of paths, rockwork, or erosion control.
  • Monitor or oversee construction projects, such as horticultural buildings or irrigation systems.
  • Contract with seasonal workers and farmers to provide employment.
  • Calculate or monitor budgets for maintenance or development of collections, grounds, or infrastructure.
  • Investigate grievances and settle disputes to maintain harmony among workers.
  • Read inventory records, customer orders, or shipping schedules to determine required activities.
  • Recruit, hire, or discharge workers.
  • Confer with managers to evaluate weather or soil conditions, to develop plans or procedures, or to discuss issues such as changes in fertilizers, herbicides, or cultivating techniques.
  • Inspect facilities to determine maintenance needs.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: REC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Enterprising and Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Support and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Food Production - Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

LMI Region

Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in New Jersey was $47,910 with most people making between $23,390 and $75,010

Outlook

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