First-Line Supervisors of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural Workers

Description

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

Tasks

  • Inspect crops, fields, or plant stock to determine conditions and need for cultivating, spraying, weeding, or harvesting.
  • Assign duties, such as cultivation, irrigation, or harvesting of crops or plants, product packaging or grading, or equipment maintenance.
  • Observe workers to detect inefficient or unsafe work procedures or to identify problems, initiating corrective action as necessary.
  • Review employees' work to evaluate quality and quantity.
  • Prepare and maintain time or payroll reports, as well as details of personnel actions, such as performance evaluations, hires, promotions, or disciplinary actions.
  • Plan or supervise infrastructure or collection maintenance functions, such as planting, fertilizing, pest or weed control, or landscaping.
  • Prepare reports regarding farm conditions, crop yields, machinery breakdowns, or labor problems.
  • Requisition or purchase supplies, such as insecticides, machine parts or lubricants, or tools.
  • Estimate labor requirements for jobs and plan work schedules accordingly.
  • Direct or assist with the adjustment or repair of farm equipment or machinery.
  • Train workers in techniques such as planting, harvesting, weeding, or insect identification and in the use of safety measures.
  • Drive or operate farm machinery, such as trucks, tractors, or self-propelled harvesters, to transport workers or supplies or to cultivate or harvest fields.
  • Perform the same horticultural or agricultural duties as subordinates.
  • Issue equipment, such as farm implements, machinery, ladders, or containers to workers, and collect equipment when work is complete.
  • Inspect facilities to determine maintenance needs.
  • 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.
  • Recruit, hire, or discharge workers.
  • Read inventory records, customer orders, or shipping schedules to determine required activities.
  • Investigate grievances and settle disputes to maintain harmony among workers.
  • Calculate or monitor budgets for maintenance or development of collections, grounds, or infrastructure.
  • Contract with seasonal workers and farmers to provide employment.
  • Monitor or oversee construction projects, such as horticultural buildings or irrigation systems.
  • Perform hardscape activities, including installation or repair of irrigation systems, resurfacing or grading of paths, rockwork, or erosion control.
  • Arrange for transportation, equipment, or living quarters for seasonal workers.

Skills

Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Technology Design
Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.

Abilities

Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

Interests

Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Work Style

Independence
Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Leadership
Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Analytical Thinking
Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

Work Values

Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Lay Titles

Agriculture Manager
Area Supervisor
Boom Boss
Boom Master
Christmas Tree Farm Crew Boss
Christmas Tree Farm Manager
Christmas Tree Farmer
Citrus Harvest Superintendent
Corn Crop Foreman
Cotton Gin Yard Supervisor
Cranberry Bog Supervisor
Detasseling Crew Supervisor
Distillery Manager
Distillery Supervisor
Diversified Crops Supervisor
Farm Boss
Farm Manager
Farm Owner Operator
Farm Supervisor
Field Crop Farming Supervisor
Field Operations Farm Manager
Field Supervisor
Forest Nursery Supervisor
Greenhouse Superintendent
Greenhouse Supervisor
Group Leader
Grove Manager
Grove Superintendent
Grower
Harvest Contractor
Harvest Crew Supervisor
Head Irrigator
Head Rose Grower
Hoeing Row Boss
Horticultural Specialty Farming Supervisor
Insect and Disease Inspection Supervisor
Irrigation Foreman
Irrigation Supervisor
Migrant Leader
Mushroom Grower
Nursery Supervisor
Operations Manager
Orchard Manager
Park Worker Supervisor
Pest Management Supervisor
Picking Crew Supervisor
Planting Supervisor
Portable Track Crew Chief
Production Manager
Production Supervisor
Propagation Manager
Rose Grading Supervisor
Seed Production Field Supervisor
Shed Workers Supervisor
Supervisor Grower
Tree Fruit and Nut Farming Supervisor
Vegetable Farming Supervisor
Vine Fruit Farming Supervisor
Yarder Boss
Yarding Supervisor

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$20.99 hourly, $43,660 annual.
Employment (2008):
19,340 employees