National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 Version 1.0


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85101 - Harvesting labourers

Harvesting labourers and related workers assist other farm workers to plant, harvest, sort and pack crops. They participate in soil preparation, irrigation and crop planting, spraying and thinning. They are employed on fruit, vegetable and specialty crop farms.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • apple picker
    • berry picker
    • crop farm labourer - harvesting
    • fruit picker
    • fruit sorter - farm
    • harvest hand
    • vegetable packer - farm

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors (See 82030 Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors)
    • Managers in agriculture (See 80020 Managers in agriculture)
    • Specialized livestock workers and farm machinery operators (See 84120 Specialized livestock workers and farm machinery operators)
  • Main duties

    This group performs some or all of the following duties:

    • Prepare and irrigate soil
    • Plant, fertilize, thin and harvest crops
    • Pick row and orchard crops
    • Sort, weigh and pack fruit and vegetables at the farm
    • Load, unload and transfer crates, supplies, farm produce and products for transport
    • Clean up racks, trays, and harvest bins and general clean-up of growing, producing and packing areas
    • Assist with general farm maintenance and maintenance of equipment and tools
    • May assist in preparing garden beds for planting
    • May write daily progress reports of inventory harvested.
  • Employment requirements

    • There are no specific education or training requirements.
  • Additional information

    • Progression to other farm worker positions is possible with experience.
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