Job description Vegetable Farm Worker near Lethbridge (AB)

Find out what work is like for a vegetable farm worker in Canada. This work description is applicable to all General farm workers (NOC 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.

Work week duration

Harvesting labourers usually work more than 40 hours per week.
More than 40 hours

Job duties

Here are some of the main activities and tasks that Harvesting labourers have to perform, and some of the physical demands they involve:

  • 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.

Physical demands Help - Physical Demands

  • Handling material manually
  • Standing
  • Bending or twisting the body
  • Making repetitive motions
  • Walking and running

Workplaces and employers

Here are the typical workplaces where Harvesting labourers are employed and some of their main characteristics:

  • Fruit farms
  • Livestock farms
  • Crop farms
  • Vegetable farms
  • Specialty farms

Work environment Help - Physical Work Environment

  • Outside, exposed to weather
  • Dangerous chemical substances
  • Skin injury
  • In an open vehicle or equipment
  • Extreme temperatures
  • In an enclosed vehicle or equipment
  • Standard safety equipment

Related job titles

Here are some other related job titles that are found in the same occupational category (NOC 85101), and a list of similar occupations:

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

Similar occupations Help - Similar occupations

Sources Occupational and Skills Information System & National Occupational Classification

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