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  NOC 8431 – General farm workers

To apply under NOC-8431 National Occupation Classification you must follow the roles and responsibilities of General farm workers.

Required roles and responsibilities:-

General farm workers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Plant, fertilize, cultivate, spray, irrigate and harvest crops
  • Feed and tend livestock and poultry
  • Milk cows
  • Perform or assist in performing breeding activities of farm animals
  • Operate and maintain farm machinery and equipment
  • Follow food safety and security and animal bio-security procedures
  • Detect disease and health problems in crops, livestock and poultry
  • Examine produce for quality and prepare for market
  • Set and monitor water lines, air flow and temperature in barns, pens and chicken coops
  • Maintain or assist in the maintenance of facilities and farm infrastructure including cleaning stables, barns, barnyards and pens.

General farm workers can become specialized in a particular type of crop or livestock production through experience.

You can also see the required titles to apply as a General farm workers

NOC 8431 – General farm workers: example titles.

  • apiary technician
  • apiary worker
  • baler – agriculture
  • 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

Employment Requirements

  • There are no specific education or training requirements. However, a college certificate or specialized courses related to farming, such as farm equipment mechanics, agricultural welding, tree pruning and pesticide application, are available.
  • Basic farm knowledge, usually obtained from working on a family farm, may be required for employment.
  • A course or certificate in first aid may be required.

Additional Information

  • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.


  • Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers (8252)
  • Harvesting labourers (8611)
  • Managers in agriculture (0821)

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