What do First-Line Supervisors of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural Workers do?
Directly supervise and coordinate activities of agricultural crop or horticultural workers.
- 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.
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