Farm workers help farmers and graziers with growing crops and feeding and raising livestock. Forest workers help with growing, maintaining and harvesting timber plantations. Garden workers help with cultivation, growing, harvesting and maintenance of trees, plants and gardens.

Other related jobs include hunters-trappers and pest or weed controllers.

Where farm, forestry and garden workers are employed

Farm workers help farmers and graziers and may specialise according to the particular farm work involved – dairy, fruit and vegetable, piggery, poultry, sheep/cattle station hand.

Forest workers are usually employed in small work teams. They may work in softwood and hardwood plantations and forests, in rural areas or in isolated bush locations. Much of the work is outdoors and therefore subject to varying weather conditions. Some aspects of the work can be physically demanding.

Garden workers usually work outside and in greenhouses, often in a team. Some of the work is physically demanding as it involves bending, lifting and the use of machinery such as tractors, rollers and edging machines. Protective clothing must be used when handling fertilisers and pesticides and to prevent injury while using machinery.

Pay

Full-time farm, forestry and garden workers in South Australia generally earn between $600 and $799 per week.

Graph of pay scales for Other Farm Forestry and Garden Workers

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 539 people employed full-time as farm, forestry and garden workers, compared with 475 in 2006.

How to become one

You can work as a farm, forestry or garden worker without formal qualifications. You may get some informal training on the job.

You can become a farm hand through a traineeship in agriculture; a forest worker through a traineeship in agriculture, forest growing and management; or garden worker through a traineeship in horticulture, production horticulture, production nursery or retail nursery. Entry requirements may vary but employers generally require year 10. For more information see traineeships. Ask your career adviser about starting this training at school.

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