About this jobSupervisors on farms are responsible for overseeing the many tasks that must be completed for profitable and efficient farming. The supervisor is in charge of a team of workers that perform a variety of duties.
Knowledge, Experience Required1) Food Production - Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
2) Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
3) Organic farming - Knowledge of Organic farming, production processes, quality control, and other techniques for maximizing the yields of vegetables and grains.
4) Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
5) Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
6) Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
7) Education - Degree or Diploma in Agriculture science and 2 to 4 years relevant experience.
Job Activities1) Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others - Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
2) Communicating with Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
3) Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
4) Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
5) Monitoring and Controlling Resources - Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
6) Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
7) Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People - Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
8) Analyzing Data or Information - Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
9) Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
10) Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
11) Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates - Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
12) Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
13) Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information- Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
14) Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
15) Scheduling Work and Activities - Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
16) Processing Information - Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
17) Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards - Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
18) Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others - Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
19) Developing and Building Teams- Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
20) Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- The supervisor is responsible for keeping workers on task and ensuring the vegetables are properly grown, harvested and distributed.
- The farm supervisor assisting in preparing the soil, tilling, and planting, fertilizing and harvesting the crops.
- Preparing the product for the market to oversee the washing, packaging and storing processes.
- Directs and coordinates worker activities, such as planting, irrigation, fertilizer, pesticides application, harvesting, grading, payroll, and recordkeeping.
- Coordinates growing activities with those of engineering, equipment maintenance, packing houses, and other related departments.
- Records information, such as production, farm management practices, and parent stock, and prepares financial and operational reports.
- Determines procedural changes in drying, grading, storage, and shipment for greater efficiency and accuracy.
- Analyzes soil to determine type and quantity of fertilizer required for maximum production.
- Inspects equipment to ensure proper functioning.
- Inspects orchards and fields to determine maturity dates of crops or to estimate potential crop damage from weather.