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This is manual work of a skilled nature in the performance of moderately technical farm tasks.
Work involves efficient performance as a lead man over other farm workers, or independent performance of moderately specialized farm operations. Skilled operation of varied farm equipment is often required. Work is performed under the supervision of a foreman or technical supervisor who issues general or specific orders and instructions depending on the work involved. All work is subject to inspection while in process and upon completion, although at times an employee of this class may work with only limited supervision in the performance of regular duties at an assigned experiment station or other university farming operation.


Works as lead man and general farm laborer on an institutional farm; performs varied farm work such as raising livestock and poultry, plowing, harrowing, pruning, cultivation, fertilizing, irrigating, and harvesting farm crops from assigned plots and acreage.

Obtains and records information as directed by the superior.

Operates heavy construction equipment such as motor bulldozer, grader, and drag line in connection with the construction and maintenance of levees, irrigation ponds, and farms roads, and in cutting ditches, pushing trees, and clearing and leveling land for use in farming operations.

Participates in the installation, repair, and maintenance of electrical and mechanical equipment; performs carpentry, plumbing, and painting tasks.

Participates as lead man of a small crew in the planting, cultivation, and harvest of field crops, vegetables, and fruit from assigned plots and acreage; secures fruit, vegetable, leaf, and other samples for laboratory analysis.

Performs related work as required.

Graduation from a standard vocational or high school; and experience in general farming, including the skilled operation of tractors and other heavy equipment; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Considerable knowledge of general farm operations, such as plowing, planting, fertilizing, irrigating, spraying, cultivating, harvesting, grading, and storing of various crops.

Considerable knowledge of modern methods and techniques in raising livestock and poultry.

Considerable knowledge of the operation and maintenance of a variety of farm implements, machinery, and equipment, including heavy construction equipment used in various jobs such as excavating, loading, grading, and related work.

Some knowledge of the hazards and safety rules and precautions in the use of heavy construction equipment.

Ability to care for and maintain sanitary living quarters for livestock or poultry.

Ability to lead and instruct other farm laborers in general farm operations and maintenance work.

Skill in the use and care of tools, equipment, implements, and machinery used in farming and related operations.



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