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8611 – Harvesting labourers

Harvesting labourers assist other farm workers to harvest, sort and pack crops.


Example titles

  • Apple picker
  • Berry picker
  • Crop farm labourer - harvesting
  • Fruit picker
  • Fruit sorter - farm
  • Harvest hand
  • Vegetable packer - farm

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Pick row and orchard crops
  • Sort, weigh and pack fruit and vegetables at the farm
  • Load, unload and transfer crates, supplies, farm produce and products for transport
  • Clean up racks, trays, and harvest bins and general clean up of growing, producing and packing areas
  • Assist with general farm maintenance and maintenance of equipment and tools
  • May assist in preparing garden beds for planting
  • May write daily progress reports of inventory harvested.

Employment requirements

  • There are no specific education or training requirements.

Additional information

  • Progression to other farm worker positions is possible with experience.


  • General farm workers (8431)
  • Managers in agriculture (0821)
  • Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers (8252)

Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
8 – Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations
Skill level
D – On-the-job training is usually provided for occupations.
Major group
86 – Harvesting, landscaping and natural resources labourers
Minor group
861 – Harvesting, landscaping and natural resources labourers
Associated Career Handbook profiles
8611.0 – Harvesting labourers
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