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85101 – Harvesting labourers

Harvesting labourers and related workers assist other farm workers to plant, harvest, sort and pack crops. They participate in soil preparation, irrigation and crop planting, spraying and thinning. They are employed on fruit, vegetable and specialty crop farms.


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:
  • Prepare and irrigate soil
  • Plant, fertilize, thin and harvest crops
  • 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.


  • Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors (82030)
  • Specialized livestock workers and farm machinery operators (84120)
  • Managers in agriculture (80020)

Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
8 – Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations
5 – Occupations usually require short-term work demonstration and no formal education
Major group
85 – Harvesting, landscaping and natural resources labourers
Sub-major group
851 – Harvesting, landscaping and natural resources labourers
Minor group
8510 – Agriculture, horticulture and harvesting labourers and related occupations
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