Agricultural Service Contractors, Farm Supervisors, and Specialized Livestock Workers

(NOC 8252)

in All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

Agricultural service contractors, who own and operate their own businesses, provide agricultural services such as livestock and poultry breeding, soil preparation, crop planting, crop spraying, cultivating or harvesting. This could include managing businesses which provide agricultural livestock or crop services; supervising farm workers; developing work schedules and establishing procedures; maintaining quality control and production records; maintaining financial records; and hiring and supervising staff. Farm supervisors oversee the work of general farm workers and harvesting labourers, and perform general farm duties. Specialized livestock workers carry out or supervise feeding, health, and breeding programs on dairy, beef, sheep, poultry, swine and other livestock farms.

Job Outlook

Limited

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  • Estimate decline employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 15 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate High rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

  • Estimate Decline slightly employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 910 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate High rate of unemployment in 2016

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “limited”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is below average when compared with other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent and jobseekers may face competition. The number employed in this occupation is expected to decline moderately over the next few years, which will likely limit the number of new opportunities available. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Agricultural Service Contractors, Farm Supervisors, and Specialized Livestock Workers most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 58% of Agricultural Service Contractors, Farm Supervisors, and Specialized Livestock Workers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $33,516. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$23,199

Median

$68,120

Maximum

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

Hourly Pay

$10.85

Minimum

$16.00

Median

$31.88

Maximum

Annual Pay

$4,009

Minimum

$23,520

Median

$87,170

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Agricultural service contractors, who own and operate their own businesses, provide agricultural services such as livestock and poultry breeding, soil preparation, crop planting, crop spraying, cultivating or harvesting. This could include managing businesses which provide agricultural livestock or crop services; supervising farm workers; developing work schedules and establishing procedures; maintaining quality control and production records; maintaining financial records; and hiring and supervising staff. Farm supervisors oversee the work of general farm workers and harvesting labourers, and perform general farm duties. Specialized livestock workers carry out or supervise feeding, health, and breeding programs on dairy, beef, sheep, poultry, swine and other livestock farms.

Job duties

Agricultural service contractors perform some or all the following duties:

  • Provide agricultural livestock services such as artificial insemination, spraying or shearing of livestock or disinfecting pens, barns or poultry houses.
  • Provide agricultural crop services such as plowing, irrigating, cultivating, spraying or harvesting.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of farm safety and bio-security procedures.
  • Hire and train workers.
  • Negotiate the terms of services to be provided.
  • Maintain financial and operational records.
  • May participate in the provision of services or in the operation of machinery and equipment.

Farm supervisors perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Coordinate and supervise the work of general farm workers and harvesting labourers.
  • Supervise and oversee breeding and other livestock-related programs.
  • Supervise and oversee growing and other crop-related operations.
  • Develop work schedules and establish procedures.
  • Ensure farm safety and bio-security procedures are followed.
  • Maintain quality control and production records.
  • May perform general farm duties.

Specialized livestock workers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Formulate feeding programs.
  • Implement pasture or pen breeding programs.
  • Follow safety and bio-security procedures.
  • Recognize and treat certain livestock health problems.
  • Maintain livestock performance records.
  • Select livestock for sale.
  • Train horses.
  • Perform general farm duties.
  • May supervise general farm workers. // Farm supervisors may specialize in areas such as dairy, poultry, swine, beef, sheep, equine, fruit, vegetable, mixed or other specialty farming. Specialized livestock workers usually specialize in one type of farm animal such as beef cattle, dairy cattle, poultry or swine.

Sample job titles

  • agriculture foreman/woman
  • crop dusting service contractor
  • farm supervisor
  • hatchery workers foreman/woman
  • hog farm supervisor
  • livestock attendant
  • poultry farm foreman/woman
  • vineyard workers foreman/woman
  • weed control service contractor - agriculture

Skills

For these jobs, you should enjoy working outdoors. Supervisory and communication skills are essential. You must be willing to try new processes and methods. The ability to adapt to constantly changing technologies is important for more efficient production. You must also be observant, innovative, and resourceful.

Job requirements

  • Agricultural service contractors usually require a university degree, college diploma or industry courses in agricultural studies and several years of experience related to the service offered.
  • Contractors providing certain services, such as artificial insemination and pesticide application, may require training certificates and provincial licensing.
  • Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers may require a college certificate or other specialized training in agriculture or livestock husbandry.
  • A course or certificate in first aid may be required.

Other considerations

Employment in this group can be highly seasonal.

By the numbers

Quick look

215

employed in 2016

86.0%

employed full-time

37.2%

self employed

43.1%
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56.9%
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50

median age

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

14,665

employed in 2016

84.0%

employed full-time

22.0%

self employed

15.1%
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84.9%
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44.6

median age

Where will I likely work?

35.3%

Annapolis Valley

33.3%

Northern

13.7%

Southern

9.8%

Cape Breton

9.8%

Halifax

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

67.4%

Agriculture

8.7%

Educational Services

6.5%

Information, Culture & Recreation

4.3%

Forestry and Logging

4.3%

Public Administration

What is the age of Employment?

27.3%

15-24

18.2%

55-64

18.2%

25-34

18.2%

45-54

18.2%

35-44

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

42.3%

45-54

26.1%

55-64

18.9%

35-44

8.1%

25-34

3.6%

65+

Top levels of education

32.6%

High school

$20,570 median annual income
20.9%

College certificate or diploma

$28,566 median annual income
20.9%

Less than high school

$20,512 median annual income
9.3%

Bachelor's degree

$26,086 median annual income
7.0%

Trades certificate

$19,480 median annual income

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

34.0%

Less than high school

$14,445 median annual income
31.5%

High school

$14,229 median annual income
14.3%

College certificate or diploma

$21,289 median annual income
14.0%

Trades certificate

$19,107 median annual income
4.3%

Bachelor's degree

$15,980 median annual income

Education & training

Agricultural business and management - General

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any general program that focuses on modern business and economic principles involved in the organization, operation, and management of agricultural enterprises.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture

PO Box 550

Truro, NS B2N 5E3

(902) 893-6600

Animal sciences - General

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any general program that focuses on the scientific principles that underlie the breeding and husbandry of agricultural animals, and the production, processing, and distribution of agricultural animal products. These programs include courses in the animal sciences, animal husbandry and production, and agricultural and food products processing.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture

PO Box 550

Truro, NS B2N 5E3

(902) 893-6600

Crop production

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to cultivate grain, fibre, forage, oilseed, fruits and nuts, vegetables, and other domesticated plant products. These programs include courses in basic principles of plant science, health, and nutrition as applied to particular species and breeds; soil preparation and irrigation; pest management; planting and harvesting operations; product marketing; and applicable issues of safety, regulation, logistics, and supply.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture

PO Box 550

Truro, NS B2N 5E3

(902) 893-6600

Plant sciences - General

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any general program that focuses on the scientific principles that underlie the breeding, cultivation, and production of agricultural plants, and the production, processing, and distribution of agricultural plant products. These programs include courses in the plant sciences, crop cultivation and production, and agricultural and food products processing.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture

PO Box 550

Truro, NS B2N 5E3

(902) 893-6600

Soil science and agronomy - General

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that generally focuses on the scientific classification of soils, soil properties, and their relationship to agricultural crops. These programs include courses in soil chemistry, soil physics, soil biology, soil fertility, morphogenesis, mineralogy, hydrology, agronomy, and soil conservation and management.

There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture
PO Box 2223
Halifax, NS B3J 3C4
Tel: (902) 424-4560
Fax: (902) 424-4671
Nova Scotia Department of Environment
PO Box 442
Halifax, NS B3J 2P8
Tel: (902) 424-3600
Fax: (902) 424-0503

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.

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