A Farmer performs farm work requiring skill and experience in raising various kinds of crops and livestock on a State farm.
Positions in this class are located in the Department of Correctional Services and in State University agricultural and technical colleges.
The position of Farmer is characterized by the performance of general farm work involving such activities as the care and management of a dairy herd or of livestock and for the planting, cultivating and harvesting of field and garden crops, or is in charge of a specific farm operation.
In such operations a Farmer typically trains and instructs a farm staff including State wards or students at an agricultural and technical college, and supervises the performance of their work.
The class of Farmhand is distinguished from that of Farmer in that a Farmhand performs routine manual labor and general farm work under the supervision of a Farmer or higher level farm position.
A Farmer performs a variety of general or specific farm work tasks which may vary according to season and weather conditions in caring for and managing livestock and/or garden, field and orchard crops.
Grows and manages the production of a variety of crops.
Cares for and manages livestock.
Services, adjusts and makes minor repairs to farm machines and equipment according to manufacturer's maintenance manuals and preventive maintenance schedules.
Trains and instructs farm workers including State wards or students in various farm operations and in the use of farm equipment and tools, and supervises the performance of their work.
The nature of a Farmer's activities generally restricts relationships to employees working within the same farm unit. Such relationships are characterized by frequent oral communications with the supervisor and as assigned with the crew working under the Farmer's direction.
Although incumbents may have frequent verbal relationships with others the tasks of this class are predominantly thing-oriented and involvement with others is not a factor in determining its classification.
Farmers are supervised by higher level farm positions usually a Head Farmer who plans operations, assigns work and makes periodic inspections of work areas to insure that activities are being carried out properly. Although the supervisor is usually readily available, the Farmer works with considerable independence in performing the assigned activities and tasks.
As assigned, a Farmer supervises Farmhands, State wards or students in making assignments and giving instructions and assistance in performing the work.
Farmers use a variety of hand and portable power tools and the power-driven farm implements and equipment used in the farm operation to which assigned. Incumbents may occasionally operate motor vehicles.
Three years of farm experience or one year of farm experience plus completion of a high school agricultural course or of one year of agricultural education beyond the high school level.