Salary and Outlook
According to the US Department of Labor, there are 53,300 people employed as first-line supervisors of farming, fishing, and forestry workers in
the United States.
The median annual salary is $48,640.
Entry level employees earn approximately $32,400 per year and senior employees earn approximately $79,050
Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.
- Inspect facilities to determine maintenance needs.
- Confer with managers to determine production requirements, conditions of equipment and supplies, and work schedules.
- Prepare and maintain time or payroll reports, as well as details of personnel actions, such as performance evaluations, hires, promotions, or disciplinary actions.
- Monitor or oversee construction projects, such as horticultural buildings or irrigation systems.
- Requisition or purchase supplies, such as insecticides, machine parts or lubricants, or tools.
- Issue equipment, such as farm implements, machinery, ladders, or containers to workers, and collect equipment when work is complete.
- Calculate or monitor budgets for maintenance or development of collections, grounds, or infrastructure.
- Train workers in techniques such as planting, harvesting, weeding, or insect identification and in the use of safety measures.
- Confer with managers to evaluate weather or soil conditions, to develop plans or procedures, or to discuss issues such as changes in fertilizers, herbicides, or cultivating techniques.
- Communicate with forestry personnel regarding forest harvesting or forest management plans, procedures, or schedules.
- Inspect crops, fields, or plant stock to determine conditions and need for cultivating, spraying, weeding, or harvesting.
- Coordinate the selection and movement of logs from storage areas, according to transportation schedules or production requirements.
- Schedule work crews, equipment, or transportation for several different work locations.
- Drive or operate farm machinery, such as trucks, tractors, or self-propelled harvesters, to transport workers or supplies or to cultivate or harvest fields.
- Perform both supervisory and management functions, such as accounting, marketing, and personnel work.
- Transport or arrange for transport of animals, equipment, food, animal feed, and other supplies to and from work sites.
- Inspect buildings, fences, fields or ranges, supplies, and equipment to determine work to be performed.
- Read inventory records, customer orders, or shipping schedules to determine required activities.
- Coordinate dismantling, moving, and setting up equipment at new work sites.
- Assign tasks such as feeding and treatment of animals, and cleaning and maintenance of animal quarters.
- Record the numbers and types of fish or shellfish reared, harvested, released, sold, and shipped.
- Monitor workers to ensure that safety regulations are followed, warning or disciplining those who violate safety regulations.
- Observe animals for signs of illness, injury, or unusual behavior, notifying veterinarians or managers as warranted.
- Observe fish and beds or ponds to detect diseases, monitor fish growth, determine quality of fish, or determine completeness of harvesting.
- Train workers in tree felling or bucking, operation of tractors or loading machines, yarding or loading techniques, or safety regulations.
- Treat animal illnesses or injuries, following experience or instructions of veterinarians.
- Train workers in spawning, rearing, cultivating, and harvesting methods, and in the use of equipment.