Farm Labor Contractor  What They Do

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Farm Labor Contractors Career Video



Recruits and hires seasonal or temporary agricultural laborers. May transport, house, and provide meals for workers.

This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Agribusiness Systems pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Pays wages of contracted farm laborers.
  • Provides food, drinking water, and field sanitation facilities to contracted workers.
  • Recruits and hires agricultural workers.
  • Employs foremen to deal directly with workers when recruiting, hiring, instructing, assigning tasks, and enforcing work rules.
  • Supervises the work of contracted employees.
  • Furnishes tools for employee use.
  • Directs and transports workers to appropriate work sites.
  • Provides check-cashing services to employees.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 50 lbs., sometimes up to 100 lbs. You will need a lot of strength at this level.
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overtime work
  • Seasonal work
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Field Manager --
  • Field Supervisor --