Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

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+ Agricultural and Food Science Technicians Job Description
Applied science in the biological and agricultural industries have enabled our country to become one of the largest food and medicine producers in the world. Much of this research occurs in scientific laboratories where biological, agricultural and food technicians are employed. Biological, agricultural and food Technicians set up, operate and maintain laboratory instruments, monitor experiments, make observations, calculate and record results view more

+ Agricultural Equipment Operators Job Description
Some farms grow wheat, corn, or cotton. Others grow fruit or vegetables. All farms need special machines and farm equipment operators to control them. Many farm machines, including planters and tillers, are pulled or powered by tractors. Others, such as harvesters and combines are self-contained. In general, the equipment tends to be rugged and relatively easy to run and repair. But even with air-conditioned operator cabs and built-in stereo sound, plowing or harvesting hundreds of acres of farmland can be tedious view more

+ Agriculture Food and Natural Resources Job Description
People who work in Agriculture and Natural Resources are carrying on a tradition as old as civilization itself. Ever since humans made the transition from hunting and gathering to farming and building homes, they have relied on those who specialized in developing sources for food and shelter. The search for food, and the operation of tools for planting and harvesting, now uses the very latest technology view more

+ Animal Breeders Job Description
From the fastest racehorse...to the cat recognized as best in show...it often takes more than just Mother Nature to create an animal with superior qualities. Animal Breeders use their knowledge of genetics and animal science to produce animals with specifically desired traits. Man has been selectively raising animals for thousands of years. But what was originally done by trial and error...is now governed by precise scientific principles view more

+ Animal Trainers Job Description
People love animals -- and animals are even more lovable when they're well-trained. Professional animal trainers teach animals new behaviors… whether it's a complicated routine at a live animal show… a search and rescue operation… or simply training a puppy not to jump up onto visitors. Animals such as dogs, birds and monkeys have been trained to assist individuals who are deaf, blind or mobility-impaired view more

+ Conservation Scientists Job Description
Today’s growers and ranchers know productive soil and rangelands don't just happen…therefore, they rely on help from science and technology. Conservation scientists look for the best ways to maximize land use…without harming it. The two main areas of their work are soil conservation and range management. Working in this field means -- working in a field, often! Conservation scientists usually start by studying how the land is being used and the resulting problems view more

+ Farm Equipment Mechanics Job Description
September's "harvest moon" is often bright enough to let farmers harvest crops far into the night. It's a moon that farm equipment mechanics know well. Although flood lights mean that farmers no longer have to rely on the moon, the farmers however, rely more than ever on the mechanics who keep their combines and harvesters running, even during the night. Agriculture today is big business. That means large farms that require large, specialized machinery: tractors with 400-horsepower diesel engines, hay balers, planters and grain augers, milking machines, and spraying and irrigation equipment view more

+ Farmers and Ranchers Job Description
Farmers and ranchers live in a close connection with the cycle of seasons, the earth and its creatures. Growing crops and raising livestock is a profession as old as civilization itself. Yet modern farming methods, and the global marketplace, have transformed the process. So let go of stereotypes about how farmers live and work. In addition to traditional crops such as corn and wheat, you might be interested in a peach farm in New Jersey or a horse ranch in Montana view more

+ Farmworkers, Farm and Ranch Animals Job Description
Automation is increasingly replacing manual labor down on the farm, but there are still many tasks best performed by people. Called Farmworkers, the tasks they handle depend on the size of the operation and what the farm grows. On a livestock farm or ranch, these workers provide for the care and feeding of the animals and poultry. At the first sign of disease, injury or poor weight gain, farmworkers give the ailing animal medical attention or arrange for veterinary care view more

+ First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Farming, Fishing
Farms…fish hatcheries…and commercial forests share a common need: to produce with efficiency, they require a support team of trained workers. Leading those teams are first-line supervisors of farming, fishing and forestry. Most often, these managers have spent time on the front-lines, performing many of the same duties they oversee. But in addition to hands-on expertise, they've demonstrated superior organizational skills and the ability to motivate other workers view more

+ First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Landscape, Lawn Service
When it comes to beautiful landscaping, Mother Nature doesn’t get all the credit. It often takes an entire team of workers to insure that the grounds are properly cared for. They’re overseen by First Line Supervisors. They may also be called Managers of Landscaping, Lawn Service and Grounds Keeping Work. Whether on a private estate or public property, landscaping and grounds keeping is usually a year-round job view more

+ Fish Hatchery Managers Job Description
A surprising amount of the fish that we eat…or catch in the wild…was actually bred by humans. Fish hatchery managers supervise farms that raise fish for consumer markets, recreational fishing, and research. Government hatcheries are dedicated to restoring depleted fish populations in rivers and lakes across the country. Hatchery managers direct the activities of workers. The manager makes sure that every step in the breeding process is performed correctly view more

+ Fishers and Related Fishing Workers Job Description
Fishing is often called the most dangerous job in the world. Commercial fishing vessels can be trawlers, like the boat shown here that pulls a large net through the water. Or longliners, that string lines of hooks behind them for miles. Other vessels include: potters or lobster boats; gillnetters; purse seiners; and even hook and liners that catch their fish one at a time with fishing poles view more

+ Fishing Men and Women Job Description
Fishing is often called the most dangerous job in the world. Commercial fishing vessels can be trawlers, like the boat shown here that pulls a large net through the water. Or longliners, that string lines of hooks behind them for miles. Other vessels include: potters or lobster boats; gillnetters; purse seiners; and even hook and liners that catch their fish one at a time with fishing poles view more

+ Forest and Conservation Technicians Job Description
They are all around us, creating beauty, providing timber, and even helping to clean the air. But we too often we take trees...and the forests where they grow...for granted. Once ubiquitous and self-sufficient, our nation’s woodlands now require special management and care. That’s the job of forest and conservation technicians. They usually work outdoors, often in remote locations, checking the health of individual trees – and tree populations view more

+ Forest and Conservation Workers Job Description
Forests, meadows, rivers, and streams--and the wildlife they shelter--are systems with many complex parts. It is the job of forest and conservation workers to make sure that those parts mesh smoothly and remain in balance. Formal technical training is almost always required, especially for specific duties such as diagnosing and treating diseased trees. While other duties, such as planting food plots for wildlife, require at least a high school degree view more

+ Foresters Job Description
Healthy forests provide us with clean air and water, abundant wildlife, and natural beauty we can all enjoy. They also supply the paper and wood products we use everyday. A forester is a professional trained in the art and science of managing this vital resource. Foresters are outdoors a great deal. Typical duties include measuring trees and supervising timber harvests. Foresters look for signs of insects and disease view more

+ Geologists Job Description
Geologists are scientists who study the planet Earth -- its composition, processes and history. The field is so vast, geologists tend to specialize, for example… Engineering geologists offer advice on major construction projects, such as dams and tunnels. Paleontologists study fossils found in geological formations to trace the evolution of plant and animal life and the geologic history of earth view more

+ Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products Job Descriptions
Have you ever wondered who decides that an egg is “Grade A” …or that a cut of beef is “Prime”? Consumers rely on the professional judgment of Agricultural Graders and Sorters. They determine what’s best, what’s second best…and what’s unacceptable. Graders and sorters examine agricultural products and unprocessed foods headed for market. They rate them according to size, weight, appearance and condition view more

+ Landscape and Groundskeeping Workers Job Description
Someone once said that what a gardener needs is a cast-iron back with a hinge in it. That was before the invention of backhoes, chain saws, edgers, and other power tools used by today’s gardeners and groundskeepers. But much of the work is still physical, and almost all of it is done outdoors — in all kinds of weather. Gardeners prepare flowerbeds, plant trees and shrubs, de-thatch lawns, and apply fertilizer and pesticides view more

+ Lawn Maintenance Workers Job Description
It takes skill to maintain a lawn, and it is surprising how many lawns most of us take for granted: stadiums, schools, office parks, public parks and government facilities, highway median strips, and, of course, home back yards. All of these lawns need the services of lawn maintenance workers. In this profession, it’s important to know how to operate, adjust, and make minor repairs to mowers, gas-powered trimmers, and even chain saws view more

+ Loading Machine Operators, Underground Mining Job
So many of the things that end up making our lives easier…started off deep underground. Helping to extract coal, metal and non-metallic minerals from the earth's interior is the job of miners. Loading machine operators help clear the mine of debris. They control machinery equipped with power shovels, scrapers or scoops… or with gathering arms and a conveyor. Rock, coal or other materials are loaded into vehicles that will transport them away from the job site view more

+ Logging Equipment Operators Job Description
Paper and lumber companies grow trees the way farmers grow corn--as a crop to be planted, cultivated, and harvested. Log handling equipment operators play a crucial role in the harvesting process. Most work as part of a team employed by a logging contractor. After loggers have cut and trimmed the trees and cut the logs to a specified length, the logs are taken to a loading area called a "landing view more

+ Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders Job Description
High impact bars inside a car door…steel girders supporting skyscrapers…even that piece of foil around your sandwich…have one thing in common. All were once ore or scrap metal that was melted down and carefully mixed with additives, before being shaped. Metal-refining melters, furnace operators, blowers and keepers monitor and control vessels and furnaces that melt and purify metal so that it can be poured into a mold to make a product view more

+ Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Operators Job Description
Since the beginning of history, man has battled to wrest minerals from the earth. What was once backbreaking labor with hand tools is now a job for motorized machines. Mine-cutting and channeling machine operators work above ground or deep below the earth's surface. They operate and maintain equipment that cuts along the face of mineral deposits to ease the removal process. Some of these tools are the size of railroad cars view more

+ Nonfarm Animal Caretakers Job Description
A love of animals is just the beginning. If you wish to pursue a career as an animal caretaker, you must care enough about creatures to carry you through the difficulties of coping with a wide variety of chores and needs. Veterinary assistants in animal hospitals and clinics are trained to prepare the animals for surgery, and to clean them, and their cages. You cannot be squeamish about cleaning wounds and incisions, or coping with messes view more

+ Nursery and Greenhouse Managers Job Description
Nursery and greenhouse managers are the people most directly responsible for producing the plants, flowers and shrubbery that nearly everyone loves. Some are employed at the large industrial-scale operations that supply supermarkets and national retail outlets, but most are employed by local nurseries and garden centers. Nursing a plant along from a cutting or a seedling until it grows to a salable size requires a great deal of care view more

+ Nursery Workers Job Description
People love plants. Shrubs provide privacy and reduce noise. Gardens add color and often attract butterflies and birds. But, whether you buy your plants at a home or garden center, a grocery store, or someplace else, they all come from plant nurseries. These are businesses that literally "nurse" seedlings in greenhouses until they can survive in the outside world. Nursery workers make this possible view more

+ Pest Control Workers Job Description
Pest controllers and their assistants eliminate rats, mice, termites, wasps, and other pests from places where they do not belong. Restaurants, where food is prepared; apartment buildings, where infants and toddlers live; and any place else where people can be bitten, stung, or made sick by pests and the diseases they carry… These are all part of a pest controller's territory. Since many pest control jobs involve working with powerful poisons and chemicals, it is important to be alert at all times and to follow proper safety procedures view more

+ Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicator Job Description
Keeping plants free of bugs and disease or helping them grow more robust, often requires the application of pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals. Sprayers and applicators do a lot more than press the “on” switch. They must know how to handle the chemicals carefully. Many of the substances used to treat plants are poisonous, and some can cause skin damage. It’s also important to know when the application should be made, where on the plant or soil it’s most effective, and how much should be used view more

+ Plant Scientists Job Description
Plant scientists work from the ground, up -- to make farming more productive. They can specialize in one of several areas of study. Agronomists and crop scientists look for ways to get more out of each plant, even how to boost nutritional value and seed output. Some are experts in the breeding and physiology of plants, and use genetic engineering to enhance Mother Nature. They work in the lab and the greenhouse, genetically altering plants to achieve specific traits… perhaps sprout more quickly… or adapt to certain types of soil or climates… or use less water view more

+ Soil Conservationists Job Description
Soil doesn’t just lie there on the ground. With its combination of minerals and living matter, soil plays a vital role in our planet’s ecosystem. Soil can support agriculture…herds of cattle...and all kinds of structures. But only if it’s healthy. Soil Conservationists help tend this important resource. They work with property owners and governments to determine how to use the land – without damaging it view more

+ Soil Scientists Job Description
It's a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it -- and soil scientists do. They study the properties of soil -- all types of soil -- to help agriculture and other industries use it effectively. Soil scientists split their time between farms and agricultural research stations where they survey and collect soil samples…and laboratories where they use specialized equipment to analyze those samples view more

+ Tree Trimmers and Pruners Job Description
Pruners learn their skills on the job. But they must possess a talent that is difficult to teach: A good eye for creating even lines and a balanced appearance. A pruner usually works for a landscaping firm or garden service, and uses hand and power tools to trim and shape bushes, shrubs and trees. Satisfying the customer and the boss is important, so you have to work quickly and carefully—once a hedge has been cut, you can’t put the branches back again! To be a pruner you have to be strong view more

+ Veterinarians Job Description
Veterinarians are doctors who diagnose and treat illnesses in animals and protect the public from animal diseases. Most vets are in private practice and treat small pets, like dogs, cats and birds. Other vets treat large animals like horses, cows and pigs. Some veterinarians care for zoo, aquarium or laboratory animals. Veterinarians also work for government agencies as Veterinary Inspectors view more

+ Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers
Veterinary assistants work with veterinarians and veterinary technicians to treat animals for disease, administer shots or pills, and assist during surgery. As such, they are the rough equivalent of the aides who assist nurses and doctors in caring for people. The job may include doing the "dirty work" of cleaning kennels and sweeping out cages. But it also includes such gratifying tasks as grooming an animal and bringing it food and water view more

+ Veterinary Technologists and Technicians Job Description
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians are the unsung heroes of the animal world. These animal healthcare workers assist veterinarians, biomedical researchers and other scientists. Also called “vet techs,” they handle a wide variety of tasks. The vet tech often performs the initial examination, taking samples and running tests in the lab. They assist in surgery, monitoring the patient's heart and respiratory rates…as well as handing instruments and other items to the surgeon view more

+ Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists Job Description
If you like to ask questions, weigh evidence, and solve problems – and you like the idea of your "office" being the great outdoors -- consider a job as a zoologist or wildlife biologist. Zoologists study animals and how they live and grow in their natural surroundings. They usually specialize in a specific type of animal, scrutinizing its behavior, diseases, and development. Wildlife biologists are concerned with the preservation of all types of animal and plant life, as well as with their overall environment view more