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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 565K
Category: Agricultural Operations


This is the specialist, or leadworker level of the series. Leads assigned crew and performs a variety of assignments in general farming work which may include, assisting in the care and management of livestock, or operating a variety of light, medium, and heavy farm equipment.  Regularly assigns, instructs, and checks the work of others.  May supervise and train lower laborers, livestock attendants, farm workers, and part-time helpers.

Typical Work

Directs the harvesting and packing of fruits, grains, or vegetables; 

Prepares cost reports and maintains records of yields and related information; 

Inspects livestock, farm buildings, and equipment; ensures cleanliness, orderliness, and proper repairs; 

Observes animals for symptoms indicating disease, for reproductive phenomena such as estrus, approaching parturition, or other behavioral phenomena; administers prescribed treatment for minor ailments and injuries; 

May supervise lower level staff.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer's responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Three years of experience in farm work or maintaining livestock. College or vocational training in agriculture may be substituted for the work experience. Some positions require appropriate state licenses.

Class Specification History

New class consolidates 4542 Farm Worker Lead, 4551 Herds Manager I, 4583 Farm Equipment Operator II; effective January 1, 2006.