Job Descriptions

You’ll be responsible for the smooth running of the farm business, dealing with accounts, budgets, salaries and other financial issues.
You’ll also likely be the first point of contact with suppliers and customers.
You’ll work closely with farmers, farm managers etc to ensure that all tasks are completed to schedule and in compliance with relevant legislation.
The job is a combination of everyday tasks and more complex management issues.

Working as an Agricultural Contractor means you’re a service provider for farmers who haven’t the resources available for certain roles.
You’ll likely be self-employed or perhaps have your own company and you may specialise in one area of the farm business, or have several areas for which you can provide services.
These different areas include crop spraying, applying fertiliser, harvesting, and working with animals.

As an Agricultural Inspector you’ll be helping to keep our food safe.
You’ll be responsible for monitoring and evaluating agricultural standards and ensuring that farmers are fully compliant at all times.
This could mean standards in health and safety, EU environmental legislation, animal welfare standards and farm assurance etc.
Most likely you will be employed by one of a number of government related agencies such as the Health & Safety Executive, Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs or the Red Tractor Scheme. Note that local equivalents to these bodies can exist in the devolved nations.

You’ll be working with a variety of types of agricultural machinery which help with soil preparation, planting of crops, harvesting and processing.

As well as operating the equipment you’ll be expected to maintain and clean everything to high standards of safety and hygiene; you may be required to undertake basic repairs as well.

You are likely to be employed either on a large farm or for an agricultural contractor.

As an Agricultural Scientist, you will conduct research of crops and animals aimed at improving farming techniques to enhance the efficiency and profitability of farm businesses.

This means conducting tests, collating and analysing samples, and compiling reports on any number of factors that affect agricultural production; you can then use these reports to inform farmers, seed suppliers etc of potential improvements to be made

You will also study the effects of different farming techniques, pests and varying environmental factors that also affect outputs.

The Agricultural Scientist will try and strike a fair balance between the economic concerns of the farmer and other conservation issues

Working as an agronomist you’ll be investigating ways of improving soil productivity to maximise the production of consistently high quality crops without harming the environment.

You’ll continually update your knowledge and recommend improvements for your farmer clients.

You’ll also be responsible for solving any problems that arise with crops and making sure that all government legislation is complied with.

As the Assistant Farm Manager you’ll be responsible for helping the Farm Manager in the management of all the sections on a farm, and you’ll work closely with the heads of the various sections of the business.

You’ll also very likely be given specific areas of responsibility to head up on the Manager’s behalf such as animal welfare issues, health & safety or possibly managing a farm diversification project etc.

Your role will also require you to deputise for the Farm Manager when dealing with suppliers and customers as well from time to time.

Biochemists investigate the chemistry of all living things.
As a Biochemist working in the Agricultural sector you could be studying the interaction between plants and herbicides, and developing genetically engineered crops that are resistant to drought, disease and so on.
Within the Food sector you could be researching methods of developing cheap and nutritious foods, or inventing ways to prolong product shelf life, or perhaps determining the chemical composition of foods.

As a Poultry Catcher you’ll be a member of a team travelling to a number of poultry farms on a daily basis and catching live birds, and loading them safely into module drawers for shipment.
You and the other team members will report to a Foreperson who makes sure that all of the work is carried out efficiently and on schedule, with the welfare of the birds a prime concern.

As an Ecologist you’ll be helping to protect the natural world by studying the relationship between living organisms and the environment in which they live.
You could do this through conducting ecological surveys aimed at balancing the needs of the environment, suggesting ideas for effective land management or perhaps monitoring rural and urban areas of the country and reporting on any ecological risks or problems your work uncovers.
Often you will specialise in one particular area of ecology, perhaps a specific environment, or types of plants or animals.