Career Harvest

Farm Manager/Owner/Overseer


Manage farm operations including livestock management, crop cultivation, fruit and vegetable production and other agricultural enterprises.


Crop Production
Perform annual tasks to grow a wide variety of crops such as grains, oilseeds, sugar cane, cotton, fruits, and vegetables.

Livestock Production
Manage the breeding and raising of a wide range of animals including beef and dairy cattle, sheep, pigs, horses and poultry.


  • Prepare or assist with preparation of annual forecasts, budgets and other business plans
  • Recruit, supervise and ensure the ongoing training of farm staff
  • Maintain production and other farm records including the estimated operating costs, ordering of farm inputs, marketing of produce and monitoring of animal health and feeding requirements
  • Control costs of production in line with budget expectation
  • Produce crops and/or livestock to achieve volume, quality and cost objectives
  • Clean and maintain buildings, sheds, equipment and facilities to ensure health standards and high quality of produce
  • Ensure safe and effective handling of equipment
  • Undertake activities to minimise environmental degradation. Monitor environmental effects of farming activities and repair existing damage
  • Plan and organise marketing and sale of produce to achieve high returns

Crop Production

  • Select crop types and determine area to be sown
  • Conduct a wide range of farming operations including cultivation, sowing, spraying and harvesting

Livestock Production

  • Care and raise livestock for the production of meat, wool, milk and other animal products
  • Ensure good animal health is maintained through provision of adequate quality and quantity of pasture and other feed
  • Organise and conduct general farm activities including livestock control, pest management, shearing, milking and mating

Personal Requirements

  • planning skills
  • problem solving skills
  • work independently
  • computer skills
  • like working outdoors
  • communication skills
  • mechanical skills
  • enjoy working with animals
  • management and organisation skills


For this Position, the skills required could have been developed through on the job training, previous work experience in other related roles and through specialised and/or vocation training and/or through a Tertiary Qualification in Science, Humanities or Commerce.

Specialist vocational training and further education are available through the following institutions:

Marcus Oldham Farm Management College

Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges

Longerenong College/Workco


Tertiary Education Providers


Charles Sturt University

University of New England

The University of Sydney

University of Western Sydney


La Trobe

The University of Melbourne

Marcus Oldham Business School

South Australia

The University of Adelaide

Western Australia

Curtin University

The University of Western Australia


University of Tasmania


James Cook University

The University of Queensland

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