3111 AGRICULTURAL TECHNICIANS
AGRICULTURAL TECHNICIANS perform tests and experiments, and provide technical support to assist Agricultural Scientists in areas such as research, production, servicing and marketing.
Indicative Skill Level:
Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.
AQF Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)
In New Zealand:
NZ Register Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)
At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.
examining topographical, physical and soil characteristics of farmland to determine its most effective use and identify nutrient deficiencies
assisting in developing new methods of planting, fertilising, harvesting and processing crops to achieve optimum land usage
identifying pathogenic micro-organisms and insects, parasites, fungi and weeds harmful to crops and livestock, and assisting in devising methods of control
analysing produce to set and maintain standards of quality
inspecting livestock to gauge the effectiveness of feed formulae
assisting in controlled breeding experiments to develop improved crop and livestock strains
arranging the supply of drugs, vaccines and other chemicals to Farmers and Farm Managers, and giving advice on their use
collecting and collating data for research
planning slaughtering, harvesting and other aspects of production processes
may advise producers on farming techniques and management