Farm Worker I

WV Department of Agriculture

Huttonsville , West Virginia

Nature of Work: Under the general supervision and direction of the Farm Manager, this position performs routine manual labor associated with farm work at a state-owned facility using currently accepted agricultural practices and application of new technologies. Work involves the production and care of field crops and livestock.

Examples of Work:

  • Grind and mix feed mixtures for livestock as instructed.
  • Salt, feed, water and bed livestock by hand or use of mechanical feeding equipment.
  • Clean barns, livestock quarters and other buildings.
  • Separate calves from cows and tag calves.
  • Operate equipment such as a tractor, end loader and corn grinder in performing tasks such as hauling hay and manure, plowing and grinding feed.
  • Operate truck with gooseneck trailer for purpose of livestock hauling.
  • Plant and harvest crops by hand and/or by using machines such a corn planter, bailer, dump truck and silage blower.
  • Load and unload trucks of produce, seed, fertilizer, feed, etc.
  • Apply sprays for weeds and insect control.
  • Repair fences, buildings and equipment as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Working Conditions: Standing, sitting, driving, walking, lifting up to 100 lbs., operating and working in proximity of farm machinery, exposure to herbicides and pesticides, outside work and exposure to inclement weather.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • General knowledge in the care of livestock.
  • General knowledge in land cultivation and fertilization practices.
  • General knowledge of livestock sanitation, pest control and building techniques.
  • General knowledge of farm machinery and the maintenance techniques used to care for the equipment.
  • General knowledge of rules, regulations, policies and objectives of the West Virginia Department of Agriculture.
  • Ability to operate farm machinery, equipment and trucks with trailers.
  • Ability to repair fences, buildings and farm equipment.
  • Ability to understand and follow verbal and written instructions.
  • Ability to perform moderate to heavy manual labor.

Minimum Qualifications:


  • Completion of an eighth grade education; graduation from high school or the equivalent preferred.


  • Two years of full-time or equivalent part-time paid experience in a farming operation.
    Substitution: Vocational training in agriculture may be considered as a substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

Additional Requirements:

  • Valid Driver’s License; CDL preferred.
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-employment drug testing.
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-employment law enforcement background investigation, including DMV records.
  • Must maintain a positive image of the Commissioner, West Virginia Department of Agriculture, and the State of West Virginia.
  • This description is subject to review and revision at the discretion of the Commissioner and designees.