Agriculture, Fishing, Farming and Forestry

  • Do you have a passion for big, open spaces?
  • Are you interested in farming or nature?
  • Are you willing to work in all weather conditions?
If you said YES to ONE of these questions – this job sector may interest you. Most careers and jobs under Agriculture, Fishing, Farming and Forestry require you to work outdoors and get your hands dirty. Don’t worry, not all jobs are ‘dirty’ - there also office, administration and research jobs that fit into this sector. South Africa needs people to work towards supplying its population with meat, fish, fruit and vegetables. If you want to be part of this ‘outdoor’ industry, click on the different sectors on the left (or below) to find different and interesting job descriptions.

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Job descriptions

Click on any of the below sub categories for Agriculture, Fishing, Farming and Forestry to view all the Job descriptions

Agricultural Advisor

If working in the agricultural arena is your passion then becoming an Agricultural Advisor could be just what you are looking for. The Agricultural Advisor develops a strong connection with the agricultural sector in a specific region and determines its farming needs and progress.

Agricultural Economist

An Agricultural Economist analyses economic and social phenomena in the world and its impact on agriculture. An Agricultural Economist should have mathematical skills, be intuitive and have excellent communication skills.

Agricultural Food Scientist

Does a career in solving problems in the production of the nation’s food supply interest you. Agricultural Scientists’ job is to study the commercial farming of plants and animals as well as the cultivation techniques to improve the quality, productivity and sustainability of farms.

Agricultural Inspector

Agricultural Inspectors make sure that all agricultural products are of a high quality. There are 3 main fields in which the Agricultural inspector can specialise: Plant and Quality Control, Meat Inspection and Animal Health.

Agricultural Journalist

An Agricultural Journalist’s job is to cover events, write articles of interest and stories which are relevant to farmers and others in their area. They gather news by observing, interviewing and researching relevant topics/events.

Agricultural Manager

Agricultural Manager’s job is to guide and assist farmers in maximizing the financial returns to their land by managing the day-to-day activities. Their duties and responsibilities vary widely.

Agricultural Pilot

An Agricultural Pilot’s job is to fly small aircraft filled with chemicals or fertiliser which is sprayed over the farm lands. If you have a passion for flying and big, open spaces, then this career might be what you’re looking for!

Agricultural Technician

The job of an Agricultural Technician – to be responsible for assisting and advising farmers, agricultural businesses, rural industries and government regarding production, processing and distribution of farm products.

Agriculturalist – Extension Officer

Do you have a love of nature and the outdoor life and are you able to communicate effectively? A career as an Agricultural Extension Officer might interest you. Agricultural Extension Officers are involved with the distribution of agricultural information to rural towns, who in turn, teach rural farmers to become better farmers.

Agronomist

An Agronomist’s job is to investigate field crop problems and develop new and improved growing methods for higher yields or better quality. This includes crops such as corn, maize, grain sorghum, peanuts, sunflower, cotton, sugar-cane, potatoes and forage.

Animal Production Manager

Are you able to work alone or as part of a team and do you have a love of animals and the outdoors? The job of an Animal Production Manager is to co-ordinate and manage the day to day tasks in animal production on a farm. This might be the career you’re looking for!

Aquaculturist

Aquaculturists are ‘marine farmers’ who specialists in either fresh or sea water animals and plants. They specialise in raising and breeding aquatic animals such as shrimp, fish, oysters, perlemoen, etc, in a controlled environment.

Beekeeper

Beekeepers are also known as honey farmers or apiarists. A Beekeeper is a person who keeps honey bees in hives or boxes. The bees are free to come and go. Honey bees produce honey, beeswax and royal jelly, propolis (bee glue and bee antiseptic) and queen bees.

Bird (Avian) Farm Manager

A Bird (Avian) Farm Manager specialises in breeding various types of birds. For example: exotic species for pet shops or export or breeding chicks for poultry and/or egg-producing farmers.

Crop Farmer

Farmers who grow crops use their knowledge of soils and plants to determine fertilizer and irrigation needs, obtain seeds for planting, prepare the soil for planting, combat plant diseases and insect pests, harvest crops and sell them

Crop Production Manager

Crop Production Managers are responsible for managing staff and workers to produce crops on farms. They oversee and co-ordinate the planting, irrigation, spraying, weeding, harvesting and grading of crops.

Farm Worker

A Farm Worker is a person who is hired to work on a farm. Depending on the size and type of farm, the work may be either part-time (seasonal) or full time (permanent).

Farmer (Crops)

Crop Farmers grow the same plant on a large scale for economic purposes for the food and clothing industry. For example: wheat, corn, rice, sugar, vegetables, fruit, cotton, hemp etc. Some crop farmers might specialise in other kinds of plants like lavender, herbs, fresh flowers etc.

Farmer (Livestock)

Livestock Farmers will usually farm one kind of animal for food (meat, eggs, milk etc) or for clothing (leather, wool, feathers etc). For example: cows, sheep, goats, horses, pigs, game, poultry, fish, bees, etc.

Farming Consultant

A Farming Consultant is like a farm owner’s right hand person. A Farming Consultant’s job is to assist a farm owner in almost every aspect of their farm. It therefore stands to reason that Farming Consultants need to have a very varied and up-to-date knowledge base.

Fisherman

Fishermen are passionate about the ocean. They spend many hours away from home on a fishing boat or trawler. Often, Fishermen come from a fishing family and may have even grown up in a fishing village or town.

Floriculturist

Floriculture may be a bright and colourful career choice for you! Floriculture, or flower growing businesses produce fresh and dried flowers and foliage for a mixture of markets such as wholesale flower markets, florists and retail outlets, and in some cases for export.

Forester

Foresters are in demand locally and internationally! A Forester is a person who specialises in forestry (the science, art, and profession of managing forests). A Forester’s job is to manage a forestry plantation, staff and its contractors.

Game Farm Manager

In South Africa, Game Farm Managers are responsible for breeding and rearing of high quality game animals (eg zebra, springbok, rhino, etc) for resale. They participate in game captures to fulfil orders placed by buyers and ensure the safety and well- being of the animals during capturing.

Grain and Seed Broker

A Grain and Seed Broker is the ‘middle man’ between farms and businesses interested in buying grain and seed. Grain and Seed Brokers have the responsibility to get the best deal for both the farmer and interested buyers. Grain and Seed Brokers are good negotiators.

Grain Grader

A Grain Grader works in a laboratory and through examination, tests and various calculations etc, they class and grade the grain according to its quality.

Mixed Crop Farmer

Becoming a Mixed Crop Farmer entails the raising of two or more crops in the same area at the same time. These crops may include maize, fruit, flowers, etc.

Stud and Stable Manager

Horse racing is a huge industry in SA. It’s growing and contributes a lot to our national economy. Stud and Stable Managers are equine (horse) specialists who look after and manage the horses whole they’re in the stables.

Trout Farmer

Trout farmers ‘farm’ trout for commercial purposes. Most Trout Farmers have their own farms, from which they run commercial trout fishing operations.

Viticulturist

Viticulturists are also known as grape growers. The job of a Viticulturist is to grow grapes for the purpose of making wine.

Wildlife / Game Farmer

Wildlife / Game Farmer is a wildlife animal breeder either for conservation or for hunters.

Wood Scientist

A Wood Scientist studies the physical, chemical and biological properties of wood to find ways of processing the raw material into different products such as pulp, paper, building and construction timber and products such as chipboard, fibre board and laminated beams.

Wood Technologist

A Wood Technologist uses their practical and academic knowledge of timber and timber processing technology to make sure the conversion of raw timber to saleable products such as plywood, particle board or paper, meets quality standards and efficiency.

Wool Classer

The job of a Wool Classer is to sort, classify and grade wool into various types so that it can be sold at the best market price.