Harvesting Labourers

NOC 8611


Harvesting Labourers assist other farm workers to harvest, sort and pack crops.


  • Pick row and orchard crops
  • Sort, weigh and pack fruit and vegetables at the farm
  • Load, unload and transfer crates, supplies, farm produce and products for transport
  • Clean up racks, trays, and harvest bins and general clean up of growing, producing and packing areas
  • Assist with general farm maintenance and maintenance of equipment and tools
  • May assist in preparing garden beds for planting
  • May write daily progress reports of inventory harvested

Other Titles

  • Crop Farm Labourer
  • Apple Picker
  • Berry Picker
  • Fruit Sorter
  • Harvest Hand
  • Vegetable Packer
  • Fruit Picker

(Government of Canada National Occupation Classification)


  • Physical stamina
  • Independence
  • Dependable
  • Initiative
  • Monitoring
  • Self Control
  • Adaptability

Education/Training Requirements

There are no specific education or training requirements for this occupation.

Potential Earnings in Durham Region

The average and median wages and salaries for individuals employed as harvesting labourers are as follows. Place of Residence (POR) is defined as individuals who reside within the Durham Region. Place of Work (POW) is defined as individuals who are employed within the Durham Region.

Median Wages and Salaries (POR): Average Wages and Salaries (POR): Median Wages and Salaries (POW): Average Wages and Salaries (POW):
$20,653 $18,744 $20,666 $19,863


Employment Prospects

Industry (NAICS) Jobs in Durham Region (POW) Durham Region Residents Employed (POR)
111-112 Farms 105 100
1110 Farms (except aquaculture) 105 105

(Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development 2016 data in Durham Workforce Authority’s 2017 Sector Report)

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