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Farm Supervisor - Turf Production

Turf Farming Overview

The ‘greenhouse, nursery, floriculture and turf’ industry includes farms that seed, grow and harvest sod or turf. Different types and varieties of grasses are grown depending on the purpose or end-use of the turf, typically in a field.

  • Production generally is for residential or recreational lawns, the sports turf industry, or highway greening etc. Turf farming requires different skills sets compared to nursery and greenhouse production, as larger machinery is typically utilized. 

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Turf Farm Supervisors spend much of their time overseeing work, as well as working in the office.

  • Farm supervisors operate farm equipment and acquire skills/knowledge through a combination of on-the-job training, formal training, and experience. Typically, Farm Supervisors need some combination of two to three years of post-secondary education; or two to five years of apprenticeship training; or three to four years of secondary school and more than two years of on-the-job training, specialized training courses or specific work experience.

Typical Job Titles

  • Assistant Superintendent
  • Superintendent
  • Assistant in Training
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What are the major tasks associated to this job?

Turf Farm Supervisors supervise activity related to planting, cultivating, and harvesting crops.

  • Supervise the implementation of the strategic plan 
  • Supervise employees 
  • Supervise risk management 
  • Build customer relations 
  • Supervise health and safety 
  • Supervise production 
  • Verify compliance with legislation and regulation 
  • Verify compliance with standard operating procedure (SOPs) 
  • Apply knowledge specific to growing turf 
  • Supervise biosecurity 
  • Supervise environmentally sustainable work practices 
  • Supervise the preparation of fields 
  • Supervise seeding 
  • Monitor compliance with strategies for maintaining turf 
  • Monitor compliance with strategies for integrated pest management (IPM) 
  • Supervise production and harvest 
  • Supervise the preparation and transportation of harvested turf 
  • Manage turf waste 
  • Supervise facilities, equipment and supplies 
  • Participate in research and development 

What competencies are required for this job?

These competencies were identified as most important for successful job performance.

  • Agriculture Health and Safety
  • Environmentally Sustainable Work Practices
  • Turf Production
  • Team Production
  • Decision Making
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Conflict Management 
  • Critical Thinking

What attracts people to this job?

Leadership and supervisory skills and experience are valuable on turf farms, as well as other sub sectors of agriculture and other industries.

  • Supervisors are people who can deal with almost any situation on the farm. On small operations, the owner often works as a supervisor.

Are there opportunities for growth in this job?

Turf Farm Supervisors with extensive training and experience can become Managers. Lateral moves into different technical specialties or to other sites are also possible. 

What are the typical pay rates and benefits for this job?

Depending on the operation and the region of Canada, pay for this category ranges.

  • Benefits can include health and dental, and possibly the use of company vehicles.