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The Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources cluster is largely involved with cultivating and refining what the planet has to offer and creating goods that are consumable. There are many resources that are needed to support day to day living, so this cluster may be broader than most would think. Not only does this cluster include the farmers who provide us with food, but also loggers, miners and the mechanics who keep their machinery up and running. The Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources cluster has seen a recent revolution in terms of the level of automation utilized in the field. Whereas previously this type of work would take a team of laborers requiring minimal education, today many tasks are completely more quickly by a smaller team of individuals educated on how to use the current technology.
Agriculture inspectors ensure that agricultural entities comply with government regulations. These workers may review and audit logging, fishing or farming operations to ensure that all procedures, goods and equipment comply with safety and health regulations. They basically work to make sure our food supply is safe.
Animal care specialists provide various types of care to animals including feeding, bathing, monitoring, exercising, and training. Different tasks are required depending on the job setting. In a zoo setting, a specialist may be required to work with the animals in shows or with groups of school kids.
They are the law enforcement officers of the great outdoors. They're responsible for managing and protecting wildlife and water resources.They enforce the federal and provincial regulations established for the protection of fish, wildlife and other natural resources and collect and relay information on resource management.
Environmental engineers use scientific principles (related to engineering, biology, chemistry) to analyze environmental problems and develop solutions. They often work on issues related to public health, pollution control, recycling, and waste disposal.
Fish hatchery managers raise fish as cash crops or for release into bodies of fresh or salt water. Their responsibilities include tracking fish life cycles and growth rates and controlling disease. The biggest challenge for fishery managers is integrating innovative methods of breeding and trapping fish that are environmentally conscientious and economically profitable. Fishery managers also supervise workers and prepare budget reports required by state and federal law.
Forest and conservation workers maintain and protect forests by planting new seedlings, clearing brush from trails, spraying insecticides and fungicides, removing diseased trees, and anything else they are instructed to do by foresters.
Foresters are in charge of managing forests. This work may involve determining the amount and value of timber in a forest, determining how to best conserve land and wildlife on the property, and monitoring the overall quality of the trees in a forest. All of this must be done while taking into account environmental regulations.
A Geologist studies the composition, structure, and processes related to the Earth in order to learn about the past, present, and future. They may collect samples out in the field and take these back to the laboratory to study them in detail.
A kennel manager is responsible for managing the kennel technicians and performing other duties in a kennel including the checking in and out of pets, taking care of the pets, and performing maintenance on anything in the kennel.
Naturalists are experts in the environment including plants, wildlife, minerals, and fossils. They generally spend their time educating others about the environment within natural and wildlife preserves. They may do this by taking groups on nature hikes.
Nursery and greenhouse workers take care of plants in a nursery by starting them from seedlings, spraying them with fertilizer and insecticide, pruning them when necessary, and loading them onto trucks for delivery to customers.
A soil conservationist works with property owners to determine how to use land without damaging it. They may help communities overcome problems after fires or erosion-related issues as well as work with farmers to improve their land.
Soil scientists analyze soil to help make farming more productive by studying every aspect of the soil including the chemicals and minerals in the soil and the best way to water and fertilize the soil. They look for the best use of land and how to minimize erosion.