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Seed Cleaning and Conditioning Plant Manager

Seed cleaning and conditioning plant managers operate plants that remove weed seed, foreign material and other contaminants from seed, and may upgrade seed to improve the quality of the product.

  • Avg. Salary $46,953.00
  • Avg. Wage $20.96
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook N/A
  • Employed 2,900
  • In Demand High
Also Known As

Agricultural Plant Manager

Skills Shortage

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Average Wage
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Seed Cleaning and Conditioning Plant Manager is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Agricultural and Related Service Contractors and Managers
NOC code: 8252

Interest in handling machinery and equipment; and in participating in the provision of services


Interest in co-ordinating and maintaining financial and operational records; and in hiring and training workers


Interest in negotiating with farmers and farm managers regarding services

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Updated Oct 26, 2015

In general, seed cleaning plant managers:

  • unload grain, collect samples and record types and weights 
  • operate cleaning (conditioning) equipment, bin grain and load trucks, or supervise staff who perform these functions
  • discuss the services to be provided with producers
  • identify weed seed and supervise purity control
  • arrange for outside seed testing (for example, germination)
  • maintain the plant and equipment, and arrange for repairs or upgrades
  • maintain financial and operational records
  • stay up to date with industry safety training
  • perform job hazard assessment
  • provide sales and customer service for retail seed sales and seed treatments
  • arrange training and supervise plant personnel
  • implement management policies and promote the interests of the seed cleaning plant.
Working Conditions
Updated Oct 26, 2015

Working conditions around seed plants can be dusty and noisy, but technological improvements have reduced this problem. Some of the work involves manual labour but the amount of lifting required varies with the type of facility. At plants that bag seed, plant managers may be required to lift bags weighing up to 20 kilograms. Minimal lifting is required at plants that do not bag seed. Safety precautions must be observed to avoid injury when operating machinery and equipment.

Seed cleaning and conditioning plant managers must be comfortable with heights, variations in temperature and in some cases wear personal protective equipment.

Hours of work may be flexible.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Oct 26, 2015

Seed cleaning plant managers need the following characteristics:

  • initiative and self-discipline
  • good organizational skills
  • honesty and integrity
  • the ability to communicate effectively with employees, contractors and clients 
  • the ability to work well with others
  • good problem solving and decision making skills
  • mechanical skills
  • the ability to pay close attention to details
  • willingness to take training and upgrade skills as needed.

They should enjoy operate machinery and equipment, taking a methodical approach to coordinating and maintaining records, and negotiating with farmers and farm managers.

Educational Requirements
Updated Oct 26, 2015

Seed cleaning plant managers must be knowledgeable about:

  • grain cleaning processes and technology 
  • crop types and grades 
  • the Canada Seeds Act and related regulations 
  • weed seed and plant diseases 
  • seed treatments.

Since they are responsible for operating a business with very few employees, they also need a working knowledge of: 

  • how to set up and adjust seed cleaning equipment 
  • bookkeeping 
  • relevant computer applications 
  • public relations 
  • employment standards 
  • occupational health and safety laws and regulations  
  • mechanics (for maintaining and cleaning equipment).

There are no formal educational requirements for working in a seed cleaning plant. However, employers may prefer to hire job applicants who have related post-secondary education.

Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field. Other programs and courses may be available.

Assiniboine Community College - Brandon

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Oct 26, 2015

Seed cleaning plant managers who dispense pesticides must be licensed by Alberta Environment and Parks. Those who clean pedigree seed must be certified by the Canadian Seed Institute.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Oct 26, 2015

Seed cleaning plant managers usually start as operators in seed cleaning plants. With on-the-job experience, they may be promoted to managing operator or manager.

Experienced seed cleaning plant managers may become grain elevator managers or representatives for agribusiness companies (for example, chemical or seed sales representatives) or move into agronomy.

Seed cleaning plant managers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 8252: Agricultural and Related Service Contractors and Managers. In Alberta, 79% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Oct 26, 2015
Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
NOC code: 8252

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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $14.86 $25.17 $18.01 $16.00
Overall $15.00 $30.00 $20.96 $18.43
Top $15.00 $34.62 $23.93 $22.50

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.

Industry Information
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Related High School Subjects
  • Science
    • Biology
  • Business, Administration, Finance and IT
    • Management and Marketing
  • Natural Resources
    • Agriculture
    • Environmental Stewardship
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Agriculture and Related Technologies
Other Sources of Information
Updated Oct 26, 2015

Alberta Seed Industry Partnership website:

Canadian Seed Institute website:

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Updated Mar 25, 2015. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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