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Seed Cleaning and Conditioning Plant Manager

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

  • Avg. Salary $52,845.00
  • Avg. Wage $24.01
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook below avg
  • Employed 2,100
  • In Demand High
Also Known As

Agricultural Facility Manager

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Agricultural and Related Service Contractors and Managers (8252) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Agricultural and Related Service Contractors and Managers (I012) 
  • 2011 NOC: Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers (8252) 
  • 2016 NOC: Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers (8252) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

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  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
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

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.

Learn More

Updated Mar 31, 2019

In general, seed cleaning plant managers identify weed seeds and supervise purity control of cleaned grain. They:

  • Unload grain, collect samples, and record types and weights
  • Operate cleaning (conditioning) equipment, put grain in bins, and load trucks, or supervise staff who do these things
  • Discuss services to be provided with producers
  • Arrange for outside seed testing, such as testing germination
  • Maintain the facility and equipment, and arrange for repairs or upgrades
  • Maintain financial and operational records
  • Keep up 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 facility
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2019

Working conditions around seed plants can be dusty and noisy. However, technological improvements have reduced this problem. Some of the work involves manual labour. The amount of lifting required varies with the type of facility. At plants that bag seed, plant managers may need to do some heavy lifting. Minimal lifting is needed at plants that do not bag seed.

Seed cleaning and conditioning plant managers must observe safety precautions to avoid injury when operating machinery and equipment. They must be comfortable with heights and variations in temperature. In some cases, they must wear personal protective equipment (PPE).

Hours of work may be flexible.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 31, 2019

Seed cleaning plant managers need:

  • Integrity
  • Initiative and self-discipline
  • Organizational, communication, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills
  • Mechanical skills
  • Attention to detail

They should enjoy operating machinery and equipment. They should like taking a methodical approach to co-ordinating and maintaining records. They should be at ease negotiating with farmers and farm managers.

Top 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For

Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
NOC code: 8252

This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 77 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Sep 18, 2021 and Oct 21, 2021.

Review these skills to learn:

  • Whether or not this occupation matches your skill set
  • What training you may need to get these skills
  • What skills to highlight in your resumé, cover letter, and interview.
Perform general farm duties
Personal Suitability: Team player
Operate and maintain farm machinery and equipment
Maintain work records and logs
Monitoring animal health
Recognize and treat certain livestock health problems
Personal Suitability: Organized
Equipment and Machinery Experience: Tractor
Maintain quality control and production records
Maintain livestock performance records
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2019

There are no formal educational requirements for working in a seed cleaning facility. However, there are requirements for working in facilities that have been approved by the Canadian Seed Institute or the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. These include a driver’s license and Grader training. Employers may prefer job applicants with related post-secondary education.

Seed cleaning plant managers must be willing to take training and upgrade skills as needed. They 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 identification (under the Weed Seeds Order of the Agricultural Pests Act of Alberta)
  • 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 software
  • Public relations
  • Employment standards
  • Occupational health and safety laws and regulations
  • Mechanical systems, for maintaining and cleaning equipment

Related Education

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

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

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2019

Seed cleaning plant managers who clean pedigree seed must be certified by the Canadian Seed Institute. Those who dispense pesticides must be licensed. See below for details.

Pesticide Applicator and Dispenser

Pesticide applicators use pesticides (chemicals) to control pests, such as weeds, diseases or destructive insects or animals, as part of their paid employment.

Pesticide dispensers sell and store pesticides as part of their paid employment.


Under Alberta’s Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act [pdf] and Pesticide (Ministerial) Regulation [pdf], to apply a commercial-class pesticide such as insecticide, herbicide or fungicide you must be one of the following:

  • A commercial agriculturalist (farmer)
  • A certified pesticide applicator
  • Supervised by someone who is certified

To sell pesticides you must be a certified dispenser. The 2 types of dispensers in Alberta are:

  • Lawn and garden pesticide dispensers sell domestic-class pesticides
  • Commercial dispensers sell domestic-, commercial-, and restricted-class pesticides

What You Need

Certification for applicators and dispensers require successful completion of an exam. A preparatory course is available through home study materials or classroom tutorials.

Individuals may become certified in one or more applicator classes. For detailed official information, read about the pesticide applicator and dispenser certification requirements on the Government of Alberta website.

Working in Alberta

Pesticide applicator and dispensers who are certified by and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for certification in Alberta if certified pesticide applicators and dispensers in the two jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory in Canada? and the Government of Alberta website.

Contact Details

Alberta Environment and Parks
Government of Alberta
9th Floor, South Petroleum Plaza 9920 108 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2G8

Call: 780-538-6460
Toll-free within Alberta: 310-3773, then 780-538-6460
Toll-free outside Alberta: 780-944-0313

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2019

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

Experienced seed cleaning plant managers may become grain elevator managers. They may become representatives for agribusiness companies, such as chemical or seed sales representatives. They also may 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 (pdf) 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.

In Alberta, the 8252: Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 0% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 1 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2019
Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
Average Wage
Average Salary
Hours Per Week

Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $15.00 $34.49 $20.39 $18.43
Overall $17.50 $39.84 $24.01 $22.62
Top $18.00 $41.21 $27.16 $26.00

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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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Skills Shortage

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Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties


Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months


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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 31, 2019. 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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