Custom applicators are responsible for the operation of spray equipment and the effective application of pesticides or fertilizer. They mix, load and apply pesticides and fertilizers to fields at approved applicable rates. Custom applicators also operate and maintain a variety of equipment and vehicles including sprayers, spreaders and trucks. They must maintain accurate application records and communicate with customers.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?:
- Operate and maintain all equipment and vehicles
- Mix, load and apply pesticides and fertilizers
- Apply pesticides and fertilizers at applicable rates to the appropriate fields
- Handle and deliver bulk and packaged chemicals
- Perform daily vehicle inspections
- Clean and maintain equipment
- Maintain application/spray records
- Manage customer service relations
- Organize and coordinate application timetable with customers
- Knowledgeable of seed, chemicals and fertilizer to make informed decisions
- Recertify spraying technician license and safety training every two years
Recommended High School Courses:
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, science, biology, chemistry, mathematics and business.
Certification as a commercial applicator is needed. An associate degree is not required but would enhance the opportunity to obtain the job.