Fencers work with wood, metal, and other materials to erect and repair gates and fences. The work requires labourers to be physically fit and able to lift, bend, and crouch repetitively in varying weather conditions. Fencers travel to various locations, fencing areas around residences, roadways, commercial properties, and farms.

Duties and tasks

  • Dig holes and move soil using hand tools or equipment.
  • Identify and work with various materials appropriate for specific job requirements.
  • Load and unload materials, equipment, and tools from trucks.
  • Measures distances, and accurately marks fence lines and post locations.
  • Secure fences with stone, soil, and concrete.
  • Use equipment and tools to build, demolish, erect, and repair fences and gates.

Skills required

  • Ability to follow Safety Standards
  • Fit and Able to Perform Physical and Repetitive Tasks
  • Operate Equipment and Heavy Machinery
  • Strong Attention to Detail
  • Strong Hand-eye Coordination and Manual Agility
  • Time Management

Working conditions

Fencers generally work outdoors and may be exposed to all kinds of weather conditions. Because of the setting in which they work, labourers have limited access to drinking water and restroom facilities. They work with specialised equipment and power tools, so safety procedures must be followed to reduce health risks. They work during daylight hours and may work on weekends, depending upon the schedules of their clients. They must travel to various locations for each job.

Professional associations / Industry information

NSW Farmers 

Rural Skills Australia 

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