Leaf Conditioner

Moisten hands of tobacco to make leaves pliable for processing.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $35,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Leaf Conditioners do?

Moistens hands of tobacco to make leaves pliable for processing: Removes hands from receiving box and dips them into water or sprays water over leaves. Stacks leaves, stem down, on drainboard and covers leaves with cloth or paper. May pack drained leaves in cases and transfer cases to steam or humidifier room, using handtruck. May mix various grades and types of tobacco prior to conditioning. May be designated according to type of tobacco as Binder Caser; Wrapper Caser. May feel tobacco leaves from steam room and moisten butts and tops of hands that are too dry and be designated Cigar-Tobacco Rehandler.


Should I be a Leaf Conditioner?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • How to become a Leaf Conditioner

    Most Leaf Conditioners have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9haaaa&chl=no+college+%2888%25%29|certificate+%2811%25%29|associate%27s+%281%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,88,88
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