Greenhouse or Nursery Worker

Nurserygreenhouse workers are in charge of caring for the plants flowers and trees that are grown and kept in nurseries and greenhouses and they also help with the overall maintenance of the facility. According to the website their duties include planting spraying weeding fertilizing transplanting and watering. They must learn how to use gardening tools and how to operate equipment such as soil mixers and potting machines. They also help keep track of inventory and may be placed in charge of ordering plants or supplies. At times they may be asked to give advice to customers on selecting plants flowers or trees. Ideally nurserygreenhouse workers find it fascinating to work with plants and flowers and they should enjoy working outdoors and getting their hands dirty. The website says that nurserygreenhouse workers need a high school diploma or the equivalent but it is helpful if they have a two-year certificate from a technical college and some experience working in a nursery or greenhouse. However most employers provide on-the-job training. With regard to pay nurserygreenhouse workers that work part-time earn between $8 and $18 an hour but full-time year-round positions pay between $25000 and $60000 annually with the range depending if they are entry-level workers or nurserygreenhouse managers. According to the website after about five or more years of experience nurserygreenhouse workers may be promoted to managers who supervise other workers.

Education Required: High School Diploma
Avg Salary: $42500
High Salary: $60000
Low Salary: $25000
Tasks: Oversees the plants in a greenhouse or nursery.
Ensures that growing plants remain healthy.
Controls weeds.
Fertilizes plants on an as-needed basis.
Also Called: Plant Grower
Nursery Technician
Agricultural Worker
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