Nursery and Greenhouse Managers

Plan, organize, direct, control, and coordinate activities of workers engaged in propagating, cultivating, and harvesting horticultural specialties, such as trees, shrubs, flowers, mushrooms, and other plants.

Median Annual Wage: $68,050

Education: Bachelor's degree (45%); Associate's degree (24%); Some college, no degree (19%)

Projected Growth: Decline (-3% or lower)

Related Job Titles: Production Manager; Farm Manager; Grower; Nursery Manager; Greenhouse Manager; Propagation Manager; Garden Center Manager; Harvesting Manager; Horticulturist; Perennial House Manager

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Nursery and Greenhouse Managers.

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  • Identify plants as well as problems such as diseases, weeds, and insect pests.
  • Tour work areas to observe work being done, to inspect crops, and to evaluate plant and soil conditions.
  • Assign work schedules and duties to nursery or greenhouse staff, and supervise their work.
  • Determine plant growing conditions, such as greenhouses, hydroponics, or natural settings, and set planting and care schedules.
  • Apply pesticides and fertilizers to plants.
  • Hire employees, and train them in gardening techniques.
  • Position and regulate plant irrigation systems, and program environmental and irrigation control computers.
  • Explain and enforce safety regulations and policies.
  • Determine types and quantities of horticultural plants to be grown, based on budgets, projected sales volumes, or executive directives.
  • Select and purchase seeds, plant nutrients, disease control chemicals, and garden and lawn care equipment.
  • Inspect facilities and equipment for signs of disrepair, and perform necessary maintenance work.
  • Coordinate clerical, record-keeping, inventory, requisitioning, and marketing activities.
  • Prepare soil for planting, and plant or transplant seeds, bulbs, and cuttings.
  • Confer with horticultural personnel to plan facility renovations or additions.
  • Cut and prune trees, shrubs, flowers, and plants.
  • Provide information to customers on the care of trees, shrubs, flowers, plants, and lawns.
  • Construct structures and accessories such as greenhouses and benches.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Nursery and Greenhouse Managers.

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Nursery and Greenhouse Managers.

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