Nursery and greenhouse workers perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Prepare soil; plant bulbs, seeds and cuttings; graft and bud plants; and transplant seedlings and rooted cuttings
B. Spray trees, shrubs, flowers and plants to prevent disease and pests
C. Position and regulate greenhouse and outdoor irrigation systems to water plants and fields
D. Dig, cut and transplant trees, shrubs, flowers and plants and prepare them for sale
E. Provide information to customers on gardening and the care of trees, shrubs, flowers, plants and lawns
F. May operate tractors and other machinery and equipment to fertilize, cultivate, harvest and spray fields and plants
G. Maintain inventory and order materials as required
1. Farms - 75.0%
2. Retail trade - 9.0%
3. Wholesale trade - 4.0%
4. Administrative and support waste management and remediation services - 3.0%
1. You may need a high school diploma or college courses in horticulture or a related field.
2. You may receive on-the-job training and you may need a provincial/territorial licence to apply chemical fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides, and pesticides.
3. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma.
The average hourly wages for Nursery and Greenhouse Workers is $10.78/HR, which is below average for occupations in the primary industry sector and are below average for all intermediate occupations. These wages grew at an above-average rate from 2002 to 2004.