Working mostly outside, helping plants and trees grow and flourish is how many people love to spend their precious spare time. Many who are in nursery jobs as a career cannot imagine doing something else with their lives.
Working for a nursery is a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors, watch nature take its course (with a little help), and learn more about the science and business of plants and trees.
What Do Nursery Workers Do?
Depending on the size of the nursery and the breadth of offerings, nursery workers perform a vast number of essential jobs. Whether in a greenhouse or outside, nursery workers assess and adjust the conditions for best growth and good health for a broad variety of plants, shrubs, or trees. Functions include, but are not limited to, planting, watering, feeding, cutting, pruning, transplanting, and even transporting and replanting.
Tree Farm Workers
Tree farms specialize in shrubs and tree growing for commercial sale. Starting with the planting and care of seedlings in greenhouses, nursery jobs move outside where workers plant, tie, wrap, feed and spray the saplings. Eventually, the young trees are lifted and prepared for transport to their new homes. Highly specialized equipment is required to ease the physical work and protect the trees and shrubs from damage.
Large Nursery Operations
With larger concerns, certain nursery jobs are more specialized. For instance, where controlled irrigation is used to precisely water plants and trees, some workers are dedicated to monitoring, measuring, replacing, and repairing irrigation systems to ensure proper hydration throughout the farm.
Marketing and Record Keeping
Some nursery workers are adept at explaining the operations and pointing out the positive attributes of each plant. They detail the proper care, feeding, and natural characteristics of each plant, shrub, and tree to prospective customers. Also, some nursery jobs involve keeping detailed records of inventory, marketing projections, sales results, budgeting and more.
Like any business, nurseries require solid management. From overseeing numerous employees, establishing the core objectives, monitoring the budgets, and setting the course for coming years, nursery managers must be experienced in virtually all areas of nursery operations.
Opportunities in Nursery Operations
Nursery operations are becoming more comprehensive. Opportunities are abundant for individuals to become more engaged in the art and science of growing plants. Education and experience in horticulture, botany, soil science, plant breeding, irrigation, and landscaping are real assets.