Nursery & Greenhouse Managers
Also called: Greenhouse Manager, Grower, Nursery Manager, Production Manager
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Nursery and greenhouse managers oversee growing environments for plants used in landscaping and gardening. They manage the production of everything from trees and shrubs to flowers, vegetables, and the turf used to patch lawns. These managers have an unusual combination of activity, as their work includes working outside and with their hands, managing people, and selling products in a retail environment. While their employees do more of the “in-the-dirt” work, nursery and greenhouse managers focus on operations and planning to keep the business running at peak efficiency. They set the planting and care schedules and determine growing conditions such as temperatures of greenhouses or cycles for hydroponic growing systems. Nursery and greenhouse managers hire and train employees, assign work schedules, and negotiate contracts with clients. They also do some of the hands-on work, from preparing soil and planting seeds, to pruning trees, and applying fertilizers and pesticides. Most nursery and greenhouse managers spend a lot of time on their feet, moving around both outdoors and indoors. Education requirements vary; while many nursery and greenhouse managers have a bachelor’s or associate’s degree, not all positions require a degree.
What they do: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.
On the job, you would:
- Manage nurseries that grow horticultural plants for sale to trade or retail customers, for display or exhibition, or for research.
- 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.
- human resources (HR)
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
- manufacture and distribution of products
Math and Science
- arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
- movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
- talking to others
- keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
- noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
- changing what is done based on other people's actions
- teaching people how to do something
- communicate by speaking
- listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
- notice when problems happen
- group things in different ways
People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
- Analytical Thinking
- Self Control
You might use software like this on the job:
- Argos Software ABECAS Insight
- Innovative Software Solutions Picas
Electronic mail software
- Email software
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