Nursery and Greenhouse Managers
SOC: 11-9013.01

Description:

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Alternate Titles:

  • Annual Greenhouse Manager
  • Arboriculturist
  • Bonsai Culturist
  • Christmas Tree Farm Manager
  • Construction Manager
  • Dwarf Tree Grower
  • Farm Manager
  • Garden Center Manager
  • Germination Testing Manager
  • Greenhouse Florist
  • Greenhouse Grower
  • Greenhouse Manager
  • Grower
  • Harvesting Manager
  • Horticultural Farm Manager
  • Horticultural Farmer
  • Horticultural Manager
  • Horticultural Specialty Grower
  • Horticulture Superintendent
  • Horticulturist
  • Mushroom Grower
  • Nursery Manager
  • Orchid Grower
  • Perennial House Manager
  • Plant Culture Manager
  • Plant Health Manager
  • Plug Grower
  • Producer Arborist Manager
  • Production Manager
  • Propagation Manager
  • Range Manager
  • Rose Grower
  • Seed Cleaning Manager
  • Sod Farmer


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Select and purchase seeds, plant nutrients, disease control chemicals, and garden and lawn care equipment.
  • Determine types and quantities of horticultural plants to be grown, based on budgets, projected sales volumes, or executive directives.
  • Explain and enforce safety regulations and policies.
  • Position and regulate plant irrigation systems, and program environmental and irrigation control computers.
  • 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.
  • Negotiate contracts such as those for land leases or tree purchases.
  • Graft plants.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Aerosol foggers
  • Backhoe attachments
  • Bar code readers
  • Bench scales
  • Carbon dioxide systems
  • Chemical sprayers
  • Chipping equipment
  • Composting equipment
  • Cordless power drills
  • Dew point meters
  • Drainage pumps
  • Drip emitters
  • Electric timing devices
  • Extended pole pruners
  • Extension ladders
  • Fertigation equipment
  • Fertilizer injectors
  • Forklifts
  • Fumigation equipment
  • Grease guns
  • Handsaws
  • Humidifiers
  • Humidity meters
  • Hydroponic equipment
  • Impact sprinklers
  • Lawn edgers
  • Lawn mowers
  • Light evaluation meters
  • Line cutters
  • Materials conveyors
  • Mechanized tilling equipment
  • Microsprinklers
  • Mist control systems
  • Mulch spreaders
  • Multipurpose tractors
  • Overhead sprinklers
  • Personal computers
  • pH indicators
  • Pneumatic cutters
  • Pneumatic pruners
  • Pop-up sprinklers
  • Portable air compressors
  • Portable dataloggers
  • Power augers
  • Power monitors
  • Powered trailers
  • Pruning tools
  • Radiant heaters
  • Security alarm systems
  • Skid steer machines
  • Soil electrical conductivity measurement devices
  • Soil mixers
  • Soil pasteurizers
  • Soil thermometers
  • Sport utility vehicles SUVs
  • Steam sterilizers
  • Stereo light microscopes
  • Transplanting equipment
  • Trenchers
  • Trickle irrigators
  • Argos Software ABECAS Insight Nursery and Greenhouse Management software
  • Email software
  • Innovative Software Solutions Picas
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Word
  • Web browser software


  • management


    industry stats

    SOC: 11-0000

    Total Employed: 6,936,990

    Average Annual Salary: $115,020