Nursery and greenhouse workers (NOC 8432)

Occupation targeted by the Workplace Apprenticeship Program

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Significant seasonality

Job titles

Nature of work

Nursery and greenhouse workers plant, cultivate and harvest trees, shrubs, flowers and plants, and serve nursery and greenhouse customers. They are employed in indoor and outdoor nurseries and greenhouses.

Fields of interest

  • Developing and working with natural resources
  • Doing sports or physical activities
  • Working in nature or with animals
  • Working outdoors or with the environment
  • Working with your hands

Main duties

  • Nursery and greenhouse workers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Prepare soil; plant bulbs, seeds and cuttings; graft and bud plants; and transplant seedlings and rooted cuttings
  • - Spray trees, shrubs, flowers and plants to prevent disease and pests
  • - Position and regulate greenhouse and outdoor irrigation systems to water plants and fields
  • - Dig, cut and transplant trees, shrubs, flowers and plants and prepare them for sale
  • - Provide information to customers on gardening and the care of trees, shrubs, flowers, plants and lawns
  • - May operate tractors and other machinery and equipment to fertilize, cultivate, harvest and spray fields and plants
  • - Maintain inventory and order materials as required
  • - Clean working areas.

Main characteristics of the occupation

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary school may be required.
  • * Completion of college courses in horticulture or a related field may be required.
  • * On-the-job training is provided.
  • * A provincial licence to apply chemical fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides and pesticides may be required.

Skill type

  • Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations

Skill level

  • Intermediate

More information

  • * Progression to supervisory positions, such as greenhouse supervisor, is possible with experience.

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