Nursery Grower/Worker Kaiwhakatipu/Kaimahi Otaota

Nursery growers/workers grow young plants, flowers, trees and shrubs for sale or for use in parks and gardens.

Nursery growers/workers may do some or all of the following:

  • prepare soil mixes and composts
  • grow plants from seeds and cuttings
  • water, feed, prune, pot and label plants
  • operate and maintain irrigation systems
  • organise stock and dispatch of plants
  • spray plants to control weeds, pests and diseases
  • sell plants in a garden centre
  • drive tractors, forklifts and delivery trucks.

Physical Requirements

Nursery growers/workers need to be reasonably fit, healthy and strong.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for nursery growers/workers includes work in:

  • garden centres
  • orchards
  • crop farming 
  • parks and reserves.

Personal Qualities

Nursery growers/workers need to be:

  • reliable
  • practical and adaptable
  • motivated
  • willing to learn and work hard.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for nursery growers/workers includes work in:

  • garden centres
  • orchards
  • crop farming 
  • parks and reserves.

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a nursery grower. However, biology and agricultural and horticultural science are useful.

Nursery Grower/Workers can earn around $19-$25 per hour per year.

Nursery growers/workers may progress to set up their own nursery growing business, or move into management, training or education roles.

Nursery grower/workers can specialise in:

  • garden centre work
  • growing seedlings for commercial purposes.
Nursery Grower/Worker

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