Supervisors of Horticultural Workers

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources > Food Products and Processing Systems

Projected Growth: Little or no change

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Directly supervise and coordinate activities of agricultural crop or horticultural workers.

Common job titles of Supervisors of Horticultural Workers include:

Experience and Education

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.

  • 36.81% said they needed a High School Diploma.

  • 18.76% said they needed a Some College Courses.


    Train workers in techniques such as planting, harvesting, weeding, or insect identification and in the use of safety measures.

    Confer with managers to evaluate weather or soil conditions, to develop plans or procedures, or to discuss issues such as changes in fertilizers, herbicides, or cultivating techniques.

    Plan or supervise infrastructure or collection maintenance functions, such as planting, fertilizing, pest or weed control, or landscaping.

    Observe workers to detect inefficient or unsafe work procedures or to identify problems, initiating corrective action as necessary.

    Review employees' work to evaluate quality and quantity.

    Assign duties, such as cultivation, irrigation, or harvesting of crops or plants, product packaging or grading, or equipment maintenance.

    Perform the same horticultural or agricultural duties as subordinates.

    Direct or assist with the adjustment or repair of farm equipment or machinery.

    Inspect crops, fields, or plant stock to determine conditions and need for cultivating, spraying, weeding, or harvesting.

    Inspect facilities to determine maintenance needs.

    Estimate labor requirements for jobs and plan work schedules accordingly.

    Issue equipment, such as farm implements, machinery, ladders, or containers to workers, and collect equipment when work is complete.

    Arrange for transportation, equipment, or living quarters for seasonal workers.

    Drive or operate farm machinery, such as trucks, tractors, or self-propelled harvesters, to transport workers or supplies or to cultivate or harvest fields.

    Requisition or purchase supplies, such as insecticides, machine parts or lubricants, or tools.

    Monitor or oversee construction projects, such as horticultural buildings or irrigation systems.

    Calculate or monitor budgets for maintenance or development of collections, grounds, or infrastructure.

    Read inventory records, customer orders, or shipping schedules to determine required activities.

    Prepare reports regarding farm conditions, crop yields, machinery breakdowns, or labor problems.

    Prepare and maintain time or payroll reports, as well as details of personnel actions, such as performance evaluations, hires, promotions, or disciplinary actions.

    Perform hardscape activities, including installation or repair of irrigation systems, resurfacing or grading of paths, rockwork, or erosion control.

    Investigate grievances and settle disputes to maintain harmony among workers.

    Recruit, hire, or discharge workers.

    Contract with seasonal workers and farmers to provide employment.


Weed sprayers

Water pumps

Tree pruning equipment

Straight screwdrivers

Square balers


Soil tillers

All Tools

Socket wrench sets



Seed drills

Round balers


Riding mowers

Power saws

Power drills


Phillips head screwdrivers

Personal computers

Multipurpose tractors

Manure spreaders


Hay rakes

Greenhouse climate control systems

Grain dryers

Front end loaders


Forage harvesters

Fog systems

Flail mowers

Field watering systems

Dump trucks

Drop spreaders

Desktop computers

Crop harvesters

Claw hammers

Chemical injection systems

Blast chillers

Air compressors

Adjustable widemouth pliers

Adjustable hand wrenches


Payroll software

Work scheduling software


Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Operation and Control

Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


Teaching others how to do something.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Quality Control Analysis

Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.


Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.


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