Nursery and Greenhouse Managers

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources > Agribusiness Systems

Projected Growth: Little or no change

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to 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.

Common job titles of Nursery and Greenhouse Managers 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.

  • 44.67% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 23.84% said they needed a Associate's Degree.


    Tour work areas to observe work being done, to inspect crops, and to evaluate plant and soil conditions.

    Explain and enforce safety regulations and policies.

    Identify plants as well as problems such as diseases, weeds, and insect pests.

    Determine plant growing conditions, such as greenhouses, hydroponics, or natural settings, and set planting and care schedules.

    Assign work schedules and duties to nursery or greenhouse staff, and supervise their work.

    Manage nurseries that grow horticultural plants for sale to trade or retail customers, for display or exhibition, or for research.

    Position and regulate plant irrigation systems, and program environmental and irrigation control computers.

    Provide information to customers on the care of trees, shrubs, flowers, plants, and lawns.

    Cut and prune trees, shrubs, flowers, and plants.

    Prepare soil for planting, and plant or transplant seeds, bulbs, and cuttings.

    Coordinate clerical, record-keeping, inventory, requisitioning, and marketing activities.

    Inspect facilities and equipment for signs of disrepair, and perform necessary maintenance work.

    Apply pesticides and fertilizers to plants.

    Negotiate contracts such as those for land leases or tree purchases.

    Determine types and quantities of horticultural plants to be grown, based on budgets, projected sales volumes, or executive directives.

    Select and purchase seeds, plant nutrients, disease control chemicals, and garden and lawn care equipment.

    Graft plants.

    Construct structures and accessories such as greenhouses and benches.

    Confer with horticultural personnel to plan facility renovations or additions.

    Hire employees, and train them in gardening techniques.


Trickle irrigators


Transplanting equipment

Stereo light microscopes

Steam sterilizers

Sport utility vehicles SUVs

Soil thermometers

All Tools

Soil pasteurizers

Soil mixers

Soil electrical conductivity measurement devices

Skid steer machines

Security alarm systems

Radiant heaters

Pruning tools

Powered trailers

Power monitors

Power augers

Portable dataloggers

Portable air compressors

Pop-up sprinklers

Pneumatic pruners

Pneumatic cutters

pH indicators

Personal computers

Overhead sprinklers

Multipurpose tractors

Mulch spreaders

Mist control systems


Mechanized tilling equipment

Materials conveyors

Line cutters

Light evaluation meters

Lawn mowers

Lawn edgers

Impact sprinklers

Hydroponic equipment

Humidity meters



Grease guns

Fumigation equipment


Fertilizer injectors

Fertigation equipment

Extension ladders

Extended pole pruners

Electric timing devices

Drip emitters

Drainage pumps

Dew point meters

Cordless power drills

Composting equipment

Chipping equipment

Chemical sprayers

Carbon dioxide systems

Bench scales

Bar code readers

Backhoe attachments

Aerosol foggers


Argos Software ABECAS Insight

Innovative Software Solutions Picas



Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Management of Personnel Resources

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


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


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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.

Critical Thinking

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


Teaching others how to do something.

Judgment and Decision Making

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

Time Management

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

Social Perceptiveness

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


Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Complex Problem Solving

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

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Learning

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


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


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

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Management of Material Resources

Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.

Learning Strategies

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

Management of Financial Resources

Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.


Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

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Occupation Sections


Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Production and Processing

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Personnel and Human Resources

Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

Sales and Marketing

Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.


Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.


Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.


Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

Economics and Accounting

Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.


Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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