Profession horticulture production team leader

Horticulture production team leaders are responsible for leading and working with a team. They organise daily work schedules for the production of horticulture crops and participate in the production.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Realistic
  • Realistic / Enterprising
  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Leadership principles

    Set of traits and values which guide the actions of a leader with her/his employees and the company and provide direction throughout her/his career. These principles are also an important tool for self-evaluation to identify strengths and weaknesses, and seek self-improvement.

  • Crop production principles

    Principles in growing crops, the natural cycle, nursing of nature, growth conditions and principles of organic and sustainable production. Quality criterias and requirements of seeds, plants and crop.

  • Pruning types

    Different approached to prunning trees, such as thinning, removal, etc.

  • Horticulture principles

    The standard horticultural practices, including but not limited to planting, pruning, corrective pruning, and fertilisation.

  • Plant species

    The variety of plants, trees and shrubs and their special characteristics. 

  • Plant harvest methods

    The various methods, timing and equipment involved in harvesting different crops and plants.

  • Soil structure

    Diversity of soil elements and types of soil in relation to plant growth.

  • Plant disease control

    Types and features of diseases in plants and crops. Different kinds control methods, activities using conventional or biological methods taking into account the type of plant or crop, environmental and climate conditions and health and safety regulations. Storage and handling of products.

  • Fertilisation principles

    The study of plant, soil structure, climatic and environmental issues in agronomical production.

  • Pest control in plants

    Types and features of pests in plants and crops. Different kinds of pest control methods, activities using conventional or biological methods taking into account the type of plant or crop, environmental and climate conditions and health and safety regulations. Storage and handling of products.

  • Environmental legislation in agriculture and forestry

    Awareness on enviromental legislation, policies, principles relevant for agriculture and forestry. Awareness of the impact on the enviroment of local agricultural precedures and practices. Means to adjust the production to new enviromental regulations and policies.

  • Health and safety regulations

    Necessary health, safety, hygiene and environmental standards and legislation rules in the sector of particular activity.

  • Watering principles

    Methods, principles and systems for supplying water to land or crops by means of pipes, sprinklers, ditches or streams.

  • Types of storage facilities

    Different types of devices and facilities used to hold information and their quality criterias.

  • Greenhouse types

    Different types of greenhouses (plastic, glass) and other horticultural facilities such as hotbed, seedbed, irrigations systems, storage and protective facilities etc.

  • Pruning techniques

    The techniques of selectively removing parts of trees and plants to foster better growth and regeneration.

  • Project management principles

    Different elements and phases of project management.

  • Plant propagation

    Types of different propagation methods, materials and seeds and their criteria for health and quality.

  • Quality criteria for storage facilities

    Quality criteria for storage facilities such as safe locking systems, ventilation, regularly inspected fireproofing systems, etc.

Skills

  • Propagate plants

    Carry out propagation activities by appling appropriate propagation methods such as grafted cutting propagation or generative propagation considering the plant type. Carry out propagation control considering the required terms and conditions for specific plant type.

  • Maintain the greenhouse

    Perform maintenance work on greenhouses. Clean greenhouse windows, drains and gutters.

  • Optimise production

    Analyse and identify the strengths and weaknesses of solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems; formulate and plan alternatives.

  • Maintain storage facilities

    Maintain or ensure the maintenance of cleaning equipment, heating or air conditioning of storage facilities and the temperature of premises.

  • Store products

    Store products to ensure the quality and in accordance with standards and regulations. Ensure the stock facilities are kept according to hygiene standards, regulating temperature, heating and air conditioning of storage facilities.

  • Nurse plants

    Determine the need for nursing activities and carry out nursing by cultivating, maintaining, watering and spraying the plants and trees manually or using appropriate equipment, taking into account the plant species and following safety requirements.

  • Monitor fields

    Monitor orchards, fields and production areas to forecast when crops will be fully grown. Estimate how much damage the weather may cause to crops.

  • Use agricultural information systems and databases

    Use relevant information systems and databases to plan, manage and operate agricultural enterprise and production.

  • Make independent operating decisions

    Make immediate operating decisions as necessary without reference to others, taking into account the circumstances and any relevant procedures and legislation. Determine alone which option is the best for a particular situation.

  • Coordinate greenhouse environment

    Take care of the heating and cooling of greenhouses. Work together with the Grounds and Buildings Manager in keeping the irrigation systems and the horticultural equipment in good condition.

  • Store crops

    Store and preserve crops in accordance with standards and regulations to ensure their quality. Ensure that storage facilities are kept according to hyginic standards, regulating temperature, heating and air conditioning of storage facilities.

  • Conform to health and safety regulations

    Carry out all work in accordance with relevant environmental and health and safety legislation, risk assessment requirements and company policies. Take the necessary health and safety precautions during work including posture the body well, safely operate tools and machinery, and wear the right clothes and protection for the climate.

  • Supervise hygiene procedures in agricultural settings

    Ensure that hygiene procedures in agricultural settings are followed, taking into account the regulations of specific areas of action e.q. livestock, plants, local farm products, etc.

  • Prepare planting area for planting

    Prepare planting area and soil for planting by fertilising, mulching and performing weed control. Take the conditions of the area, soil and plant type into account.

  • Ensure soil fertility

    Analyse soil to determine type and quantity of fertiliser required for maximum production.

  • Manage contracts

    Negotiate the terms, conditions, costs and other specifications of a contract while making sure they comply with legal requirements and are legally enforceable. Oversee the execution of the contract, agree on and document any changes.

  • Supervise horticultural crews

    Supervise the horticultural crews by planning, assigning and evaluating their daily activities.

  • Prepare planting area

    Prepare planting area and soil for planting by for example fertilising, mulching by hand or using mechanical tools or machinery; prepare seeds and plants for sowing and planting by enuring the quality of seed and plants.Sow and plant by hand, using mechanical tools or machinery and in accordance with national legislation.

  • Harvest crop

    Mow, pick or cut agricultural products manually or using appropriate tools and machinery. Taking into account the relevant quality criteria of products, hygiene prescriptions and using the appropriate methods.

  • Create soil and plant improvement programmes

    Develop and advise on implementation of soil health and plant nutrition programs.

  • Grow plants

    Carry out plant growing activities. Carry out grow control considering the required terms and conditions for specific plant type.

  • Operate horticulture equipment

    Operate horticultural equipment and assist with servicing. Ensure that vehicles are roadworthy before starting the work.

  • Prune plants

    Carry out pruning with relevant tools, related to the different purposes like maintenance pruning, pruning for growth, pruning for fruiting, debudding and volume reduction.

  • Execute disease and pest control activities

    Execute disease and pest control activities using conventional or biological methods taking into account the climate, plant or crop type, health and safety and environmental regulations. Store and handle pesticides in accordance with recomandation and legislation.

Optional knowledge and skills

use gardening equipment manage production enterprise customer relationship management maintain gardening equipment budgetary principles present the farm facilities execute fertilisation sell flowers prune hedges and trees provide fertilizer recommendation for flowers place orders for flower products maintain technical equipment prepare flower arrangements manage agricultural staff negotiate sales contracts agronomical production principles food safety principles advise customers on types of flowers provide agri-touristic services recruit personnel agricultural business management manage agri-tourism activites keep task records organic farming create flower arrangements carry out work related calculations in agriculture ecology food plant design direct the preparation of food food legislation promote farm products assist landscape projects agritourism select adequate packaging for food products ensure quality control in packaging agronomy pick orders of agricultural products perform on-farm product processing develop agricultural production plans handle veterinary emergencies assist equipment operation

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