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

  • Types of storage facilities

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

  • Pruning types

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

  • Health and safety regulations

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Plant propagation

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

  • Plant species

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

  • 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 techniques

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

  • Watering principles

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

  • Plant harvest methods

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

  • Horticulture principles

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

  • 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.

  • Greenhouse types

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

  • Fertilisation principles

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

  • Project management principles

    Different elements and phases of project management.

  • Soil structure

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

  • Quality criteria for storage facilities

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

Skills

  • 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.

  • Grow plants

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ensure soil fertility

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Create soil and plant improvement programmes

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

  • Supervise horticultural crews

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Maintain the greenhouse

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Maintain storage facilities

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

  • Use agricultural information systems and databases

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

  • Operate horticulture equipment

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

  • Optimise production

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

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