Profession horticulture worker

Horticulture workers carry out practical activities and assist in nurseries or greenhouses for the production of horticultural crops.

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Personality Type

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

Skills

  • Use gardening equipment

    Use gardening equipment such as clippers, sprayers, mowers, chainsaws, complying to health and safety regulations.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Maintain the greenhouse

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

  • 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.

  • 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 gardening equipment

    Perform daily maintenance on tools and equipment and report major faults to a superior.

  • 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 fertilisation

    Carry out fertilisation tasks by hand or using appropriate equipment according to fertilisation instructions taking into account the environmental, health and safety regulations and procedures.

  • 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.

  • Grow plants

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Maintain storage facilities

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

Optional knowledge and skills

create flower arrangements soil structure pest control in plants coordinate greenhouse environment organic farming execute disease and pest control activities plant species process flower bulbs types of storage facilities carry out work related calculations in agriculture quality criteria for storage facilities provide agri-touristic services handle veterinary emergencies provide fertilizer recommendation for flowers keep task records horticulture principles pruning types advise customers on types of flowers promote farm products fertilisation principles assist equipment operation sell flowers plant harvest methods pick orders of agricultural products pruning techniques watering principles perform on-farm product processing plant propagation use agricultural information systems and databases assist landscape projects customer relationship management direct the preparation of food greenhouse types place orders for flower products food safety principles present the farm facilities select adequate packaging for food products crop production principles agronomy plant disease control agritourism prepare flower arrangements

Common job titles

  • City park worker (full-time)
  • Plant nursery sales staff and manager
  • Seasonal city park worker
  • Greenhouse worker
  • Colorado cultivation positions
  • General greenhouse worker
  • General utility worker
  • General greenhouse worker (foothills)
  • Grounds worker
  • Hydroponic greenhouse production worker