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

  • Maintain gardening equipment

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

  • 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 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.

  • Use gardening equipment

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Maintain the greenhouse

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

  • Grow plants

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

Optional knowledge and skills

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