Nursery Workers

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About the Job

Work in nursery facilities or at customer location planting, cultivating, harvesting, and transplanting trees, shrubs, or plants.

It is also Called

  • Baller
  • Budder
  • Bulb Grower
  • Bulb Packer
  • Bulb Planter
  • Bulb Weeder
  • Caretaker
  • Cutter
  • Field Hand
  • Florist Helper

What They Do

  • Graft plants and trees into different rootstock to reduce disease by inserting and tying buds into incisions in rootstock.
  • Trap and destroy pests such as moles, gophers, and mice, using pesticides.
  • Fold and staple corrugated forms to make boxes used for packing horticultural products.
  • Provide information and advice to the public regarding the selection, purchase, and care of products.
  • Cut, roll, and stack sod.
  • Maintain inventory, ordering materials as required.
  • Sow grass seed, or plant plugs of grass.
  • Dip cut flowers into disinfectant, count them into bunches, and place them in boxes to prepare them for storage and shipping.
  • Dig, rake, and screen soil, filling cold frames and hot beds in preparation for planting.
  • Regulate greenhouse conditions, and indoor and outdoor irrigation systems.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: R.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Achievement and Relationships in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Chemistry - 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.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • 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.

Education Required

Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.

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Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in United States was $20,080 with most people making between $17,080 and $26,040

Outlook

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