Garden nursery assistant Horticultural assistant, garden centre worker
Garden nursery assistants grow plants in nurseries and garden centres, and advise and serve customers.
1. Entry requirements
There are no set entry requirements, but employers will expect you to have a keen interest in plants and horticulture.
Previous experience or qualifications in gardening, horticulture or retail could be helpful.
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
2. Skills required
- customer service skills
- number skills for handling payments
- teamworking skills
3. What you'll do
- loading and unloading deliveries
- pruning, shaping and spacing plants
- weeding, watering and feeding
- potting seedlings
- monitoring plant health and quality
- re-stocking plant displays
- serving customers
Starter: £13,000 to £16,000
Experienced: £17,000 to £19,000 (supervisor)
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYou’ll usually work between 30 and 40 hours a week, including weekends and bank holidays.
You’ll be based in a garden centre or plant nursery.
6. Career path and progressionWith experience you could become a nursery supervisor.
You may be able to move into horticultural technician work or garden centre management by completing industry qualifications like those from the Royal Horticultural Society.
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Last updated: 16 April 2018
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