Nursery and Greenhouse Workers

(NOC 8432)

in All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

Nursery and greenhouse workers plant, cultivate and harvest trees, shrubs, flowers and plants, and serve nursery and greenhouse customers. They are employed in indoor and outdoor nurseries and greenhouses.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate stable employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 0 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

  • Estimate Decline slightly employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 910 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate High rate of unemployment in 2016

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to remain largely the same over the next few years. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Nursery and Greenhouse Workers may either be working full-time or part-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically temporary positions (such as a term, contract, or casual work). With employment conditions being seasonal in nature, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year are fairly common.

The median employment income for 14% of Nursery and Greenhouse Workers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $21,281. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$11.55

Minimum

$13.00

Median

$18.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$1,730

Minimum

$11,360

Median

$21,541

Maximum

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

Hourly Pay

$11.55

Minimum

$16.00

Median

$31.88

Maximum

Annual Pay

$4,009

Minimum

$23,520

Median

$87,170

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Nursery and greenhouse workers plant, cultivate and harvest trees, shrubs, flowers and plants, and serve nursery and greenhouse customers. They are employed in indoor and outdoor nurseries and greenhouses.

Job duties

Nursery and greenhouse workers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Prepare soil; plant bulbs, seeds and cuttings; graft and bud plants; and transplant seedlings and rooted cuttings.
  • Spray trees, shrubs, flowers and plants to prevent disease and pests.
  • Position and regulate greenhouse and outdoor irrigation systems to water plants and fields.
  • Dig, cut and transplant trees, shrubs, flowers and plants and prepare them for sale.
  • Provide information to customers on gardening and the care of trees, shrubs, flowers, plants and lawns.
  • May operate tractors and other machinery and equipment to fertilize, cultivate, harvest and spray fields and plants.
  • Maintain inventory and order materials as required.
  • Clean working areas.

Sample job titles

  • Christmas tree shearer
  • greenhouse worker
  • horticulture worker
  • hothouse worker
  • hydroponics worker
  • nursery worker
  • tree grafter - nursery

Skills

For this type of work, you should enjoy working outdoors. You should have good health, physical stamina, and strength. You must also be able to take direction and carry out instructions given by a supervisor. Good communication and interpersonal skills may be necessary for working with the public.

Job requirements

  • Completion of high school may be required.
  • Completion of college courses in horticulture or a related field may be required.
  • On-the-job training is provided.
  • A provincial licence to apply chemical fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides and pesticides may be required.

Other considerations

Progression to supervisory positions, such as greenhouse supervisor, is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

240

employed in 2016

64.3%

employed full-time

12.5%

self employed

60.9%
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39.1%
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50.7

median age

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

14,665

employed in 2016

84.0%

employed full-time

22.0%

self employed

15.1%
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84.9%
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44.6

median age

Where will I likely work?

33.3%

Annapolis Valley

27.5%

Southern

20.3%

Northern

10.1%

Halifax

7.2%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

83.7%

Agriculture

8.2%

Retail Trade

4.1%

Wholesale Trade

4.1%

Forestry and Logging

What is the age of Employment?

31.4%

55-64

22.9%

45-54

17.1%

35-44

14.3%

15-24

11.4%

25-34

5.7%

65+

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

42.3%

45-54

26.1%

55-64

18.9%

35-44

8.1%

25-34

3.6%

65+

Top levels of education

31.6%

College certificate or diploma

$15,176 median annual income
29.8%

High school

$14,467 median annual income
28.1%

Less than high school

$9,635 median annual income
5.3%

Bachelor's degree

$10,461 median annual income
5.3%

Trades certificate

$17,563 median annual income

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

34.0%

Less than high school

$14,445 median annual income
31.5%

High school

$14,229 median annual income
14.3%

College certificate or diploma

$21,289 median annual income
14.0%

Trades certificate

$19,107 median annual income
4.3%

Bachelor's degree

$15,980 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

PO Box 220

Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

(866) 679-6722

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Agricultural mechanization - General

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that generally prepares individuals to sell, select, and service agricultural or agribusiness technical equipment and facilities, including computers, specialized software, power units, machinery, equipment structures, and utilities. These programs include courses in agricultural power systems; planning and selecting materials for the construction of support facilities; mechanical practices associated with irrigation and water conservation; erosion control; and agricultural data processing systems.

There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.

Agriculture - General

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This program includes any program that focuses on the general principles and practice of agricultural research and production and that prepares individuals to apply this knowledge to the solution of practical agricultural problems. These programs include courses in basic animal, plant, and soil science; animal husbandry and plant cultivation; soil conservation; and agricultural operations such as farming, ranching, and agricultural business.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture

PO Box 550

Truro, NS B2N 5E3

(902) 893-6600

Landscaping and groundskeeping

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that prepares individuals to manage and maintain indoor and/or outdoor ornamental and recreational plants and groundcovers and related conceptual designs established by landscape architects, interior designers, enterprise owners or managers, and individual clients. These programs include courses in applicable principles of horticulture, gardening, plant and soil irrigation and nutrition, turf maintenance, plant maintenance, equipment operation and maintenance, personnel supervision, and purchasing.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture

PO Box 550

Truro, NS B2N 5E3

(902) 893-6600

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

236 Belcher Street

Kentville, NS B4N 0A6

(902) 678-7341

Specialized sales, merchandising and marketing operations - Other

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program not listed above that relates to Specialized Sales, Merchandising and Marketing Operations.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

236 Belcher Street

Kentville, NS B4N 0A6

(902) 678-7341

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture
PO Box 2223
Halifax, NS B3J 3C4
Tel: (902) 424-4560
Fax: (902) 424-4671
Canadian Society for Horticultural Science
Department of Plant & Animal Sciences Nova Scotia Agricultural College PO Box 550
Truro, NS B2N 5E3
Tel: (902) 893-6032
Fax: (902) 897-9762
Landscape Nova Scotia
44-201 Brownlow Avenue
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1W2
Tel: (902) 463-0519

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.

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