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

  • Weeder
  • Tree Wrapper
  • Tree Surgeon Helper
  • Transplanter
  • Transplant Worker
  • Replanting Machine Crew
  • Replanter
  • Propagator Laborer
  • Propagation Worker
  • Potter
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What They Do

  • Fold and staple corrugated forms to make boxes used for packing horticultural products.
  • Operate tractors and other machinery and equipment to fertilize, cultivate, harvest, and spray fields and plants.
  • Haul and spread topsoil, fertilizer, peat moss, and other materials to condition soil, using wheelbarrows or carts and shovels.
  • Tie and bunch flowers, plants, shrubs, and trees, wrap their roots, and pack them into boxes to fill orders.
  • Move containerized shrubs, plants, and trees, using wheelbarrows or tractors.
  • Trap and destroy pests, such as moles, gophers, and mice, using pesticides.
  • Inspect plants and bud ties to assess quality.
  • Dig, rake, and screen soil, filling cold frames and hot beds in preparation for planting.
  • Maintain inventory, ordering materials as required.
  • Record information about plants and plant growth.

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

  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Food Production - Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • 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.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $24,250 with most people making between $16,690 and $35,380

Outlook

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avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 30,140 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 29,770 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 800 replacement openings for approximately 800 total annual openings.



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