Agribusiness, Horticulture & Fishing

Horticultural Worker

Horticultural workers work in plant production, give plant advice in retail garden centres or tend to plants in parks and gardens.

  • Entry-level education

    Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Horticultural Worker do?

Horticultural workers work in plant production, give plant advice in retail garden centres or tend to plants in parks and gardens.

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Work activities

As a horticultural worker, you might:

  • grow plants from cuttings, seeds and by grafting
  • produce plants for sale to the public
  • care for plants or crops by watering, weeding, pruning, and fertilising
  • maintain and enhance botanic parks, gardens and green spaces
  • identify and treat plant and soil diseases and deficiencies
  • operate garden tools and lawn mowing equipment
  • cut grass, prune dead growth and branches, and general tidying of the gardens
  • lay paths and look after ornamental features.

Depending on the role, you could also select and package produce to be sent on to retailers, advise on and sell plants and other products to customers at a garden centre.

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Key skills and interests

To become a horticultural worker, you would need:

  • a knowledge of plants and their care
  • practical skills
  • the ability to understand and follow health and safety regulations
  • the ability to work either alone or in a team
  • able to, and enjoy, working outdoors.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

You would usually work a standard number of hours per week, although some jobs may be seasonal. You may need to work weekends, particularly in garden centres.

Conditions

Your work would be physically demanding, involving heavy lifting and carrying. 

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How to become an Horticultural Worker?

Entry Level Education

To become a horticultural worker, you usually have to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship in horticulture or production / retail nursery. Employers would generally require you to have a junior secondary school certificate or equivalent.

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Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of horticultural workers is projected to show strong growth.

The horticultural sector is an important primary industry in Australia. There are a wide range of opportunities in this sector, from parks & gardens work, to landscape gardening and turf management, and more broadly to areas such as food crop development. Opportunities in retail nurseries, however, are projected to decline.

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