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Nursery and Greenhouse Managers - 11-9013.01

O*NET-SOC Description

Plan, organize, direct, control, and coordinate activities of workers engaged in propagating, cultivating, and harvesting horticultural specialties, such as trees, shrubs, flowers, mushrooms, and other plants.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Farm Manager
  • Garden Center Manager
  • Greenhouse Manager
  • Grower
  • Harvesting Manager
  • Horticulturist
  • Nursery Manager
  • Perennial House Manager
  • Production Manager
  • Propagation Manager

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Apply pesticides and fertilizers to plants.
  • Assign work schedules and duties to nursery or greenhouse staff, and supervise their work.
  • Confer with horticultural personnel to plan facility renovations or additions.
  • Construct structures and accessories such as greenhouses and benches.
  • Coordinate clerical, record-keeping, inventory, requisitioning, and marketing activities.
  • Cut and prune trees, shrubs, flowers, and plants.
  • Determine plant growing conditions, such as greenhouses, hydroponics, or natural settings, and set planting and care schedules.
  • Determine types and quantities of horticultural plants to be grown, based on budgets, projected sales volumes, or executive directives.
  • Explain and enforce safety regulations and policies.
  • Graft plants.
  • Hire employees, and train them in gardening techniques.
  • Identify plants as well as problems such as diseases, weeds, and insect pests.
  • Inspect facilities and equipment for signs of disrepair, and perform necessary maintenance work.
  • Manage nurseries that grow horticultural plants for sale to trade or retail customers, for display or exhibition, or for research.
  • Negotiate contracts such as those for land leases or tree purchases.
  • Position and regulate plant irrigation systems, and program environmental and irrigation control computers.
  • Prepare soil for planting, and plant or transplant seeds, bulbs, and cuttings.
  • Provide information to customers on the care of trees, shrubs, flowers, plants, and lawns.
  • Select and purchase seeds, plant nutrients, disease control chemicals, and garden and lawn care equipment.
  • Tour work areas to observe work being done, to inspect crops, and to evaluate plant and soil conditions.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise customers on technical or procedural issues.
  • Analyze data to inform operational decisions or activities.
  • Communicate organizational policies and procedures.
  • Conduct employee training programs.
  • Confer with organizational members to accomplish work activities.
  • Direct administrative or support services.
  • Direct organizational operations, projects, or services.
  • Direct sales, marketing, or customer service activities.
  • Estimate cost or material requirements.
  • Hire personnel.
  • Inspect condition or functioning of facilities or equipment.
  • Manage agricultural or forestry operations.
  • Monitor facilities or operational systems.
  • Negotiate sales or lease agreements for products or services.
  • Perform manual agricultural, aquacultural, or horticultural tasks.
  • Perform manual service or maintenance tasks.
  • Prepare staff schedules or work assignments.
  • Purchase materials, equipment, or other resources.
  • Supervise employees.

Military Crosswalk Titles

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Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

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DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Manager, Christmas-Tree Farm
  • Manager, Nursery
  • Superintendent, Horticulture