Managers in Horticulture

Occupation:Managers in Horticulture

About the job

Nature of work:

Managers in horticulture plan, organize, direct and control the activities of nursery and greenhouse staff that grow and market trees, shrubs, flowers and plants. They develop work schedules; maintain quality control and production records; maintain financial records; and hire and supervise staff.

Job duties:
Managers in horticulture perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Plan, organize, direct and control the operations of nurseries and greenhouses.
  • Establish the environmental conditions required to grow trees, shrubs, flowers and plants, and design planting and care schedules accordingly.
  • Determine type and quantity of stock to grow.
  • Supervise staff in planting, transplanting, feeding and spraying stock.
  • Identify and control insect, disease and weed problems.
  • Develop marketing plans.
  • Provide information to customers on gardening and on the care of trees, shrubs, flowers, plants and lawns.
  • Order materials such as fertilizer, garden and lawn care equipment, and other nursery and greenhouse related accessories.
  • Hire and manage staff, oversee training and set work schedules.
  • Maintain records on stock, finances and personnel.
Sample job titles:
  • Christmas tree farm operator
  • flower grower
  • greenhouse operator
  • horticultural contractor
  • horticultural greenhouse operator
  • hothouse flower grower
  • hydroponic greenhouse operator
  • nursery operator

For these jobs, you should enjoy working outdoors. Supervisory and communication skills are essential. You must be willing to try new processes and methods. The ability to adapt to constantly changing technologies is important for more efficient production. You must also be observant, innovative, and resourceful.

Job requirements:
  • Completion of a college program in horticulture is usually required.
Other considerations:

Experience as a nursery or greenhouse supervisor is required.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Undetermined

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. 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. Managers in Horticulture most commonly work full-time hours. With employment conditions being somewhat seasonal, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year affect some workers.

The median employment income for 34% of Managers in Horticulture who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $19,305. 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)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Managers in Horticulture155xxx
Minimum:  N/A
Median:  N/A
Maximum:  N/A
Minimum: $-1,589
Median: $13,990
Maximum: $39,666
Occupations in Management44,250Decline2,775Low
Minimum: $15.77
Median: $34.97
Maximum: $57.69
Minimum: $10,632
Median: $55,002
Maximum: $124,014
Managers in HorticultureCompared to: Occupations in Management
Percent employed full-time74%93%
Percent self-employed10%19%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentManagers in HorticultureCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Cape Breton7%x13%$32,974
Annapolis Valley17%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeManagers in HorticultureCompared to: All Management
% Employed% Employed
Median Age6249
GenderManagers in HorticultureCompared to: Occupations in Management
% Employed% Employed
EducationManagers in HorticultureCompared to: All Management
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school11.4%$10,7596.2%$30,033
High school28.6%$17,54123.5%$37,496
Trades certificate17.1%$11,4937.0%$41,701
College certificate or diploma17.1%$12,07620.6%$45,432
University certificate or diploma8.6%$26,2773.0%$59,985
Bachelor's degree11.4%$12,89127.7%$66,107
University advanced certificate or diplomaN/Ax1.9%$74,902
Master's degreeN/Ax9.2%$81,234
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryN/Ax0.1%$79,443
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.


Employment Requirements & Contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture
PO Box 2223
Halifax, NS B3J 3C4
Tel: (902) 424-4560
Fax: (902) 424-4671
Canadian Institute of Management - Maritimes
PO Box 463
Port Williams, NS B0P 1T0
Tel: (902) 670-0746

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Applied horticulture/horticulture operations - General
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the general production and processing of domesticated plants, shrubs, flowers, foliage, trees, groundcovers, and related plant materials; the management of technical and business operations connected with horticultural services; and the basic scientific principles needed to understand plants and their management and care.
There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.
Program Name:Plant nursery operations and management
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to operate and manage outdoor plant farms, tree and shrub nurseries, and related facilities that develop domesticated plant products for propagation, harvesting, and transplantation. These programs include courses in applicable principles of plant science; farm and business management; nursery operations; equipment operation and maintenance; safety procedures; and personnel supervision.
There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.
Additional resources:

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