- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to work well with others
- the ability to work on your own
- to be flexible and open to change
- persistence and determination
- physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
- the ability to work well with your hands
- physical fitness and endurance
- excellent verbal communication skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- loading and unloading deliveries
- pruning, shaping and spacing plants
- weeding, watering and feeding
- potting seedlings
- monitoring plant health and quality
- re-stocking plant displays
- serving customers
- picking and packing orders for delivery
You may need to wear protective clothing.
You could work at a garden centre.
Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers.
With experience you could become a nursery supervisor.
You may be able to move into horticultural technician work or garden centre management by completing industry qualifications like those from the Royal Horticultural Society.
You can get more advice about careers in horticulture from Grow Careers.Data from National Careers Service.