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Garden nursery assistant

Garden nursery assistants grow plants in nurseries and garden centres, and advise and serve customers.

Potential salary
£13,000 to £19,000
Working hours
46 to 48 a week
  • 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.

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