Nursery managers are responsible for the day-to-day operations of a nursery by planning, organising, supervising, controlling and directing horticultural or botany activities related to flowers, mushrooms and trees. A nursery manager will also take a hands-on approach to grow and cultivate plants for sale, display or research.
Standard business hours
A nursery manager typically work a full-time schedule, though there will be plenty of times when you need to come to work on weekends to study crops, come up with resolutions or meet clients, bureaucrats or job applicants. Also, depending on the farm, ranch or greenhouse you work at, the work might be seasonal, which could be difficult to sustain a steady living.
A nursery manager can expect to split their time between the office and the land.
Annual salary estimates are based on percentile wage data collected through the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey of US workers.
DVM / VMD degree
To become a nursery manager, you will need to possess several years of experience on farms, ranches or greenhouses, so a high school diploma or GED equivalent will suffice. That said, since you’’ be working with numbers, supervising employees and potentially managing large-scale nurseries, it would be prudent to do coursework in various related subjects, such as accounting, business management or environmental sciences.
The environment has become a key focus on the international stage. Whether it is to save the trees or to feed the population, farms, ranches and greenhouses can be sources of career opportunities. This is especially true because older farmers and ranchers are retiring, which could make room for younger workers. The same applies to nursery managers.