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What Do Nursery or Greenhouse Manager Do?

Job Description & Duties 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.

List of Nursery or Greenhouse Manager Job Duties

  • Inspect facilities and equipment for signs of disrepair, and perform necessary maintenance work.
  • Hire employees, and train them in gardening techniques.
  • Coordinate clerical, record-keeping, inventory, requisitioning, and marketing activities.
  • Assign work schedules and duties to nursery or greenhouse staff, and supervise their work.
  • Apply pesticides and fertilizers to plants.
  • Confer with horticultural personnel to plan facility renovations or additions.

What Skills Do You Need to Work as a Nursery or Greenhouse Manager?

Nursery and Greenhouse Managers state the following job skills are important in their day-to-day work.

Management of Personnel Resources: Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Types of Nursery or Greenhouse Manager

  • Grower
  • Germination Testing Manager
  • Production Manager
  • Horticultural Farm Manager
  • Horticulturalist

Job Opportunities for Nursery and Greenhouse Managers

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 1,028,700 jobs in the United States for Nursery or Greenhouse Manager. There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Nursery or Greenhouse Manager. There will be an estimated 74,300 positions for Nursery or Greenhouse Manager per year.


The states with the most job growth for Nursery or Greenhouse Manager are Oregon, Nevada, and Massachusetts. Watch out if you plan on working in South Carolina, California, or Hawaii. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Nursery or Greenhouse Manager Salary

The average yearly salary of a Nursery or Greenhouse Manager ranges between $35,440 and $136,940.


Nursery and Greenhouse Managers who work in Minnesota, Pennsylvania, or North Carolina, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Nursery and Greenhouse Managers in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Arizona $75,870
Arkansas $67,520
California $91,670
Florida $71,880
Georgia $84,110
Idaho $60,470
Illinois $66,820
Indiana $64,030
Iowa $82,070
Kentucky $78,290
Louisiana $75,170
Maryland $89,660
Massachusetts $65,710
Michigan $67,030
Minnesota $95,000
Missouri $62,850
Nebraska $67,190
Nevada $90,900
North Carolina $100,370
Ohio $78,330
Oklahoma $57,230
Oregon $68,450
Pennsylvania $90,650
South Carolina $79,070
Tennessee $60,490
Texas $81,330
Virginia $84,630
Washington $86,640
Wisconsin $72,550
Wyoming $84,720

What Tools do Nursery and Greenhouse Managers Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Nursery and Greenhouse Managers may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Web browser software
  • Email software

How do I Become a Nursery or Greenhouse Manager?

Individuals working as a Nursery or Greenhouse Manager have obtained the following education levels:


What work experience do I need to become a Nursery or Greenhouse Manager?


Where Nursery and Greenhouse Managers Are Employed


Nursery and Greenhouse Managers work in the following industries:



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