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Garden Centre Worker

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Education
These occupations usually require a Leaving Certificate or equivalent.

Related Experience
Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a bank teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

Job Training
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognised apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

Job Zone Examples
These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, retail salespersons and tellers.

€k > 40 
Garden Centre Supervisor
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(thousands per year)*
€ - 40 
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Last Updated: March, 2011

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Provide basic horticultural and gardening advice to retail customers.


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Paul Dowling
Horticulturist  

Paul is the manager of an Amenity Horticultural business and is based in Dublin. Having completed a Horticultural course in the National Botanic Gardens he went on to start up his own business. Now employing several gardeners, he has a thriving business doing what he loves most.

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The Work header image

Garden centre assistants work outside and in a retail shops. Similar posts can be found in retail nurseries.  
 
Work outside can include preparing ground ready for planting nursery stock, shrubs and trees. Weeding and cleaning the prepared beds, watering and pruning are all part of tending in the growing cycle. In the greenhouse, daily tasks can include pricking-out young plants, transferring them to larger pots, taking cuttings and grafting plants on to other plants of good root stock.  
 
In the retail shop area of a garden centre, assistants promote sales and advise customers on plant choice and how to look after plants. Other tasks include dealing with sales, stocking shelves, ordering new stock and helping with daily general tasks such as clearing up, watering, spraying and preparing stock for sale to the public. It can also involve handling money and recording purchases in an electronic cash register 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Plant, spray, weed, fertilize, and water plants, shrubs, and trees, using hand tools and gardening tools.

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Harvest plants, and transplant or pot and label them.

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Feel plants' leaves and note their coloring to detect the presence of insects or disease.

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Operate tractors and other machinery and equipment to fertilize, cultivate, harvest, and spray fields and plants.

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Inspect plants and bud ties to assess quality.

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Dig, cut, and transplant seedlings, cuttings, trees, and shrubs.

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Move containerized shrubs, plants, and trees, using wheelbarrows or tractors.

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Clean work areas, and maintain grounds and landscaping.

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Haul and spread topsoil, fertilizer, peat moss, and other materials to condition soil, using wheelbarrows or carts and shovels.

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Maintain and repair irrigation and climate control systems.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Transportation:  Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

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Production and Processing:  Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Chemistry:  Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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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.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Operation and Control:   Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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

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Persuasion:   Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Instructing:   Teaching others how to do something.

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Operation Monitoring:   Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You will need to be adaptable as the work of a garden centre assistant can be extremely varied. You also need to be physically fit as tasks can involve bending, digging, lifting and carrying.  
 
When working in the retail shop, you will be on your feet for most of the day. You will need a good knowledge of a wide range of plants and be able to use your knowledge in advising the public. Dealing with the public and promoting sales can be a major part of the job, so you need to be approachable and outgoing. You will also need patience when dealing with difficult customers.  
 
Accuracy with numbers is important when recording stock levels and dealing with sales.


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Organisation: Kildalton Horticultural College
  Address: Piltown, Co. Kilkenny
  Tel: (051) 644400
  Email: Click here
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Organisation: Teagasc - Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority
  Address: Head Office, Oak Park, Carlow
  Tel: (059) 917 0200
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Organisation: Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland
  Address: Cabinteely House, The Park, Cabinteely, Dublin 18
  Tel: (01) 668 4358
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