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Horticultural Manager

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Horticultural Manager
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€40 - 50 
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Last Updated: March, 2011

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At a Glance... header image

Supervises and manages the running of a garden centre or orchard.


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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

Managers are responsible for the day-to-day running of their establishment's activities. They decide which crops and plants to use and their rotation. They buy stock and equipment and order seed, plants and fertiliser. They use computers to monitor costs and are responsible for maintaining profits. This may involve analysing sales records to decide which products are most likely to sell well. This information is used to plan product lines.  
 
Managers are responsible for staff recruitment, supervision and the planning of work schedules, often through other supervisory staff if it is a big establishment. They need to be in close touch with the work outside and they sometimes carry out practical tasks, such as spraying, mulching, watering, pruning, weeding and potting, in training their staff or to help out during busy periods.  
 
In commercial horticulture, managers are mainly concerned with the cultivation, harvesting, storage and sale of produce. This includes field vegetables, fruit, protected crops grown under glass or polythene, and hardy nursery stock, such as trees, shrubs, roses and herbaceous plants.  
 
In garden centres, the emphasis is on ensuring that the store is well stocked with appropriate plants. The horticultural manager will need to work within a budget and be responsible for ensuring appropriate pricing and high sale of plants. They may also do a lot of horticultural training with the garden centre assistants and sales staff.  
 
In amenity horticulture, managers traditionally deal with the large scale maintenance of sports greens, parks, public gardens, private estates, urban green areas and the landscaping of hard and soft verges. Some specialise in turf culture and tree management. Increasingly, amenity horticulture is expanding to include the provision and maintenance of countryside recreational facilities. 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

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

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Inspect crops, fields, or plant stock to determine conditions and need for cultivating, spraying, weeding, or harvesting.

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Assign duties, such as cultivation, irrigation, or harvesting of crops or plants, product packaging or grading, or equipment maintenance.

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Observe workers to detect inefficient or unsafe work procedures or to identify problems, initiating corrective action as necessary.

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Review employees' work to evaluate quality and quantity.

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Prepare and maintain time or payroll reports, as well as details of personnel actions, such as performance evaluations, hires, promotions, or disciplinary actions.

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Plan or supervise infrastructure or collection maintenance functions, such as planting, fertilizing, pest or weed control, or landscaping.

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Prepare reports regarding farm conditions, crop yields, machinery breakdowns, or labor problems.

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Requisition or purchase supplies, such as insecticides, machine parts or lubricants, or tools.

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Estimate labor requirements for jobs and plan work schedules accordingly.

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Direct or assist with the adjustment or repair of farm equipment or machinery.

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

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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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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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Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment:  Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.

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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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Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates:  Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.

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

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


Knowledge header image

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

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Food Production:  Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

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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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Mechanical:  Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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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.


Skillsheader image

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

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

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Management of Financial Resources:   Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.

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

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

Technological advances have led to increasing mechanisation and computerisation, so horticultural managers need a sound technical knowledge of maintenance, production and harvesting methods.  
 
You will also need practical skills in looking after plant stock and an interest in growing plants. This means being knowledgeable about plant biology, including methods of controlling pests and disease.  
 
Business administration and information technology skills are important too as the industry becomes increasingly market orientated. Budgeting, price setting, buying and cost control require good analytical skills and numerical ability. Managers deal with a variety of specialists: suppliers, growers, distributors and retail organisations so you will need good negotiating and communication skills.  
 
Good organisational skills would also be an advantage in arranging staff with day-to-day duties, timetables and rotas.


Further Informationheader image

A detailed description of this occupation can be found on a number of online databases. Follow the link(s) below to access this information:

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Go..Horticultural consultant - from:  GradIreland
Go..Horticultural Manager - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Horticultural Worker - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Landscape gardener - from:  GradIreland
Go..Landscape Manager - from:  N.C.S. [UK]

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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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