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Commercial Horticultural Worker

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Commercial Horticultural Worker
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Last Updated: March, 2013

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At a Glance... header image

Commercial horticultural workers grow, look after and harvest plant stock. The work may involve spraying, mulching, pruning, picking and grading.


The Work header image

Horticultural workers involved in commercial horticulture grow, look after and harvest plant stock. Some specialise in fruit farms or orchards where the work involves spraying, mulching, pruning, picking and grading. Where they work with crops under glass, they look after flower stock or fruit crops, such as tomatoes. They prepare soil beds, sow seed and plant cuttings.  
 
Other tasks include controlling heat, light, temperature, humidity and watering, often with sophisticated computers. Horticultural workers control pests by spraying the stock with chemicals and also pick and pack produce ready to be sent to retailers or markets.  
 
During the busy harvest times, horticultural workers may also be required to supervise casual staff. They may also be required to drive tractors and use other light machinery such as hedge trimmers, rotavators and mowers as well as using hand tools. They may be required to carry out basic maintenance and minor repairs to tools and equipment.  
 
Most horticultural workers work outdoors in all weather conditions. For certain jobs such as spraying, they may have to wear protective clothing including face protection.  
 
In garden centres, the emphasis is on retail sales to the general public. Such products would include field vegetables, fruit, protection crops grown under glass or polythene, and hardy nursery stock, such as trees, shrubs, roses and herbaceous plants.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

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

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Operate vehicles and powered equipment, such as mowers, tractors, twin-axle vehicles, snow blowers, chain saws, electric clippers, sod cutters, and pruning saws.

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Mow or edge lawns, using power mowers or edgers.

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Shovel snow from walks, driveways, or parking lots and spread salt in those areas.

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Care for established lawns by mulching, aerating, weeding, grubbing, removing thatch, or trimming or edging around flower beds, walks, or walls.

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Use hand tools, such as shovels, rakes, pruning saws, saws, hedge or brush trimmers, or axes.

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Prune or trim trees, shrubs, or hedges, using shears, pruners, or chain saws.

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Gather and remove litter.

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Maintain or repair tools, equipment, or structures, such as buildings, greenhouses, fences, or benches, using hand or power tools.

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Mix and spray or spread fertilizers, herbicides, or insecticides onto grass, shrubs, or trees, using hand or automatic sprayers or spreaders.

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Provide proper upkeep of sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, fountains, planters, burial sites, or other grounds features.

Work Activities header image

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

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

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

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Controlling Machines and Processes:  Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment:  Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

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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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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material:  Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.


Knowledge header image

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

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

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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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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Building and Construction:  Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.


Skillsheader image

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

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Operation and Control:   Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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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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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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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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

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

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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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Quality Control Analysis:   Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You will need to be fit as the work can be physically demanding involving digging, lifting and carrying. You need to be able to understand technical information about how plants grow, the effect of pests and disease, and how to control them. A driving licence is useful although not essential.


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Organisation: Coillte
  Address: The Irish Forestry Board, Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow
  Tel: (01) 201 1111
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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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Organisation: National Botanic Gardens
  Address: Glasnevin, Dublin 9
  Tel: (01) 804 0201
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