Nursery Hands (Horticulture) assist in propagating, cultivating and harvesting plants in horticultural nurseries.

    You can work as a Nursery Hand (Horticulture) without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in horticulture or agriculture might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • Loading, unloading and moving nursery supplies and equipment.
    • Preparing nursery sites and plots using hand tools and machines.
    • Assisting with propagating and transplanting plants.
    • Watering, and weeding.
    • Tidying work areas and removing rubbish.
    • Tending plants by hand watering and weeding.
    • Adjusting mist irrigation systems, shade and ventilation.

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    All Garden and Nursery Labourers

    • $1,084 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    Nursery Hands (Horticulture)

    • 5,100 workers Employment Size
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • 52% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 40 hours Average full-time
    • 41 years Average age
    • 57% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Nursery Hands (Horticulture) (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 5,400 in 2011 to 5,100 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Location: Nursery Hands (Horticulture) work in many parts of Australia. Queensland has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Wholesale Trade; and Retail Trade.
    • Full-time: Around half work full-time (52%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 41 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 57% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing65.8
    Wholesale Trade19.9
    Retail Trade8.6
    Administrative and Support Services1.6
    Other Industries4.1

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateNursery Hands (Horticulture)All Jobs Average
    NSW23.931.6
    VIC28.725.6
    QLD26.920.0
    SA6.27.0
    WA11.010.8
    TAS2.32.0
    NT0.51.0
    ACT0.31.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketNursery Hands (Horticulture)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-196.0-5.05.0
    20-2412.1-9.39.3
    25-3418.6-22.922.9
    35-4420.2-22.022.0
    45-5422.4-21.621.6
    55-599.8-9.09.0
    60-646.7-6.06.0
    65 and Over4.3-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationNursery Hands (Horticulture)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.1-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree6.7-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma7.4-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV22.1-21.121.1
    Year 1224.0-18.118.1
    Year 118.4-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below30.4-12.512.5

    You can work as a Nursery Hand (Horticulture) without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in horticulture or agriculture might be helpful.

    Membership with the Nursery and Garden Industry Australia may be useful.

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation & Land Management VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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    Employers look for Garden and Nursery Labourers who are hardworking, have a positive and enthusiastic attitude and are reliable.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Production and Processing

      38% Skill level

      Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

    2. Administration and Management

      34% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

    3. Food Production

      32% Skill level

      Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.

    4. Biology

      32% Skill level

      Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

    5. Education and Training

      31% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 45-2092.01 - Nursery Workers.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Spend Time Standing

      94% Important

      How much time do you spend standing?

    2. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

      85% Important

      How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      82% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    4. Very Hot or Cold Temperatures

      80% Important

      How often do you work in very hot or very cold temperatures (above 32 or below 0 degrees Celsius)?

    5. Spend Time Walking and Running

      80% Important

      How much time do you spend walking and running?

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    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 45-2092.01 - Nursery Workers.

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