Managers in Horticulture

NOC 0822


Managers in horticulture plan, organize, direct and control the activities of nursery and greenhouse staff who grow and market trees, shrubs, flowers and plants.


  • Plan, organize, direct and control the operations of nurseries and greenhouses
  • Establish the environmental conditions required to grow trees, shrubs, flowers and plants, and design planting and care schedules accordingly
  • Determine type and quantity of stock to grow
  • Supervise staff in planting, transplanting, feeding and spraying stock
  • Identify and control insect, disease and weed problems
  • Develop marketing plans
  • Provide information to customers on gardening and on the care of trees, shrubs, flowers, plants and lawns
  • Order materials such as fertilizer, garden and lawn care equipment, and other nursery and greenhouse related accessories
  • Hire and manage staff, oversee training and set work schedules
  • Maintain records on stock, finances and personnel

Other Titles

  • Greenhouse Operator
  • Plant Grower
  • Nursery Manager
  • Greenhouse Manager
  • Christmas Tree Farm Operator
  • Flower Grower
  • Nursery Operator

(Government of Canada National Occupation Classification)


  • Initiative
  • Attention to Detail
  • Leadership
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Management of Personal Resources
  • Writing
  • Science

Education/Training Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

  • Most college programs in Ontario require an OSSD or Mature Student Status

Post-secondary diploma/degree

  • Completion of a college program in horticulture is usually required


  • Experience as a nursery or greenhouse supervisor is required

Potential Earnings in Durham Region

The average and median wages and salaries for individuals employed as managers in horticulture are as follows. Place of Residence (POR) is defined as individuals who reside within the Durham Region. Place of Work (POW) is defined as individuals who are employed within the Durham Region.

Median Wages and Salaries (POR) Average Wages and Salaries (POR) Median Wages and Salaries (POW): Average Wages and Salaries (POW)
$29,458 $42,771 $29,469 $44,159

Employment Prospects

Industry (NAICS) Jobs in Durham Region (POW) Durham Region Residents Employed (POR)
111-112 Farms 60 60
1110 Farms (except aquaculture) 60 60

(Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development 2016 data in Durham Workforce Authority’s 2017 Sector Report)

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