Horticultural assistants undertake a range of tasks involving the cultivation, growing, harvesting and maintenance of trees, plants and gardens.
Horticultural assistants may perform the following tasks:
- prepare new garden sites, plots and soils using hand tools or machines
- load, unload and move gardening supplies and equipment
- assist with planting and transplanting seeds, bulbs, flowers, shrubs, trees and lawns
- clean gardens and remove rubbish
- maintain plants and gardens by watering, weeding, fertilising and mowing lawns
- adjust mist irrigation systems, shade and ventilation in a nursery, garden or greenhouse
- prepare and package plants for sale or transport
- erect barriers, fences or structures in gardens.
Horticultural assistants usually work under the supervision of a horticultural tradesperson. They work outside and in greenhouses, often in a team. Some of the work is physically demanding as it involves bending, lifting and the use of machinery such as tractors, rollers and edging machines. Protective clothing must be used when handling fertilisers and pesticides, and to prevent injury while using machinery.
- able to undertake manual and sometimes heavy work
- observant and methodical
- good communication skills
- enjoy outdoor work
- able to cope with the physical demands of the job
- enjoy working in teams.
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