In Summary - Garden Centre Worker
Garden Centre Workers typically work in the following Career Sectors:
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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 - Garden Centre Worker
Garden centre assistants work outside and in a retail shops. Similar posts can be found in retail nurseries.
Work outside can include preparing ground ready for planting nursery stock, shrubs and trees. Weeding and cleaning the prepared beds, watering and pruning are all part of tending in the growing cycle. In the greenhouse, daily tasks can include pricking-out young plants, transferring them to larger pots, taking cuttings and grafting plants on to other plants of good root stock.
In the retail shop area of a garden centre, assistants promote sales and advise customers on plant choice and how to look after plants. Other tasks include dealing with sales, stocking shelves, ordering new stock and helping with daily general tasks such as clearing up, watering, spraying and preparing stock for sale to the public. It can also involve handling money and recording purchases in an electronic cash register
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- Plant, spray, weed, fertilize, and water plants, shrubs, and trees, using hand tools and gardening tools.
- Harvest plants, and transplant or pot and label them.
- Feel plants' leaves and note their coloring to detect the presence of insects or disease.
- Operate tractors and other machinery and equipment to fertilize, cultivate, harvest, and spray fields and plants.
- Inspect plants and bud ties to assess quality.
- Dig, cut, and transplant seedlings, cuttings, trees, and shrubs.
- Move containerized shrubs, plants, and trees, using wheelbarrows or tractors.
- Clean work areas, and maintain grounds and landscaping.
- Haul and spread topsoil, fertilizer, peat moss, and other materials to condition soil, using wheelbarrows or carts and shovels.
- Maintain and repair irrigation and climate control systems.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- 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.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
Interests - Garden Centre Worker
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalist's interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.
Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results and prefer action to talking and discussing.
The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.
Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
You will need to be adaptable as the work of a garden centre assistant can be extremely varied. You also need to be physically fit as tasks can involve bending, digging, lifting and carrying.
When working in the retail shop, you will be on your feet for most of the day. You will need a good knowledge of a wide range of plants and be able to use your knowledge in advising the public. Dealing with the public and promoting sales can be a major part of the job, so you need to be approachable and outgoing. You will also need patience when dealing with difficult customers.
Accuracy with numbers is important when recording stock levels and dealing with sales.
Entry Requirements - Garden Centre Worker
Pay & Salary - Garden Centre Worker
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 18k - 30k
Last Updated: March, 2017
* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Useful Contacts - Garden Centre Worker
Kildalton Horticultural College
Teagasc - Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority
Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland