Horticulturist, Production

WHAT YOU DO

Production Horticulturists are the superheroes of the plant world. As a Production Horticulturist, you draw on your practical knowledge to manage distribution, and protect vulnerable plant species from harm.

Production Horticulturists work for nurseries, greenhouses, and public, municipal, or botanical gardens where they spend their days growing and preparing plants for distribution. As a Production Horticulturist, you are a strategic thinker who feels a connection to all things green. If you love plants and tend your garden with pride, then a career in horticulture could be for you.

Program details

WHAT YOU LEARN

  • How to identify plants suitable for planting in difficult situations
  • How to control pests, and describe conditions that lead to plant stress
  • How to maintain beds, borders, lawns, nurseries, and containers
  • How to recognize and describe bud, bark, foliage, flower, and fruit characteristics
  • How to manage humidity, temperature, lighting, and carbon dioxide control systems

WHO YOU WORK FOR

Production Horticulturists often work for botanical gardens, nurseries or golf courses. Some even start their own businesses.

Types of Workplaces

  • Botanical, public, or municipal gardens
  • Nurseries: retail / commercial
  • Greenhouses

WHO YOU’LL WORK WITH

You will be paired with an experienced Production Horticulturist who will help you learn the basics of plant health and nursery production. You’ll continue to perfect your skill level with a variety of industry-specific humidity control systems, and gain a deeper understanding of the delicate art of pest control.

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ADVENTUROUS, CURIOUS, NIMBLE, OUTDOORSY, VISUAL

Critical Skills

  • Oversee nursery production and system operations
  • Analyze and maintain plant health
  • How to use hand tools, power tools, and measuring equipment
  • Recognize work hazards and apply WHMIS
  • Operate and maintain vehicles and motorized equipment

Earn

$15K - $60K annually
$15.00 - $33.00 hourly

Work

  • 40
  • hours per week
    mostly weekdays / seasonal

How to get started

ITA Youth Trade Programs let you get started in a trade while you’re still in high school. That means you could be working in your field, learning from experts and earning a paycheque — all before you graduate.