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85103 – Nursery and greenhouse labourers

Nursery and greenhouse labourers plant, cultivate and harvest trees, shrubs, flowers and plants, and serve nursery and greenhouse customers. They are employed in indoor and outdoor nurseries and greenhouses.


Example titles

  • Forest nursery labourer
  • Greenhouse labourer
  • Horticulture labourer
  • Hothouse labourer
  • Hydroponics labourer
  • Nursery labourer

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Prepare soil; plant bulbs, seeds and cuttings; graft and bud plants; and transplant seedlings and rooted cuttings
  • Monitor plants for healthy growth and potential weed, insect, disease, and fertilizer problems in greenhouse crops
  • Spray trees, shrubs, flowers and plants to prevent disease and pests
  • Position and regulate greenhouse and outdoor irrigation systems to water plants and fields
  • Dig, cut and transplant trees, shrubs, flowers and plants and prepare them for sale
  • Provide information to customers on gardening, the use of various garden tools and products and the care of trees, shrubs, flowers, plants and lawns
  • May operate tractors and other machinery and equipment to fertilize, cultivate, harvest and spray fields and plants
  • Maintain inventory and order materials as required
  • Clean working areas.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school may be required.
  • Completion of college courses in horticulture or a related field may be required.
  • On-the-job training is provided.
  • A provincial licence to apply chemical fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides and pesticides may be required.

Additional information

  • Progression to supervisory positions, such as greenhouse supervisor, is possible with experience.


  • Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services (82031)
  • Harvesting labourers (85101)
  • Landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers (85121)
  • Managers in horticulture (80021)
  • Silviculture and forestry workers (84111)

Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
8 – Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations
5 – Occupations usually require short-term work demonstration and no formal education
Major group
85 – Harvesting, landscaping and natural resources labourers
Sub-major group
851 – Harvesting, landscaping and natural resources labourers
Minor group
8510 – Agriculture, horticulture and harvesting labourers and related occupations
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