Recruiting Specialty: Horticulture
With over 700 horticulture-specific resumes in our Talent Database and direct industry experience, we can find the employee to fit your staffing needs - whether you're looking for someone vine-ripened and wise or fresh from the cabbage patch. We recruit: Greenhouse Technicians, Horticulturists, Viticulturists, Plant Pathologists, Nursery Managers, Crop Specialists and other great candidates like the candidate described below:
This senior level Horticultural Technician began his career in horticulture supervising fellow students in a greenhouse setting. With over 12 years specializing in growing and maintaining plants in greenhouse and garden settings, this experienced manager has a desire to utilize his education and experience in an upwardly mobile horticultural position. (Talent Database ID#11539)
New to the agricultural industry? Not sure what different careers entail? Looking for some specific job descriptions? Take a look at a few highlighted job titles with mini-descriptions!
A turf or landscape estimator will work in conjunction with a commercial sod farm operation specializing in the knowledge of turf horticulture and product pricing or in other areas of nursery trades. The estimator will have a thorough knowledge of turf markets, soil and climate, water availability, equipment technology, and offer consultation on appropriate turf varieties. S/he will utilize supervisory and interpersonal skills dealing with customers, and will have worked for a number of years in sod production. The turf estimator will also posses good human resources management skills, along with effective written and verbal communication.
Field Manager & Foreperson
Job includes day to day supervision of workers and work schedules including shipping within a nursery or landscaping firm. Must demonstrate and communicate knowledge of all aspects of field grown trees and other nursery crops, including: planting, wrapping, irrigation, pruning, fertilizing and weeding. Within the landscaping industry individuals must be able to perform and demonstrate all aspects of landscaping and grounds maintenance, including: hard and softscaping, irrigation installation, plant identification and care, appropriate drafting and landscape design, contract administration, and construction. Landscape foreperson reads plans and specifications, works on construction sites and with architects and landscape architects. Both positions must have operational experience on machinery such as, a skid steer loader, tractors or small trucks. Service or supervision on related equipment, loaders, tractor may be required. Maintenance and inventory of operation supplies and tools is required. Nursery foreperson will complete daily inspection of stock for pests and disease. Excellent verbal and communication and human resource skills are required.
Flower Harvester (Outside and Greenhouse)
This is typically a general labour position, picking outside daffodils, tulips, or bulbs. Flower Harvesters are generally offered seasonal employment from 2 - 6 weeks depending on weather conditions. These positions could start as early as mid February and end as late as June or July for bulbs and may include inside harvest for greenhouse grown flowers. Season times and lengths vary depending on crop and location.
Greenhouse Floriculture Assistant
Working in a floriculture greenhouse, these positions may involve different aspects of floriculture. Individuals may also be required to assist with flower cutting and grafting roses under supervision; plant maintenance and planting are also specific tasks. This position may also include other duties in a greenhouse such as operating irrigation systems and manipulation of plant environment. Typically, these are full time seasonal positions, starting May until Labour Day Weekend.
Harvester and Pruner
Harvesting positions may include, lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, etc. For example, cucumbers are picked daily and then graded, wrapped and boxed. The vines are pruned to an amount of fruit by the pruner. Generally offered as seasonal employment depending on crop, February to November.
Nursery Assistant Retail Sales Manager
Nursery Assistant Managers are responsible for customer service, maintenance care and identification of plants, shrubs, and perennials, ordering, receiving, and organization of retail displays. Individuals will take direction from the Retail Sales Manager and must monitor and understand all aspects of the retail nursery operation, including: scheduling and hiring of workers in coordination with the manager, identification of plant pests and disease, and executing designated customer services.
Nursery Worker & Order Processor
Duties include filling packing slips with quality plant material and other shipping duties, requires a general knowledge of plant identification, shrubs, and perennials including watering, planting, pruning, and customer service. Depending on the nursery, the position may require fork lift or tractor operation.
Propagation Division Manager
Duties of a Propagation Division Manager include making sure that the propagation needs of the nursery are met, providing plugs and liners to businesses, propagating and marketing perennials. Individuals will execute all aspects of the propagation division including growth, innovation within the industry, monitoring sales and marketing, supervising related work crews, and farm business management.
Sod Farm Equipment Operator / Truck Driver
These positions may be combined or classified separately. Working under the Sod Farm Manager the equipment operator plants and harvests the sod crop at the direction of the estimator using heavy equipment such as a bobcat or skid steer loader or sod harvesters. This position when combined with delivery requires a strong individual, with good customer relations and communications. The sale of sod depends on good service, quality of product and reliability. Delivery and installation of sod and pick up of supplies would be required. Individuals work independently and as part of a team. Often offered seasonally - March to November. Day to day duties include working as part of a team, following and carrying out orders, and demonstrating safe practices around farm equipment.
Sod Farm Worker
Workers perform a variety of routine chores under the direction of the turf farm manager or supervisor, including: rock picking, irrigation, fence line boundary preparation, installing base mesh, seeding, fertilizing and harvesting. Duties may require tractor operation for mowing and rock picking. This is often seasonal employment from April to October depending on the location of the farm and weather conditions. Individuals work in a team environment.
Technical Greenhouse Production Officer
Working under a Manager, a Production Officer operates the boiler, irrigation systems and climate control computers which monitor the climate and humidity within a greenhouse. A greenhouse production officer will be responsible for meeting the production, optimizing growing conditions, maintenance of irrigation systems, monitoring and adjustment of nutrition in root-zone, pest and disease identification., running technical trials, plant propagation, pollination. Depending on the operation, this role may include supervising workers involved in daily cropping practices; and other duties as assigned. Employment is full-time, year round.
Turf Farm Manager & Sales Person
This position may include a variety of responsibilities pertaining to the effective operation of the sod farm, maintaining sales contacts and ensuring overall customer satisfaction including the timely delivery of sod. Depending on the size of the turf farm, supervision of general sod workers and office staff may also be a main responsibility of the Farm Manager and Sales Person / Manager.