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What does a Nursery Hand do?

A Nursery Hand works on the daily tasks needed to successfully run a plant nursery. Your role might require you to help propagate or cultivate plants or get them ready for sale or transport. You’ll be ensuring the plants are in good condition and may have to adjust conditions to make sure they thrive. A Nursery Hand will have to fertilise, weed and keep plants watered and you’ll be working with manual and automatic irrigation systems. You’ll need a good knowledge of plant types and be able to use a range of tools and equipment.

Nursery Hands have a very physical role and you’ll need to be ready for some heavy lifting. You’ll have to be good at following instructions and be flexible enough to handle a range of different tasks. You’ll spend most of your day outdoors and will need to work in all sorts of weather conditions. A Nursery Hand might also speak with customers so you’ll need good communication skills.

Nursery Hand Courses

There are 7 courses available for people who want to become a Nursery Hand.

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How much does a Nursery Hand earn?

In Australia, a full time Nursery Hand generally earns $960 per week ($49,920 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience you can expect a potentially higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for a Nursery Hand?

There are 5,400 people working as a Nursery Hand in Australia and this number has dropped slightly over the last five years. Nursery Hand positions can be found in most areas of Australia.

Source: Australian Government Job Outlook 2020

How do I become a Nursery Hand?

A Certificate II or III in Horticulture is a good way to get started in a Nursery Hand role. You could also consider a Certificate II or III in Agriculture.

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Job Pathways

Here are some potential career pathways within permaculture and production horticulture. Click on the occupation for information on the course you should enrol in to start your journey.

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Sourced from The Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service (aapathways.com.au) funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and MySkills.gov.au.