Greenhouse Manager

Greenhouse managers are responsible for the daily operations involved with running a greenhouse or nursery and are responsible for propagation, cultivation and harvesting of plants. Depending upon the structure of the business, they may work with the public or in a business-to-business arrangement. Greenhouses can be used for commercial plant purposes or in food production.

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Plan species to be planted according to time of year
  • Provide supervision over greenhouse workers and promote a culture of continuous improvement
  • Possess an up-to-date knowledge about the stages and diseases of plant life and potential diseases that may occur
  • Develop crop-specific fertilizer and irrigation protocols that maximize the potential of the breeding programs
  • Manage greenhouse equipment and technology, while keeping these tools safe and updated
  • Explore ways to improve processes for more efficient growth and harvest yields
  • Maintain breeding records
  • Forecast demand to determine plant populations
  • Ensure that operation is in line with environmental regulations
  • Maintain positive relations with customers, commercial businesses and greenhouse vendors

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education, especially plant science and horticulture
  • business
  • mathematics
  • biology

Education/Training Required:

An associate or bachelor’s degree in horticulture, agribusiness, agronomy, seed production, farm production or a related field is needed.

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