CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Nursery Workers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Farming
Benchmark Title: Nursery Workers
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Work in nursery facilities or at customer location planting, cultivating, harvesting, and transplanting trees, shrubs, or plants. Plant, spray, weed, fertilize, and water plants, shrubs, and trees, using hand tools and gardening tools.
 
Harvest plants, and transplant or pot and label them.
 
Feel plants' leaves and note their coloring to detect the presence of insects or disease.
 
Operate tractors and other machinery and equipment to fertilize, cultivate, harvest, and spray fields and plants.
 
Inspect plants and bud ties to assess quality.
 
Dig, cut, and transplant seedlings, cuttings, trees, and shrubs.
 
Move containerized shrubs, plants, and trees, using wheelbarrows or tractors.
 
Clean work areas, and maintain grounds and landscaping.
 
Haul and spread topsoil, fertilizer, peat moss, and other materials to condition soil, using wheelbarrows or carts and shovels.
 
Maintain and repair irrigation and climate control systems.
 
Record information about plants and plant growth.
 
Sell and deliver plants and flowers to customers.
 
Fill growing tanks with water.
 
Tie and bunch flowers, plants, shrubs, and trees; wrap their roots; and pack them into boxes to fill orders.
 
Regulate greenhouse conditions, and indoor and outdoor irrigation systems.
 
Dig, rake, and screen soil; and fill cold frames and hot beds in preparation for planting.
 
Dip cut flowers into disinfectant, count them into bunches, and place them in boxes to prepare them for storage and shipping.
 
Sow grass seed, or plant plugs of grass.
 
Maintain inventory, ordering materials as required.
 
Cut, roll, and stack sod.
 
Provide information and advice to the public regarding the selection, purchase, and care of products.
 
Fold and staple corrugated forms to make boxes used for packing horticultural products.
 
Trap and destroy pests such as moles, gophers, and mice, using pesticides.
 
Graft plants and trees into different rootstock to reduce disease by inserting and tying buds into incisions in rootstock.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Farming
Benchmark Title: Nursery Workers
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
 
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Farming
Benchmark Title: Nursery Workers
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Farming
Benchmark Title: Nursery Workers
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
 
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Dynamic Strength The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Gross Body Coordination The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Speed of Limb Movement The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Farming
Benchmark Title: Nursery Workers
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
Related Work Experience None
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
On-the-Job Training Anything beyond short demonstration, up to and including 1 month
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Farming
Benchmark Title: Nursery Workers
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Baller
Budder
Bulb Packer
Bulb Planter
Bulb Weeder
Caretaker
Cutter
Field Hand
Florist Helper
Flower Cutter
Flower Picker
Flower Planter
Flower Stripper
Garden Center Employee
Geranium Specialist
Grafter
Greenhouse Assistant
Greenhouse Helper
Greenhouse Laborer
Greenhouse Manager
Greenhouse Worker
Greenhouse or Nursery Transplanter
Ground Worker
Groundman
Grower
Hand Cultivator
Harvester
Herb Digger
Herb Specialist
Horticultural Specialty Grower
Horticultural Worker
Horticulture Worker
Laborer
Landscape Foreman
Nursery Harvester
Nursery Laborer
Nursery Plant Maintainer
Nursery Worker
Nurseryman Assistant
Orchid Hand
Orchid Transplanter
Packer
Picker
Plant Production Worker
Planting Material Carrier
Planting Material Remover
Planting Material Unloader
Potter
Propagation Worker
Propagator Laborer
Replanter
Replanting Machine Crew
Sprinkling Worker
Transplant Worker
Transplanter
Tree Surgeon Helper
Tree Wrapper
Watering Worker
Weeder
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Farming
Benchmark Title: Nursery Workers
 
 
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