Nursery managers in horticulture, landscaping, and gardening are responsible for establishing and maintaining a nursery garden and ensuring that the plants within it receive the appropriate care and conditions. These managers must take into account the terrain and soil before planting, as well as how much sunlight each area receives on a given day, and they may also determine what plants to grow and how many based on current orders as well as prior order history.
Taking into account weather conditions and the necessities of the store, a nursery manager sets the time-frame for any individual growth to best ensure availability during peak times. Nursery managers must follow daily weather as well as the climate overall and are responsible for taking any necessary actions to maintain proper growth during particularly dangerous or hazardous weather. They may also be tasked with hiring and scheduling staff, assigning duties, and even training employees to ensure that they are prepared for the job.
A college degree is not strictly required for this position, but a bachelor's degree in botany, horticulture, or a related field is highly beneficial. These managers typically work outdoors and full-time with occasional overtime, and moderate physical activity is necessary to fulfill their duties.