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Horticultural Production Supervisor

Also known as: 

Nursery Supervisor; Glasshouse Production Supervisor; Fruit and Vegetable Technician; Technician/Specialist

Job Description: 

Horticulture Production Supervisors work in either food production or ornamental plant production/sales environment, producing plants in production areas, such as ornamental plant nurseries, fruit and vegetable production farms, cut flower grower farms, or on any farm or

site that produces plants.

Ornamental production of plants can include production for your local park to the shelves of the big garden centre chains, the trees, shrubs and flowers we all enjoy are grown at ornamental plant nurseries (an ornamental plant is one that looks good, but you can’t eat!).

Fruit and vegetable production; think of a greengrocer shop or supermarket aisle filled with British fruit and veg: you’d see apples, pears, plums, cherries, raspberries, strawberries, blackcurrants, carrots, potatoes, broccoli, salads, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, mushrooms, watercress…

They’re all grown by fruit and vegetable nurseries in the UK. The technology involved in growing edible plants plus the job opportunities from management to marketing make working on a fruit or veg nursery a rewarding career. 

Both areas of production may include either field production or protected production in glasshouses or plastic tunnels.

Horticultural Production Supervisors are likely to be involved in some of the following:

  • Ensuring plants are grown correctly, including seed sowing, bulb planting, cultivation of  cuttings and the transferal of seedlings to pots and containers
  • Ensuring plants nurtured by watering, weeding, pruning, and nutrient application
  • Identifying and dealing with pests and diseases
  • Ensuring horticultural tools, machinery and technical equipment are maintained correctly
  • Identifying produce to be picked and packaged
  • Ensuring the temperature, light and humidity in glasshouses is at the optimum level
  • Supervising a teams of horticultural production workers to produce, pick and pack the final product.

Those Horticultural Production Workers who don’t wish to progress to supervising a team can specialise within a specific technical area such as irrigation specialist, soil specialist or propagation specialist and become a technician/specialist in that particular area. 

Many of these specialist areas can be taught on the job at farm or production nurseries, or learn as part of a wide range of horticultural courses, including degrees, diplomas and distance learning.

Working Conditions: 

The hours vary depending on the type of farm or production nursery and on the season. In large farm’s or production nurseries staff may work a standard full-time week. In many businesses early starts are common in the summer months.

In both types of production, weekend work, late evenings and overtime are common. There are also part-time and casual jobs available.

The work is rewarding and can be physically demanding. Workers may work inside or outside in all weather conditions. Protective clothing or a uniform is usually supplied.

Salary & Other Benefits: 

These figures are only a guide, as actual rates of pay may vary depending on the employer and where people live.

  • Starting salaries may be around £10,500 to £15,000 a year
  • With experience, Horticulture Workers may earn around £18,000 to £20,000
  • Those in supervisory or management roles may earn from around £20,000 to over £40,000 a year.
Skills: 
  • Ensure propagation material is collected correctly
  • Ensure materials and sow seed are prepared correctly
  • Control pests, diseases and disorders
  • Ensure sites are prepared and resources are available for planting crops
  • Ensure crops are harvested correctly using the most appropriate method
  • Ensure nutrients are provided correctly to crops
  • Ensure crop development is monitored and maintained correctly
  • Ensure watering systems are monitor and adjust correctly
  • Ensure plants are provided with correct support and protection
  • Ensure teams are performing
  • Have good customer service skills
  • Good communication skills.
Personal Qualities: 
  • Be able to work alone or in a team
  • Have good interpersonal skills and be able to communicate with colleagues
  • Have an interest in plants and their production
  • Flexibility
  • Mobility.
Qualifications and training: 

There are a variety of qualifications and training opportunities that can help you:

  • Learn more about your chosen area
  • find employment
  • improve your current skills
  • gain promotion
  • enhance job satisfaction

This a link to the Register of Regulated Qualification held by Ofqual and has been set up to search for a range qualifications in Production Horticulture Qualifications.  As this search includes all qualifications at different levels and different kinds, you may need to seek further assistance with your tutor or a local college as to the best ones to suit your needs. The qualifications listed on this website are suited if you are resident in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.For those of you living in Scotland you need to search for qualifications with the Scottish Qualifications Authority. You will need to choose the type of qualification you are looking for and then search for qualifications available in Production HorticultureYou may also wish to find out about apprenticeships available in Production Horticulture and further information can be found on the National Apprenticeship Service website http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/ for England.If you are living in Wales follow this link to the Welsh Government website for more information about apprenticeships http://wales.gov.uk/topics/educationandskills/skillsandtraining/apprenticeships/?lang=enIf you are living in Northern Ireland this is the link to Department for Education and Learning for more information on apprenticeships http://www.delni.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsniIf you are living Scotland following this link for more information on modern apprenticeship available http://www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/our-services/modern-apprenticeships/

Getting In: 

There are no formal entry requirements, but some employers ask for GCSEs (A*-C), especially in science subjects, or a Diploma in horticulture.

Customer service experience and skills are also important and some employers may also look for this type of previous experience or qualifications in retail and/or sales.

Full-and part-time courses are available at many colleges. These provide theory and practical experience, and give a good grounding in horticulture.

It may also be possible to enter this career through an appropriate Apprenticeship programme. Apprenticeships and Advanced Apprenticeships provide structured training with an employer and will pay at least £107 per week. More information is available on the Apprenticeship page.  

Getting On: 

There are a variety of opportunities within the whole sector. Employment opportunities are plentiful and there is an increasing demand for experienced workers.

If you supervise a team of Horticultural Production Workers you could progress to a management position such as Quality Assurance Manager, Nursery Manager, etc.

If you specialise in a particular area such as soil, nutrient, propagation you could progress your career into Propagation Scientist, Seed Scientist, Plant Pathologist, Agronomist.

Further Information: 

You can also find additional information from the following organisations and publications:

Industry Information

Publications, Magazines and Journals (Some may be priced):

  • Ranger Magazine
  • Countryside Magazine

Jobs

A to Z: 

Lead Installer

Also known as: 

Foreman.

Job Description: 

Lead Installers are responsible for:

  • Managing people within the team
  • Making sure work carried out meets the standards of the client
  • Encouraging and motivating team members to complete task on time
  • Liaising with onsite deliveries and logistics
  • Managing personal and team health and safety on site.

The fencing industry incorporates several main areas of work:

  • Boundary fencing – domestic and agricultural (post and rail, post and panel, strained wire)
  • Vehicle restraint - roads and motorways
  • Sound proof barriers
  • Parapets and bridges
  • Security fencing, prisons, airports
  • Electric fencing and gates.

There are estimated to be approximately 3,150 Fencing businesses throughout the UK employing 27,000 people. Job opportunities occur in urban and rural areas.

Lead Installers are employed by large construction groups working on major building projects, by landscaping or fencing companies, and by motorway, road or rail network companies.

Working Conditions: 

Fencing businesses can operate seven days a week. Therefore employees usually work flexible hours based around the jobs that need completing. In larger businesses, they are likely to work on a rota system with other members of staff. This will include early mornings, evenings and weekends. 

Lead Installers supervise a team of fence installers and labourers in the day to day operations on site, usually working under the direction of the Assistant Site Manager or Site Manager, focusing on all aspects of successful fence planning and installation.

Lead Installers need to be comfortable working outside as well as in an office. Most of their working time is spent outdoors in all weather conditions.

Many fencing contractors cover a wide area so there is likely to be a requirement to travel or work away from home.

Anyone working on a construction site, including Lead Installers, need to have the FISS (Fencing Industry Skills Scheme) CSCS (Construction Skills Card Scheme) gold card.

A full driving licence is likely to be essential.

Salary & Other Benefits: 

These figures are only a guide, actual rates of pay may vary, depending on the employer, the location and the experience of the employee. The fencing industry usually offers good rates of pay and overtime is often available.

  • An experienced Lead Installer/Foreman could earn £30,000 - £40,000 or more.

Sometimes accommodation allowance and use of a vehicle will be offered as part of the package as well as added incentives such as overtime or bonuses.

Skills: 
  • Manage and lead a team
  • Plan and manage work to  plans
  • Able to do calculations
  • Promote health and safety in the work environment
  • Manage the resources including tools and equipment
  • Operate plant and machinery
  • Excavate and form foundations for fencing
  • Maintain records
  • Communicate with customers.
Personal Qualities: 
  • Able to meet the physical demands of the job
  • Good practical skills
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Good communications skills
  • Able to work on own or in a team.
Qualifications and training: 

There are a variety of qualifications and training opportunities that can help you:

  • Learn more about your chosen area
  • find employment
  • improve your current skills
  • gain promotion
  • enhance job satisfaction

This a link to the Register of Regulated Qualification held by Ofqual and has been set up to search for a range qualifications in Fencing Qualifications.  As this search includes all qualifications at different levels and different kinds, you may need to seek further assistance with your tutor or a local college as to the best ones to suit your needs. The qualifications listed on this website are suited if you are resident in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

For those of you living in Scotland you need to search for qualifications with the Scottish Qualifications Authority. You will need to choose the type of qualification you are looking for and then search for qualifications available in Fencing

You may also wish to find out about apprenticeships available in Fencing and further information can be found on the National Apprenticeship Service website http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/ for England.

If you are living in Wales follow this link to the Welsh Government website for more information about apprenticeships http://wales.gov.uk/topics/educationandskills/skillsandtraining/apprenticeships/?lang=en

If you are living in Northern Ireland this is the link to Department for Education and Learning for more information on apprenticeships http://www.delni.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsni

If you are living Scotland following this link for more information on modern apprenticeship available http://www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/our-services/modern-apprenticeships/

Getting In: 

Moving from General Fence Installer to Lead Installer is quite common.

Having gained supervisory skills, plus experience, skills and knowledge and having gained the right skills cards for the industry will help.

Getting On: 

There may be opportunities for Lead Installers to be promoted to Contracts Supervisor or Manager within a larger business. As there are a limited number of jobs within small businesses it may be necessary to move to another employer to progress. 

Further Information: 

Tel: 02476 696 996 or e-mail careers@lantra.co.uk. You can find additional information from the following organisations and publications:

Industry information

  • FaCT
  • FCA Fencing  Contractors Association
  • EFA European Fencing Association.

Publications, magazines and journals (Some may be priced)

  • FISS  Booklet – Sector Schemes
  • Perimeter Fencing.
A to Z: 
Industry: 

Landscaper

Job Description: 

Landscapers create and look after planting and other features in outdoor and indoor spaces, making the most of the land available and creating attractive environments. Outdoor spaces include:

  • Gardens
  • Housing estates
  • Parks
  • Sports grounds
  • Industrial sites.

Some Landscapers specialise in interior landscapes, producing displays of plants and other features (such as water features) to brighten buildings  such as; shopping centres, offices and hospitals.

Landscaper tasks vary from project to project but can include:

  • Working from plans drawn up by a landscape architect or garden designer
  • Discussing plans, ideas and budgets with the client
  • Preparing the ground using equipment like mini-diggers, excavators, tractor-mounted equipment and dump trucks, depending on the size of the project, as well as spades and forks for more detailed work
  • Installing features such as paths, paved areas, statues, rock gardens or water features
  • Planting flowers, shrubs and trees, seeding lawns and laying turf
  • Advising clients on maintaining the plants and landscape, or returning at regular intervals to carry out ongoing maintenance.

Some Landscapers specialise in skills like paving, constructing rock or water gardens, or creating sports fields, creating greenroofs and living walls. Larger landscape companies carryout commercial landscape projects, such as the Olympic Park, as well as maintaining the green areas in our towns and cities. Others may offer a wide range of general skills.

Landscapers use a range of hand and power tools including garden mowers, pruners, spades, forks, cement mixers, stone-cutting saws, chainsaws and climbing equipment.

On small projects Landscapers may work alone or with one or two other staff. On large projects they usually work in teams under the direction of a supervisor.

Working Conditions: 

Landscapers usually work standard full-time hours but overtime (sometimes including weekends) is often required to meet schedules. Early starts are common. Temporary work may be available at busy times.

Many jobs involve working outside in all weather conditions, although interior landscapers work indoors. The work can be very heavy as it can involve digging, pushing loaded wheelbarrows and lifting paving slabs. Conditions may be wet, muddy, very cold or very hot, and there may be noise, fumes and dust from the machinery that is used.  

Landscapers wear protective clothing including overalls, gloves and safety boots, and use protective equipment such as ear protectors and hard hats when required.

A driving licence may be useful for travelling between sites. Some jobs involve staying away from home.

Salary & Other Benefits: 

These figures are only a guide, as actual rates of pay may vary depending on the employer and where people live.

  • New entrants may earn around £15,000 a year
  • With experience this may rise to between £16,500 and £20,500 a year
  • Contract Managers may earn between £35,000 and £45,000 a year plus bonuses and other benefits.
Skills: 
  • Be able to create plant displays for either interior or exterior sites
  • Construct features for interior or exterior sites
  • Liaise with customers and suppliers
  • Be able to prepare and use relevant tools, equipment and machinery safely
  • Read plans and designs
  • Be able to use a range of IT systems.
Personal Qualities: 
  • Flexibility
  • Mobility
  • Friendly and approachable
  • Able to work in a team or on own.
Qualifications and training: 

There are a variety of qualifications and training opportunities that can help you:

  • Learn more about your chosen area
  • find employment
  • improve your current skills
  • gain promotion
  • enhance job satisfaction

This a link to the Register of Regulated Qualification held by Ofqual and has been set up to search for a range qualifications in Horticulture Qualifications.  As this search includes all qualifications at different levels and different kinds, you may need to seek further assistance with your tutor or a local college as to the best ones to suit your needs. The qualifications listed on this website are suited if you are resident in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

For those of you living in Scotland you need to search for qualifications with the Scottish Qualifications Authority. You will need to choose the type of qualification you are looking for and then search for qualifications available in Horticulture

You may also wish to find out about apprenticeships available in Horticulture and further information can be found on the National Apprenticeship Service website http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/ for England.

If you are living in Wales follow this link to the Welsh Government website for more information about apprenticeships http://wales.gov.uk/topics/educationandskills/skillsandtraining/apprenticeships/?lang=en

If you are living in Northern Ireland this is the link to Department for Education and Learning for more information on apprenticeships http://www.delni.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsni

If you are living Scotland following this link for more information on modern apprenticeship available http://www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/our-services/modern-apprenticeships/

Getting In: 

There are opportunities for Landscapers throughout the UK. The majority are employed by landscape contractors and local authority parks departments. There are a few opportunities with heritage organisations like the National Trust or English Heritage, botanical gardens, private and public companies and large estates. Some landscapers are self-employed.

Vacancies are advertised in local newspapers, Jobcentre Plus offices, recruitment agencies, specialist publications such as Horticulture Week, Professional Landscaper, Groundsman, and on the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) and the Association of Professional Landscaper (APL).

It may also be possible to enter this career as an assistant landscaper or through an appropriate Apprenticeship programme. Apprenticeships and Advanced Apprenticeships provide structured training with an employer and will pay at least £107 per week. More information is available on the Apprenticeships website.

Getting On: 

With experience and training, Landscapers may be able to move into supervisory roles. Qualifications such as a HNC/HND in Horticulture may be useful for landscapers who want to progress to landscape management roles.

With appropriate qualifications it may also be possible to move into training or teaching. Landscapers can also become self-employed.

A to Z: 

Landscape Supervisor

Also known as: 

Senior Landscaper; Garden Designer.

Job Description: 

Landscape Supervisors are experienced in dealing with all aspects of garden and landscape design, from creating and looking after planting and other features in outdoor and indoor spaces, making the most of the land available and creating attractive environments.   

They generally provide a complete design service to clients enabling garden owners to enhance and make the most of their gardens.

Outdoor spaces include:

  • Gardens
  • Housing estates
  • Parks
  • Sports grounds
  • Industrial sites.

Landscape Supervisors may choose to specialise in interior landscapes, producing displays of plants and other features (such as water features) to brighten buildings like shopping centres, offices and hospitals.

Some Senior Landscapers may work with clients to design gardens to suit their individual requirements and tastes. The design process will take into account people's lifestyles and personal preferences.

Landscape Supervisors tasks vary from project to project but can include:

  • Discussing ideas with clients, their preferences for particular plants, flowers, colours, and how they want to use the garden
  • Preparing a summary of the client's requirements and an estimate of the fees, which may include creating the garden designed
  • Preparing or assisting the landscape architect to prepare plans showing the main features of the new garden as well as planting plans
  • Agreeing design and fees with the client
  • Working with other professionals such as landscapers and landscape architects
  • Advising clients on maintaining the plants and landscape, or returning at regular intervals to carry out ongoing maintenance
  • Supervising team of contractors.

Some specialise in skills like paving, constructing rock or water gardens, or creating sports fields, creating greenroofs or living walls. Larger landscape companies carryout commercial landscape projects, such as the Olympic Park, as well as maintaining the green areas in our towns and cities. Others may offer a wide range of general skills.

Working Conditions: 

Landscape Supervisors usually work standard full-time hours but overtime (sometimes including evenings and weekends) is often required to meet schedules. Early starts are common. Temporary work may be available at busy times.

Many jobs involve working outside in all weather conditions, although interior landscapers work indoors. The work can be very heavy as it can involve digging, pushing loaded wheelbarrows and lifting paving slabs. Conditions may be wet, muddy, very cold or very hot, and there may be noise, fumes and dust from the machinery that is used.

Landscape Supervisors wear protective clothing including overalls, gloves and safety boots, and use protective equipment such as ear protectors and hard hats when required.

A driving licence may be useful for travelling between sites. Some jobs involve staying away from home.

Salary & Other Benefits: 

These figures are only a guide, as actual rates of pay may vary depending on the employer and where people live.

  • New entrants may earn around £15,000 a year
  • With experience this may rise to between £16,500 and £25,500 a year
  • Highly experienced Senior Landscapers may earn between £35,000 and £45,000 a year plus bonuses and other benefits.
Skills: 
  • Be responsible for a budget in your area/s
  • Be able to prepare specifications
  • Be able to co-ordinate the management of planted areas
  • Be able to plan and conduct field surveys
  • Be able to design landscape areas
  • Develop and awareness of the environment
  • Be able to interpret date from surveys
  • Be able to supervise teams.
Personal Qualities: 
  • Flexibility
  • Mobility
  • Be able to work as part of a team or on own.
Qualifications and training: 

There are a variety of qualifications and training opportunities that can help you:

  • Learn more about your chosen area
  • find employment
  • improve your current skills
  • gain promotion
  • enhance job satisfaction

This a link to the Register of Regulated Qualification held by Ofqual and has been set up to search for a range qualifications in Horticulture Qualifications.  As this search includes all qualifications at different levels and different kinds, you may need to seek further assistance with your tutor or a local college as to the best ones to suit your needs. The qualifications listed on this website are suited if you are resident in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

For those of you living in Scotland you need to search for qualifications with the Scottish Qualifications Authority. You will need to choose the type of qualification you are looking for and then search for qualifications available in Horticulture

You may also wish to find out about apprenticeships available in Horticulture and further information can be found on the National Apprenticeship Service website http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/ for England.

If you are living in Wales follow this link to the Welsh Government website for more information about apprenticeships http://wales.gov.uk/topics/educationandskills/skillsandtraining/apprenticeships/?lang=en

If you are living in Northern Ireland this is the link to Department for Education and Learning for more information on apprenticeships http://www.delni.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsni

If you are living Scotland following this link for more information on modern apprenticeship available http://www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/our-services/modern-apprenticeships/

Getting In: 

There are opportunities for Landscape Supervisors throughout the UK. The majority are employed by landscape contractors and local authority parks departments. There are a few opportunities with heritage organisations like the National Trust or English Heritage, botanical gardens, private and public companies and large estates.

With the increase in more people becoming interested in the appearance of their gardens there has been an increasing in the number of Senior Landscapers going self employed and specialise specifically in garden design.

Vacancies are advertised in local newspapers, Jobcentre Plus offices, recruitment agencies, specialist publications such as Horticulture Week, Professional Landscaper, Groundsman, and on the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI and the Association of Professional Landscaper (APL).

Getting On: 

Qualifications such as a HNC/HND in Horticulture may be useful for Landscape Supervisors who want to progress to landscape management roles.

With appropriate qualifications it may also be possible to move into training or teaching. Senior Landscapers can also become self-employed.

A to Z: 

Landscape Manager

Also known as: 

Landscape Architect.

Job Description: 

Landscape Managers specialise in planning, designing, supervising and managing projects relating to the green space environment.

They make sure that developments are suitable and advise others on the long-term care of the landscape.

Their work can be found everywhere from inner-city squares to shopping centres, parks, coastlines and countryside. Whether they are transforming a derelict industrial area or designing a landscape to complement a heritage site, Landscape Managers aim to produce pleasant places to live, work and relax that are environmentally friendly and sustainable.

There is a huge demand for well-designed green space areas and Landscape Managers are key players in tackling climate change, developing sustainable communities and regenerating towns and cities across the country.

They work on a wide range of landscapes, including:

  • Nature conservation areas and wildlife parks
  • Historic gardens
  • Woodlands (including those used for recreation)
  • Motorway verges
  • Public parks
  • Housing estates.

Landscape Managers rarely carry out practical work but they do use their knowledge of plants and the environment to advise on the long-term, sustainable care and development of the landscape.

Tasks vary from job to job but may include:

  • Talking to, and negotiating with the client about the project
  • Surveying the site and investigating its natural resources, geology and features as well as the wildlife and plants in the area
  • Deciding on appropriate sites for features such as footpaths, seating, litter bins, picnic areas and play areas
  • Devising maintenance and management plans to make sure essential jobs, such as clearing vegetation from footpaths, are carried out on a regular basis
  • Consulting people who live and work in the area about the proposed development
  • Overseeing the work of employees and contractors
  • Financial planning and budget management
  • Keeping up to date with relevant legal issues
  • Assessing the impact of any proposed change of land use
  • Advising on planning applications and public enquiries (for example giving an opinion on the environmental impact of a new road)
  • Meeting landowners to discuss plans for land with shared borders
  • Promoting the use of open spaces to the public
  • Applying for grants and other funding
  • Writing reports and giving presentations
  • Estimating the costs of constructing the landscape and maintaining it once it is complete
  • Once work is underway, visiting the site to make sure the designs are being followed and work is running smoothly.

Some Landscape Managers work alone, others as part of a team. They work closely with other professionals including architects, civil engineers, town planners, heritage and conservation officers, artists, ecologists, construction site supervisors and surveyors.

Working Conditions: 

Landscape Managers working in the public sector usually work a standard full time week, Monday to Friday. This may include evening meetings and additional hours may be required to meet deadlines. Those working in private practice may work longer, more irregular hours. Part-time or flexitime work may be available.

Landscape Managers are usually based in an office and may spend a lot of time attending meetings. Some jobs involve travelling to sites and working outdoors in all weather conditions. Walking, often over rough ground, and some climbing may be required.

It may be necessary to spend periods of time away from home. A driving licence may be useful.

Salary & Other Benefits: 

These figures are only a guide, as actual rates of pay may vary depending on the employer and where people live.

  • The starting salary for a Landscape Manager in the public sector may be around £20,000
  • With more experience this could rise to between £24,000 and £30,000 a year
  • A successful, experienced Landscape Manager may earn around £38,500 a year.

Salaries in private practice may be higher.

Skills: 
  • Allocate and monitor the progress and quality of work in your area of responsibility
  • Deliver a presentation
  • Plan, run and evaluate projects
  • Recruit, select and keep colleagues
  • Build and maintain effective customer relations
  • Co-ordinate the management of planted areas
  • Estimate resource requirements and programme work for landscaping
  • Manage a budget for your area/s of responsibility.
Personal Qualities: 
  • Flexibility
  • Mobility.
Qualifications and training: 

There are a variety of qualifications and training opportunities that can help you:

  • Learn more about your chosen area
  • find employment
  • improve your current skills
  • gain promotion
  • enhance job satisfaction

This a link to the Register of Regulated Qualification held by Ofqual and has been set up to search for a range qualifications in Horticulture Qualifications.  As this search includes all qualifications at different levels and different kinds, you may need to seek further assistance with your tutor or a local college as to the best ones to suit your needs. The qualifications listed on this website are suited if you are resident in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

For those of you living in Scotland you need to search for qualifications with the Scottish Qualifications Authority. You will need to choose the type of qualification you are looking for and then search for qualifications available in Horticulture

You may also wish to find out about apprenticeships available in Horticulture and further information can be found on the National Apprenticeship Service website http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/ for England.

If you are living in Wales follow this link to the Welsh Government website for more information about apprenticeships http://wales.gov.uk/topics/educationandskills/skillsandtraining/apprenticeships/?lang=en

If you are living in Northern Ireland this is the link to Department for Education and Learning for more information on apprenticeships http://www.delni.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsni

If you are living Scotland following this link for more information on modern apprenticeship available http://www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/our-services/modern-apprenticeships/

Getting In: 

Landscape Managers are employed by a number of organisations, including local and national government, and charitable organisations such as the National Trust and Natural England. Some work for companies involved in building, civil engineering, mining, power supply and land reclamation.

Landscape Managers may also work in private landscape practices. There are opportunities throughout the UK.

Vacancies are advertised in the local and national press, on the websites of the Landscape Institute (LI), the Landscape Design Trust and the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI), and in specialist sector publications. Local government jobs are advertised in jobs bulletins, on the websites of individual local authorities, and at LG Jobs.

The requirements for getting into a landscape management role may vary.

There are no specific qualifications required for this role but competition is fierce and many have a degree or HNC/HND in a subject, such as environmental science, biology, surveying, geography, ecology or countryside/environmental management.

Candidates may also benefit from experience gained through voluntary or temporary work. It may be possible to start in a more practical role (for example, as a Landscape Assistant) and, after training and experience, apply for jobs in landscape management.

Some Landscape Managers have an undergraduate, degree or postgraduate qualification accredited by the Landscape Institute. Its website has a list of accredited courses offered by universities and colleges throughout the UK.

Getting On: 

Landscape Managers looking to progress may choose to set up their own business or move into positions where they are in charge of large property estates.

A to Z: 

Horticultural Production Manager

Also known as: 

Fruit and Vegetable Farm Manager; Packhouse Manager; Quality Assurance Manager; Nursery Manager; Plant Nursery Manager.

Job Description: 

Ornamental production of plants can include production for your local park to the shelves of the big garden centre chains, the trees, shrubs and flowers we all enjoy are grown at ornamental plant nurseries (an ornamental plant is one that looks good, but you can’t eat!).

Fruit and vegetable production; think of a greengrocer shop or supermarket aisle filled with British fruit and veg: you’d see apples, pears, plums, cherries, raspberries, strawberries, blackcurrants, carrots, potatoes, broccoli, salads, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, mushrooms, watercress… They’re all grown by fruit and vegetable nurseries/farms in the UK.

The technology involved in growing ornamental and edible plants, plus the job opportunities from management to marketing make working on an ornamental or fruit or veg nursery a rewarding career. 

Both areas of production may include either field production or protected production in glasshouses or plastic tunnels.

Horticultural Production Managers tend to raise crops, plan strategies for maximum yield and sustainability, organise farm/nursery administration, work machinery, organise associated businesses and manage staff.

They need to have technical and practical competence coupled with the ability to make sound business decisions.

Working Conditions: 

Most Horticultural Production Managers' are contracted to work 39 hours a week. However, in practice, many managers work longer hours. The nature of this job means that horticultural production managers may be on call day and night, seven days a week.

There are often no set hours and certain times of the year are particularly busy. Early morning starts are typical. The hours worked, are influenced by the particular season such as harvest time. Days worked during these seasons can be typically long.

Practical work on the farm/nursery is usually outdoors, in all weather conditions. Horticultural Production Managers also spend time in an office dealing with paperwork.

On a smaller site the manager will get involved in many of the production tasks, while on a larger site the manager is likely to spend most of their time in an office.

Salary & Other Benefits: 

These figures are only a guide, as actual rates of pay may vary, depending on the employer and where people live:

  • Starting salaries for Horticultural Production Managers are at least £20,000 a year
  • With experience, Horticultural Production Managers may earn between £26,000 and £30,000
  • The manager of a large site with over ten years' experience may earn over £50,000 a year.
Skills: 
  • Be able to prepare contract specifications and monitor and maintain agreed contracts
  • Be able to manage budgets for your area/s of responsibility
  • Manage the quality assurance system
  • Produce plants for your area/s of responsibility
  • Recruit staff
  • Manage your area(s) of responsibility.
Personal Qualities: 
  • Interpersonal skills  
  • Work on your own
  • Time management
  • Self-motivated
  • Flexible working
  • Mobility.
Qualifications and training: 

There are a variety of qualifications and training opportunities that can help you:

  • Learn more about your chosen area
  • find employment
  • improve your current skills
  • gain promotion
  • enhance job satisfaction

This a link to the Register of Regulated Qualification held by Ofqual and has been set up to search for a range qualifications in Production Horticulture Qualifications.  As this search includes all qualifications at different levels and different kinds, you may need to seek further assistance with your tutor or a local college as to the best ones to suit your needs. The qualifications listed on this website are suited if you are resident in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

For those of you living in Scotland you need to search for qualifications with the Scottish Qualifications Authority. You will need to choose the type of qualification you are looking for and then search for qualifications available in Production Horticulture

You may also wish to find out about apprenticeships available in Production Horticulture and further information can be found on the National Apprenticeship Service website http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/ for England.

If you are living in Wales follow this link to the Welsh Government website for more information about apprenticeships http://wales.gov.uk/topics/educationandskills/skillsandtraining/apprenticeships/?lang=en

If you are living in Northern Ireland this is the link to Department for Education and Learning for more information on apprenticeships http://www.delni.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsni

If you are living Scotland following this link for more information on modern apprenticeship available http://www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/our-services/modern-apprenticeships/

Getting In: 

Many Horticultural Production Managers start by working at a nursery and develop their career through apprenticeships, combining on-the-job training and practical experience with day-release at a college, as well as developing specialist skills and in most cases people management and customer service skills.

Getting On: 

From large glasshouses growing tomatoes, other salad crops or ornamental plants, to very large sites specialising in field-grown vegetables, fruit growing or shrub growing, there are a range of opportunities to progress within this industry.

From managing multiple sites, regional management, or even working as consultants or civil servants making policy with Government departments such as the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

There is also a range of jobs outside the immediate area of growing. Supermarkets require field officers to manage the need for a daily supply of fresh produce.

There are also the suppliers, who provide everything from packaging to spray chemicals, who need specialist advisers and research workers to develop new products.

Further Information: 

You can also find additional information from the following organisations and publications:

Industry Information

Publications, Magazines and Journals (Some may be priced):

  • Ranger Magazine
  • Countryside Magazine

Jobs

 Horticulture jobs

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Property Manager

Also known as: 

Reserve Manager; Country Park Manager; Estate Manager.

Job Description: 

Property Managers balance the demands of access, conservation and financial management for large areas of natural and cultural heritage.

A Property Manager has overall operational responsibility for a property and its contact with the general public. They ensure that the property is managed in a financially responsible way, and that high standards of conservation are achieved.

Working Conditions: 

Property Managers normally work full-time.

Early starts, weekend work, late evenings and working public holidays may be required.

Salary & Other Benefits: 

Salary will vary dependant on the employer and where people live. 

  • Salary can range from £23,000 – £26,000.

Use of a company vehicle may be available for some positions.

Skills: 
  • Consult and work with the local community
  • Produce site management plans
  • Identify problems with land use and develop recommendations to improve land use
  • Initiate enforcement procedures to protect the environment
  • Manage and deal with actual or potential breaches of the law or security
  • Lead the work of volunteers
  • Negotiate and secure sources of funding
  • Produce a business plan
  • Research and plan interpretations of landscapes, seascapes and habitats
  • Manage projects
  • Plan and conduct field surveys.
Personal Qualities: 
  • Work in a team/with others
  • Work on your own
  • Ability to communicate with people at different levels (employees to company executives)
  • Flexibility.
Qualifications and training: 

There are a variety of qualifications and training opportunities that can help you:

  • Learn more about your chosen area
  • find employment
  • improve your current skills
  • gain promotion
  • enhance job satisfaction

This a link to the Register of Regulated Qualification held by Ofqual and has been set up to search for a range qualifications in Environmental Conservation Qualifications.  As this search includes all qualifications at different levels and different kinds, you may need to seek further assistance with your tutor or a local college as to the best ones to suit your needs. The qualifications listed on this website are suited if you are resident in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

For those of you living in Scotland you need to search for qualifications with the Scottish Qualifications Authority. You will need to choose the type of qualification you are looking for and then search for qualifications available in Environmental Conservation

You may also wish to find out about apprenticeships available in Environmental Conservation and further information can be found on the National Apprenticeship Service website http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/ for England.

If you are living in Wales follow this link to the Welsh Government website for more information about apprenticeships http://wales.gov.uk/topics/educationandskills/skillsandtraining/apprenticeships/?lang=en

If you are living in Northern Ireland this is the link to Department for Education and Learning for more information on apprenticeships http://www.delni.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsni

If you are living Scotland following this link for more information on modern apprenticeship available http://www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/our-services/modern-apprenticeships/

Getting In: 

Employment and volunteering opportunities can be found in the following places:

Websites

* The Countryside Jobs Service can be viewed on-line, however it is recommended that you use the subscription service for a full list of employment opportunities.

Magazines and Journals

  • Environment Post
  • The Guardian (Wednesday).
Getting On: 

With experience and/or relevant qualifications it is possible to progress to manage larger estates or one with greater environmental, cultural or historic importance. The career structure will vary depending on the size of the organisation. Any progression is likely to involve moving to different parts of the country.

Further Information: 

More specialist advice, for example in relation to training, may be required for Senior Environmental Management roles and is available from:

Publications, Magazines and Journals:

Environmental Careers Handbook - Institute of Environmental Sciences (available from The Trotman Group, 2 The Green, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1P11 Tel: 0870 900 2665 e-mail: mail@trotman.co.uk)

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Plant Pathologist

Also known as: 

Plant/Crop Researcher.

Job Description: 

A plant pathologist is someone who's interested in understanding the organisms and agents that cause plant diseases and how diseases affect plant health.

There are a massive range of plant pathology careers. Most plant pathologists work in university departments, commercial companies or do government funded research.

Some of the things a plant pathologist could do:

  • Diagnose and deal authoritatively with verbal and written enquiries on plant disease
  • Undertake relevant investigative research projects, publish the results in the appropriate journals and communicate the results to gardeners
  • Assist in the preparation of proposals for research projects
  • Liaise with relevant organisations and attend conferences, meetings etc. to promote and develop horticultural plant pathology, communicate research results and develop opportunities for collaboration
  • Assist in the preparation and presentation of lectures, examination materials and demonstrations on plant diseases.

Some of the things you may need:

  • A degree in a relevant biological subject, plus a higher degree or alternative relevant qualification in plant pathology or microbiology
  • Knowledge of horticulture and garden plants and their diseases
  • Research experience
  • Experience of advisory work with the public, including public speaking or lecturing
  • Experience in a plant clinic or in practical horticulture or agriculture.

Pathologists are mainly employed as researchers or consultants who work in a variety of fields aimed at tackling crop or garden pests and the insects and diseases that spread plant, human and animal diseases. Pathologists are also concerned with the conservation of our native flora & fauna and their habitats.

Most pathologists are employed by various public organisations, such as the research institutes, museums, universities and national and local government departments concerned with agriculture, horticulture, health, conservation and environmental protection.

In the private sector they are employed by agricultural estates, pest control contractors and companies that develop and manufacture biological and chemical insecticides, and by environmental consultants, County Wildlife Trusts and other environmental charities.

Working Conditions: 

Working hours will vary according to the exact nature of the job.

Plant Pathologists working in research and higher education usually work a standard full time week, Monday to Friday. Additional hours may be required at busy times. Those working in conservation may be required to host open days for the public or work with volunteers at weekends and bank holidays. They may also have to go to evening meetings.

Plant Pathologists can work all over the world and may have to cope with difficult climates. Fieldwork can be physically demanding.

A driving licence is often required to travel between different places of work.

Salary & Other Benefits: 

These figures are only a guide, as actual rates of pay may vary, depending on the employer and where people live.

  • Starting salaries can be around £22,500 - £33,500
  • Senior positions around £34,500 - £37,500.

Salaries for people working in private industry will vary considerably.

Skills: 
  • Able to keep accurate records of research
  • Good communication skills to convey technical information to people with little or no scientific knowledge
  • Leadership skills
  • Research skills, the ability to analyse, interpret and report on data
  • Thorough knowledge of science, particularly biology and chemistry
  • Problem-solving ability.
Personal Qualities: 
  • Interest in science and plants
  • Interest in a particular sector where botany is important, such as conservation, teaching, research, food or pharmaceuticals
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Methodical approach
  • Patience, perseverance and good concentration
  • Work well in a team and on his or her own initiative.
Qualifications and training: 

There are a variety of qualifications and training opportunities that can help you:

  • Learn more about your chosen area
  • find employment
  • improve your current skills
  • gain promotion
  • enhance job satisfaction

This a link to the Register of Regulated Qualification held by Ofqual and has been set up to search for a range qualifications in Horticulture Qualifications.  As this search includes all qualifications at different levels and different kinds, you may need to seek further assistance with your tutor or a local college as to the best ones to suit your needs. The qualifications listed on this website are suited if you are resident in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

For those of you living in Scotland you need to search for qualifications with the Scottish Qualifications Authority. You will need to choose the type of qualification you are looking for and then search for qualifications available in Horticulture

You may also wish to find out about apprenticeships available in Horticulture and further information can be found on the National Apprenticeship Service website http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/ for England.

If you are living in Wales follow this link to the Welsh Government website for more information about apprenticeships http://wales.gov.uk/topics/educationandskills/skillsandtraining/apprenticeships/?lang=en

If you are living in Northern Ireland this is the link to Department for Education and Learning for more information on apprenticeships http://www.delni.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsni

If you are living Scotland following this link for more information on modern apprenticeship available http://www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/our-services/modern-apprenticeships/

Getting In: 

For most Plant Pathologist jobs you will need a degree I a relevant subject as well as a higher degree, with some research experience.  Many jobs are offered on short-term contracts.

Employers include:

  • Universities
  • Private research organisations and institutes
  • Conservation organisations
  • Local authorities
  • Government agencies
  • Nature reserves and country parks
  • Botanical gardens and museums
  • Food and pharmaceutical companies.
Getting On: 

There is no established career structure for conservation and field research workers. Progression usually involves taking on more responsibility for projects and advising or managing others.

In universities, botanists may be promoted from researcher to lecturer, then to higher grades, such as senior lecturer, principal lecturer, reader, professor or head of department.

There may be an established career structure in industries, with experienced plant pathologist being promoted to more senior positions.

Further Information: 

You can also find additional information from the following organisations and publications:

Industry Information

Jobs

A to Z: 

Pig Technician

Job Description: 

A Pig Technician will have skills in carrying out specialist services on the pig farm.

These may include applying treatments and vaccinations, detecting and identifying pigs on heat, artificial insemination of sows and gilts (female pigs) or putting female pigs to the boar, and pregnancy diagnosis through scanning.

Working Conditions: 

A Pig Technician generally would work as least 39 hours per week but it may be necessary to work overtime during busy periods.

The working conditions will depend on the farm. Some pigs are kept indoors all year, whereas other farms with drier land and soil keep their pigs outdoors in fields.

Some Farmers may do a mixture of both production systems depending on their soil conditions, farm location, and the breed and ages of pigs they keep.

Salary & Other Benefits: 

These figures are only a guide, as actual rates of pay may vary depending on the employer and the employee’s skills and experience.

  • Experienced Pig Technicians may earn around £16,000 - £20,000 a year.

Pig Technicians may be given free or low-rent accommodation, or a lodging allowance. Overtime may also be available.

Skills: 
  • Deliver basic treatment to livestock
  • Enable livestock to initiate pregnancy
  • Manage livestock during gestation
  • Control and restrain animals
  • Move animals
  • Deliver artificial insemination to livestock
  • Advise on which sires to use.
Personal Qualities: 
  • Use own initiative
  • Safety awareness
  • Work in a team/with others
  • Work on your own
  • Flexibility
  • Mobility.
Qualifications and training: 

There are a variety of qualifications and training opportunities that can help you:

  • Learn more about your chosen area
  • find employment
  • improve your current skills
  • gain promotion
  • enhance job satisfaction

This a link to the Register of Regulated Qualification held by Ofqual and has been set up to search for a range qualifications in Agriculture Qualifications.  As this search includes all qualifications at different levels and different kinds, you may need to seek further assistance with your tutor or a local college as to the best ones to suit your needs. The qualifications listed on this website are suited if you are resident in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

For those of you living in Scotland you need to search for qualifications with the Scottish Qualifications Authority. You will need to choose the type of qualification you are looking for and then search for qualifications available in Agriculture

You may also wish to find out about apprenticeships available in Agriculture and further information can be found on the National Apprenticeship Service website http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/ for England.

If you are living in Wales follow this link to the Welsh Government website for more information about apprenticeships http://wales.gov.uk/topics/educationandskills/skillsandtraining/apprenticeships/?lang=en

If you are living in Northern Ireland this is the link to Department for Education and Learning for more information on apprenticeships http://www.delni.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsni

If you are living Scotland following this link for more information on modern apprenticeship available http://www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/our-services/modern-apprenticeships/

Getting In: 

It is important to enjoy working with pigs. Pig Technicians do not need any particular qualifications to enter the job and are likely to have been in the role of Basic Stockperson, Stockperson or Trainee and progressed to the role of Pig Technician.

It may be possible to enter this career through an appropriate Apprenticeship scheme.

Agricultural colleges run a range of relevant full-time courses that can be taken prior to starting work or whilst working.

The size of a farm has a direct relation to the number of specific roles and opportunities for employees to progress. There is competition for these vacancies, and movement from farm to farm to gain experience and promotion is usual.

Getting On: 

With the right qualifications and further experience, a Pig Technician can gain promotion to a Stockman, Section Head or Assistant (Unit) Manager. All agricultural workers need to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in their sector.

Increasingly, employees in agriculture participate in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses to enable them to enhance their skills, knowledge and careers. PIPR (Pig Industry Professional Register) aims to encourage people to better themselves and progress within the pig industry through Continued Professional Development (CPD). CPD Points are available in a variety of areas including:

  • Training Courses
  • Technical Meeting
  • Meetings with Vet/Consultants
  • Conferences
  • Trade Shows
  • Subscribing to industry journals, e.g. Pig World.

For those wishing to progress into farm management, a degree course in subjects such as agriculture or farm management may also be an option.

There may also be opportunities to work abroad.

Further Information: 

Further information can be found in the following websites and publications:

Industry information

Publications, Magazines and Journals (some may be priced):

  • A Life on the Land
  • Scientific Farm Animal Production – Pearson Education
  • Farmers weekly
  • Farmers Guardian
A to Z: 
Industry: 

Pet Shop Manager

Also known as: 

Pet shop retail manager.

Job Description: 

Pet Shop Manager work in retail outlets caring for live animals and selling them as pets and companion animals. The Pet Shop Manager will have responsibility for the running of the business as well as supervising and managing others.

The most common pets on sale are fish (many outlets specialise only in fish) followed by small animals such as mice, rats, guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils and sometimes birds. A few stores offer more exotic pets such as snakes, lizards, large spiders and insects. Although cats and dogs are the most common household pets.

Pet stores also sell cages, aquaria, treatments, equipment, treats and accessories, as well as pet food. Some shops sell live food, such as locusts.

The work of a Pet Shop Manager may include:

  • Dealing with a range of customer enquiries about animal care, welfare and pet selection
  • Serving customers and taking payment for goods
  • Recruiting and selecting staff
  • Managing budgets.
Working Conditions: 

Full-time Pet Shop Managers usually work around 40 hours a week, sometimes including weekends and evenings.

 

They work in shops and other retail outlets. The work is mostly indoors, although coldwater fish, for example, can be kept outdoors. When working with a fish tank the hands and arms may be submerged in water for long periods. A protective apron or overall is often worn. A uniform is sometimes provided.

 

Pet Shop Managers spend a lot of time on their feet. The work may involve some heavy lifting and climbing up on stepladders.

The job could be unsuitable for those allergic to fur or feathers.

Salary & Other Benefits: 

These figures are only a guide, as actual rates of pay may vary depending on the employer and where people live.

The starting salary for a Pet Shop Manager may be around £24,500 - £30,000 a year.

Skills: 
  • Handle payments from clients
  • Assist in the sale of medicines and treatments for animals
  • Manage the maintenance of animal accommodation
  • Promote and maintain the health and well-being of animals
  • Price products and services
  • Interview and select candidates
  • Improve sales and marketing
  • Enhance performance through development of self, individuals and teams
  • Plan, supervise and control the movement of animals
  • Communicate information to customers
  • Maintaining stock levels.
Personal Qualities: 
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to use initiative
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Attention to detail
  • Good organisation skills.
Qualifications and training: 

There are a variety of qualifications and training opportunities that can help you:

  • Learn more about your chosen area
  • find employment
  • improve your current skills
  • gain promotion
  • enhance job satisfaction

This a link to the Register of Regulated Qualification held by Ofqual and has been set up to search for a range qualifications in Animal Care Qualifications.  As this search includes all qualifications at different levels and different kinds, you may need to seek further assistance with your tutor or a local college as to the best ones to suit your needs. The qualifications listed on this website are suited if you are resident in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

For those of you living in Scotland you need to search for qualifications with the Scottish Qualifications Authority. You will need to choose the type of qualification you are looking for and then search for qualifications available in Animal Care

You may also wish to find out about apprenticeships available in Animal Care and further information can be found on the National Apprenticeship Service website http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/ for England.

If you are living in Wales follow this link to the Welsh Government website for more information about apprenticeships http://wales.gov.uk/topics/educationandskills/skillsandtraining/apprenticeships/?lang=en

If you are living in Northern Ireland this is the link to Department for Education and Learning for more information on apprenticeships http://www.delni.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsni

If you are living Scotland following this link for more information on modern apprenticeship available http://www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/our-services/modern-apprenticeships/

Getting In: 

Experience of working in a retail environment and with a wide range of animals will be useful. 

Most Pel Shop Managers will need to have qualifications to a minimum of level 3 although some may have progressed through the business gaining relevant training and qualifications.

There are apprenticeships available which will also provide a route into the career of a Pet Sop Manager.

Getting On: 

Pet Shop Managers may progress onto business owners or Retail Store Mangers where there are opportunities in large retail outlets.

Further Information: 

You can find additional information from the following organisations and publications:

Industry information

Publications, magazines and journals (some may be priced):

  • Pet Business World
  • Animal Life
  • Animal Action
  • Dogs Monthly
  • Fur and Feather
  • Cage And Aviary Birds Magazine
  • Koi Magazine
  • Parrots Magazine
  • Careers Working with Animals - Kogan Page
  • Grooming Manual for the Dog and Cat - Blackwell
  • Understanding Animal Welfare - Wiley Blackwell
  • So you want to work: with animals - Trotman
  • Real Life Guides: Working with animals and wildlife - Trotman
  • Practical Fish Keeping
  • Dog World
  • Dog Today
A to Z: 
Industry: 

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