Greenhouse Manager

Oversee plant production, personnel, and paperwork at a greenhouse.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$29,000 – $107,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Greenhouse Managers do?

A greenhouse helps propagate plants that would otherwise not thrive in a particular area. Trying to grow onions or green peppers somewhere with cool, short summers won’t work, but if you start them in a greenhouse, you’ll get results. A Greenhouse Manager typically works for larger nurseries, which plant, grow, replant harvested seeds or plant divisions, and nurture plants to maturity.

The greenhouse traps sunlight and heat from the outside, and multiplies it to create a warm, moist environment for plants to grow. Once the weather reaches the appropriate temperature outdoors, the plants can be moved into natural sunlight. The Greenhouse Manager’s job is to make sure that happens. As the Greenhouse Manager, you plant seeds, monitor their progress, trim shrubs and trees, pinch back herbs and flowering plants, and keep track of every step in the process.

You know a lot about plants, so naturally you are the one everyone comes to for answers. Other employees ask questions and customers present you with challenges. What plant would thrive with minimal sunlight? How many buds can I expect from that rose bush? Which herbs are annuals and which are perennials?

In addition to monitoring the progress of the plants and offering customer service, you also maintain the greenhouse. This requires fixing leaks, replacing or repairing irrigation systems, and cleaning. You are also in charge of a range of administrative duties including ordering supplies, invoices, payroll, deliveries, and managing staff.

Should I be a Greenhouse Manager?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Leader: You're good at taking charge, giving directions, and inspiring other people.

  • Also known as: Greenhouse Florist, Perennial House Manager

    How to become a Greenhouse Manager

    Greenhouse Managers often have a Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:flh9aa&chl=no+college+%284%25%29|certificate+%2827%25%29|associate%27s+%2824%25%29|bachelor%27s+%2845%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,4,45
    Schools close to

    You May Also Like

    Careers Similar to Greenhouse Manager