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Garden and Nursery Labourer

Maintain gardens and cultivate plants in gardens and nurseries.


Garden and nursery labourers work alongside gardeners and landscape designers to plant, propagate and cultivate plants in gardens and horticultural nurseries. They fertilise, water and prune flowering plants, shrubs and trees and mow lawns.

Garden and nursery labourers undertake their work in public and private gardens, parks and horticultural nurseries.

Suitable for people with a preference for working on the land or with nature, and an interest in plant species and their care.


  • load, unload and move garden supplies and equipment
  • maintain gardens by watering, weeding and mowing lawns
  • prepare garden sites and plots using hand tools and machines
  • clean garden areas and remove rubbish
  • assist with propagation, planting and potting seeds, bulbs and cuttings
  • tend to plants by hand watering and weeding
  • adjust mist irrigation systems, shade and ventilation
  • harvest and package plants for sale and transport.


  • physically demanding
  • working outdoors.

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$1,084 / week
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