Location - If you work in a plant nursery, you will typically be working outdoors, therefore, you will need to like working in the sun. If you work in a greenhouse, you may not be exposed to direct sunlight, but you will still be working in an area that is hot and humid.
Noise Level - The noise level will be fairly quiet as there typically won’t be a lot of people around.
Lighting Level - You will usually be exposed to natural lighting (e.g., sunlight).
Work Hours - This job may have short working shifts. Most nurseries are open from morning to evening, and will have varied hours depending on the type of workplace in which you are employed. You will have to let your employer know what types of shifts you can work (e.g., mornings, afternoons, evenings).
Amount of Movement - This job typically requires that you stand for long periods of time and may involve heavy manual labor. You will need to be able to stand, sit, walk, bend, reach, lift, push, pull, and carry items for this job. For example, you may need to lift a large potted plant into a wheelbarrow and pull the wheelbarrow to a designated area to remove the plant.
Cleanliness and Odors - This job setting can get messy as you will be working with plants, flowers, shrubs, water, soil, and dirt. In addition, if you are required to spray pesticides onto greenery, you will need to make sure you can tolerate the smell of pesticides.
Work Attire - Work attire will typically be casual clothing as you will most likely get dirt on your clothes. Some employers may give you a t-shirt/hat with a company logo on it or overalls to wear at work.
Structure and Predictability - This job will typically have a higher degree of structure and predictability. This means that you will usually complete the same tasks each day and you may be able to complete these tasks in the same order each day (e.g., watering plants, removing dead leaves). You will probably know how long each task should take you to complete. You will probably work in the same areas each day, and you will probably interact with the same people each day.
What's the Pace?
- Steady: In most cases, the work pace will be steady, which means that you will always have some work to do. When the work pace is steady, you are working at a level “5” on a scale of “1” (nothing to do) to “10” (extremely busy, rushed pace).