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How do I become a Horticulturist?

Are you thinking about taking the next step in your career and like the outdoors, working independently and have strong interest in plants and the environment? If this sounds like you, an Australian Apprenticeship or Traineeship in Horticulture might be the perfect step for your career.

What is a Horticulturist?

Horticulturists primarily focus on food and crop cultivation, involving themselves in any range of crops including flowers, spices, vegetables and fruits. Horticulturists provide specialist advice on crop maximisation and harvesting techniques to assist farmers in crop production. 

Horticulturists work in a number of environments such as gardens, rainforests, urban areas and farms, they ensure that environmental implications are considered during the creation of garden areas. They consider factors such as soil quality and composition, rainfall, climate and exposure. Using scientific and experimental methods, they help control pests, increase yields and create beautiful landscaped spaces.

Is a career in Horticulture right for me?

Is a career in Horticulture right for me?

Before committing to an apprenticeship, it's important to do your research to find out if Horticulture is suited to you. As well as educational prerequisites, there a few personal qualities that will help you determine if the job is right for you:

- Strong interest in plants and the environment
- Knowledge of preservation initiatives
- Thorough knowledge of plant species
- Attention to detail in record-keeping
- Good physical health

How do I find a job as a Horticulturist?

If you are wondering how to start an apprenticeship, the first step is to find an employer who will have an open position for you. There are many different ways to find an apprenticeship, starting from job search sites online to door-knocking, or via Group Training Organisations. To get started, have a look at these job search sites and look for any open positions that may be advertised.

It is also advised to network with others in the industry and connect with employers. Watch Hayden share how he found an apprenitcehship position in this video. Watch him talk about his apprenticeship journey while studying a Certificate III in Horticulture. 

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What can I expect to be doing as a Horticulture trainee?

A Horticulture traineeship includes a range of on-the-job and off-the-job training. Over the course of the traineeship, you will learn about different aspects of the job. This will help you build the necessary skills and knowledge to operate independently in the future.

Through on-the-job and off-the-job training, you will learn to:

  • Identify types of plant species
  • Provide expert advice on plant selection
  • Test soil for quality and contaminants
  • Transport small and large plants
  • Implement irrigation systems
What are my career outcomes?

What are my career outcomes?

There are endless opportunities and career pathways once you complete your traineeship. As well as owning your own business, as a Horticulturist, you may go on to pursue the following career paths:

- Landscape Gardener
- Nursery Worker
- Greenskeeper