A horticulture assistant is responsible for assisting the horticulturist, often without supervision, with cultivating, growing, harvesting and maintaining gardens, plants, and trees. Job responsibilities of a horticulture assistant include preparing soil, plots of growing land, and garden sites, moving supplies and equipment, spraying pesticides and pest control products when necessary, helping with the planting process, watering, fertilizing, and helping with general maintenance such as mowing the lawn, adjusting the irrigation systems, placement of plants and the ventilation of the greenhouse or garden, and preparing plants for sale.
A bachelor's degree in a related field is required to be a horticulture assistant. Helpful job skills include knowledge of the industry, self-motivation, attention to detail, good problem-solving skills, good critical thinking ability, good communication skills, and active listening. The future job market outlook for a horticulture assistant is fair.