How to become a Horticultural Assistant

Horticultural assistants undertake a range of tasks involving the cultivation, growing, harvesting and maintenance of trees, plants and gardens.

Personal requirements of a Horticultural Assistant

  • Able to undertake manual and sometimes heavy work
  • Observant and methodical
  • Good communication skills
  • Enjoy outdoor work
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Enjoy working in teams

Education & Training for a Horticultural Assistant

You can work as a horticultural assistant without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. You may like to consider a VET qualification. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a horticultural assistant through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For further details, visit

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

slight growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1%

NSW 31.7%

NT 1.1%

QLD 21.5%

SA 6.2%

TAS 2.1%

VIC 23.3%

WA 12.9%

Hours worked:



above average

Gender split:

Male 86.4%

Female 13.5%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 5.7%

Not completed Year 12: 41.1%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 13.2%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 34.3%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 5.7%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 0%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 35.5%

Above 35 years: 60.6%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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