Typical Roles at a Greenhouse Business

The main employees in a greenhouse are the growers, who make sure that products are growing properly. Your greenhouse will also need a manager to oversee the growers.

Manager

This is the first role you’ll need to think about when building your team. In many cases, the business owner can act as his/her own general manager.

Typical Salary: $35,000 per year

What Does This Role Entail?

  • Hiring and scheduling employees
  • Keeping track of inventory
  • Adhering to health and safety standards
  • Ensuring customer satisfaction

Who to Look For:

  • Botany, horticulture, or other relevant degree preferred
  • Experience in industry necessary
  • Able to work long hours during growing season

Grower

Growers take care of everyday responsibilities for maintaining greenhouse products.

Typical Salary: $10-$15 per hour

What Does This Role Entail?

  • Watering plants
  • Gardening
  • Inventory
  • Identifying and treating pest issues

Who to Look For:

  • No specific education level necessary
  • Gardening experience preferred

Greenhouse Business Hiring Tips

Hiring employees can seem like a nerve-wracking process, but it doesn't have to be. We break the process down into four basic steps: (1) Planning; (2) Recruiting; (3) Interviewing; and (4) Completing the Hire. Here are some tips for each phase of the process

Plan to Staff Your Business

Early on in this business, the owner could serve as manager and grower. However, once the greenhouse contains more plants than you can manage on a daily basis by yourself, you will need to hire more growers. Look for employees who care about the environment and enjoy working with plants.

Develop a Recruiting Strategy

Advertise in the community by putting up flyers at shops frequented by nature lovers. This way, you can attract employees with gardening or other relevant experience, and they can be easily trained to work in the greenhouse.

Interview with Confidence

If you take your time during the planning and recruiting phases of the process, you will likely end up with many qualified candidates.

Nonetheless, it is natural for a new business owner to be a bit anxious the first time hiring employees. Don’t forget that the interview is just a chance to get to know an applicant and to give them an opportunity to learn more about the role and the business. Also, it might help to remember that they are probably even more nervous than you are!

Throughout the interview process, it may help to keep in mind that most greenhouses look for employees who are:

  • Familiar with different species of plants
  • Experience growing plants
  • Trustworthy
  • Punctual

Here are some sample interview questions that will help you learn more about the character of your interviewees:

  • What plants do you have experience growing?
  • What is in your own garden?
  • Can you work long hours during the growing season?
  • Do you enjoy working in a team?

Be Familiar with Hiring Laws

After selecting a job candidate, there are certain steps you will need to follow to complete the hiring process. Check out our Hiring Compliance Checklist for a step-by-step guide to the legal aspects of hiring employees.

One of the most important steps is to classify your new hire as an employee or an independent contractor. Become familiar with IRS guidelines on this matter, as there are serious consequences for misclassifying an employee as an independent contractor.

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For more details, please refer to our guide on the topic, Contractors vs. Employees: What You Need to Know. We also provide templates for the essential hiring forms you will need.

Set Up Payroll

Once you have a growing team of employees, it's time to set up your payroll. Using a payroll service provider saves you time for running your business, and also helps ensure that you comply with important federal requirements such as employee tax withholding.

To help our readers save money and grow their business, we negotiated a 20% discount for you with payroll provider ADP, the most popular small business provider in the country.

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