Nursery Manager


Coolum Community Native Nursery


Coolum, Queensland

Salary etc:

Permanent part-time to full-time, 3 to 5 days per week

The Coolum Community Native Nursery (CCNN) was developed to propagate and promote local plant species in order to help maintain functional ecosystems in the Coolum area. It is a community commercial enterprise supplying retail and wholesale plant orders for revegetation and landscaping to a diverse customer base. The Nursery is also a centre for community capacity building and involvement in the Coolum area. It provides horticultural and educational facilities for the broader community and is a source of material for research into propagation of coastal endemic species.  


The Coolum Community Native Nursery plays an important role in activities as a community nursery within the Coolum region, Sunshine Coast, Queensland. The CCNN is seeking an enthusiastic individual who is required to manage the nursery to ensure there is an ongoing commitment to the coordination of the nursery’s volunteer program and that the nursery remains a financially viable community nursery that reflects the vision statements of the CCNN.  


The Nursery Manager will: 

  • Provide recommendations to the Management Committee on strategic initiatives and significant issues. 
  • Develop and implement the annual business plan. 
  • Ensure that all activities comply with conditions of the Vision. 
  • Ensure that the nursery produces and maintains high quality stock in a cost effectivecost-effective manner by managing the day to day operations of the nursery including business transactions, propagation methodologies, plant hygiene and HR management. 
  • Manage the Nursery seedbank as per the CCNN Inc guidelines and maintain appropriate records.  Provide updates on seedbank contents and use as requested. 
  • Maintain records of all plant material handled by the nursery including destination and origin of stock.  Provenance of seed, where possible, is to be recorded against all propagation records.  Stocktakes of species and stocks thereof are to be conducted monthly. 
  • Ensure safe working practices and a safe working environment are maintained in accordance with Workplace Health and Safety legislation and associated requirements. 
  • Ensure that all equipment and other goods used and/or stored on site are maintained to a high standard. 
  • Promote plant sales to the general public and produce and distribute stock and price lists to a wide sector of the community. 
  • Monitor and report on the free allocation of stock for community projects. 
  • Provide instruction in plant propagation and growing techniques to volunteers involved in Nursery activities. 
  • Maintain reporting systems consistent with the requirements of the CCNN Inc for the assessment of Nursery performance and financial status.  Reports may include monthly account details, production and resale performance figures, CCNN Inc volunteer hours, and monthly activity reports for the CCNN Inc Management Committee. 
  • Manage CCNN Inc volunteers and staff . 
  • Contribute to the promotion of the CCNN Inc through coordinating the production and distribution of promotional material in relation to Nursery activities. 
  • Make contributions of written articles as requested by the Management Committee for inclusion in newsletters, websites and other appropriate publications. 
  • Handle and account for all nursery income, including banking and budgets. 
  • Other duties as requested within the scope of the position. 



  • Tertiary horticultural or nursery production qualifications or equivalent industry experience. 
  • Demonstrated experience in a production and/or retail nursery including management of day-to-day operations and propagation techniques. 
  • Proven financial management skills including handling money, budgeting and interpretation of financial reports. 
  • Proven human resource management skills, in particular working and training volunteers and working in a not-for-profit structure. 
  • Ability to show initiative and resourcefulness and the possession of leadership and management skills.  
  • A Senior First Aid Certificate or the willingness to acquire one prior to commencement 
  • Knowledge of the nursery industry in Queensland. 
  • An understanding of extension services, community development and volunteer programs 
  • A current ‘c’ class drivers licence and vehicle. 


  • Demonstrated understanding of administration procedures, quality assurance, environmental management systems and report writing. 
  • Understanding of coastal vegetation and catchment management issues on the Sunshine Coast region. 
  • Self motivation and enthusiasm in the undertaking of duties. 
  • Specific knowledge of Workplace Health and Safety legislation and industrial relations.  

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