Plant Nursery Production Assistant


Victorian Indigenous Nursery Co-operative (VINC)


Yarra Bend Park, Fairfield - Melbourne

Salary etc:

Nursery Award 2020 (MA000033) - Grade 3 (30% above award rates apply)



Position Type:

Permanent Part-time (3 days per week). Additional hours occasionally offered.

Who we are:

Victorian Indigenous Nurseries Co-operative (VINC) is a not-for-profit production/retail plant nursery. We produce indigenous flora in forestry tubes and Hiko cells for bushland revegetation. We grow more than 250 species from material collected within Melbourne’s northern plains, northeast foothills and the inner Yarra Valley. Annually, we supply 450,000 plants to local councils, environmental management agencies, community groups, schools, trade customers and the public.

About the role:

The Nursery Assistant primarily facilitates movement, maintenance and dispatch of genetically diverse, containerised plants within the nursery under the guidance of senior co-workers. They periodically work with volunteers. 

Main Duties:

  • Grade and consolidate young greenhouse plants
  • Transfer plants from greenhouses to outdoor growing areas
  • Attend to general stock maintenance in form of weeding, pruning, fertilizing and pest control
  • Pick plant orders specific to customer requirements, ensuring delivery of optimal plant health and appropriate provenance.
  • Monitor health of general nursery stock and report any deficiencies to senior staff
  • As required, regulate growing conditions (irrigation, ventilation, temperature) within greenhouses and outdoor spaces to maintain optimal plant health
  • Update computer and other records related to primary duties
  • Assist with monitoring and maintenance of planted and containerised seed orchard.
  • To be available to assist any trade customers with plant orders or selection
  • To carry out other nursery-related duties 

Key Skills, Experience and Requirements

  • Horticultural qualifications. Conservation & Land Management qualification an advantage
  • At least 1-year’s production nursery experience. Environmental field experience an advantage
  • Sound knowledge of plants indigenous to the nursery's collection/selling region, including their identification and growing habits/requirements.
  • A genuine passion for indigenous plants and the natural environment
  • Communicate effectively at all levels with customers, co-workers and volunteers
  • A high level of efficiency and observation skills
  • Skill with computers and related technology, including MS Office and accounting software.
  • Physical ability (should be able to lift and carry 15 kg weight).
  • First Aid training (level 2 equivalent preferred)
  • Current Victorian Drivers Licence (manual preferred)
  • All VINC employees must be double vaccinated for Covid-19 by 26th Nov, 2021 


VINC is a well-regarded and established plant nursery of indigenous plants within the environmental industry. You have a chance to be part of a not-for-profit enterprise whose driving purpose is to support local community with the enhancement and protection of our local natural environment and biodiversity.

We are a friendly, supportive workplace committed to safety, diversity and inclusion. We pay well above award rates and provide on-site first-aid training.

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