The Assistant Grower works alongside the Propagation Manager to successfully grow nursery stock (container and B&B) at Johnson’s Nursery. The ideal candidate is a Horticulture graduate or has 3-5 years of plant production experience with northern hardy or Wisconsin native plants. This role is vital to the health and management of new and existing crops at scale.

Position Details:

  • Full-time, year-round
  • 8-10 hours per day.
  • Overtime and weekends are expected from March through July.

Job Description:

  • Work with the Propagation manager day-to-day to accomplish tasks effectively and efficiently leading a small crew.
  • Duties include but are not limited to;
    • Propagation tasks such as seed collection, cutting preparation, and liner production
    • Plant care such as watering, staking, pruning, fertilizing, and pest management
    • Tracking and prioritizing daily activities
    • Irrigation monitoring
    • Potting – preparing new crops and crops for upshift
    • Inventory Management – keeping an accurate count and status on crops as they grow


  • Degree in Horticulture or similar degree, or equivalent industry experience (3-5 years in plant production)
  • Knowledge of woody and herbaceous landscape plants in southeastern Wisconsin
  • Knowledge of plant culture to produce northern hardy nursery plants
  • Experience operating farm equipment, machines, and tools
  • Physical and mental toughness required. We all work hard.
  • Good management skills to maintain an efficient work environment
  • Insurable driver’s license a must (through our provider)
  • Reliable transportation and willingness to travel between our properties
  • Bi-lingual a plus
  • Ability to continuously move and lift 50 or more pounds
  • Attention to detail in verbal and written communication
  • Positive, outgoing attitude with an internal drive to succeed
  • No remote work


$19.00-$22.00 per hour

Johnson’s Nursery, Inc. offers competitive compensation with the following perks after completion of probationary period for qualified employees:

  • 401k after completion of a probationary period, with discretionary company match
  • Paid vacation and holidays for qualified employees
  • Health and dental insurance for qualified employees
  • Flexible hours, depending on workload and projects
  • Plant material discounts, company logo apparel allowance
  • Room for professional development

If you’re interested in applying for this position, please continue on to the application and questionnaire.