If you love flowers, plants, the outdoors and being active, it doesn't get better than a career in horticulture or floristry.
New Zealand's moderate sub-tropical climate provides all kinds of opportunities in landscaping, floristry, arboriculture, glasshouses, orchards and parks. With the right skills and qualifications, these career paths can become yours.
Your options are exciting and wide-ranging when you choose a career in horticulture: from growing and producing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers for export, to nursery production, maintaining and caring for trees, parks and reserves. You can develop skills in landscape construction, landscape design, or learn the increasingly important science of beekeeping.
In floristry, you can start by making small arrangements, and progress to make large scale arrangements appropriate for a range of functions. You will also learn essential customer service and business skills.
$22-$35 per hour (with more than 5 years’ experience)
Crop Manager/Crop Farmer
$50K-$100K per year
$16-$30 per hour
$16-$20 per hour (with less than 3 years experience)
$20-$25 per hour (with more than 3 years experience)
$31K-$60K per year (groundskeepers)
$60K-$100K per year (highly experienced senior groundskeepers)
$16-$23 per hour (with 1-2 years’ experience)
$35-$40 per hour (with more than 2 years’ experience)
$16-$26 per hour
»Sourced from careers.govt.nz January 2018
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Your work experience or previous tertiary study may count towards achieving your qualification. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) at MIT is designed for those who already have the on-the-job skills and knowledge, but want to take their career to the next level with a qualification.
With RPL we can measure and match your existing skills against credits in our courses – creating a tailored path of study that will not only save you money, but also help you to complete your qualification faster.
We provide some of the most practically based horticultural training programmes in New Zealand, as part of our School of Primary and Creative Industries.
Our facilities include 1,800 square metres of greenhouse, where a wide range of nursery, cut flower and hydroponic crops are grown. Our outdoor facilities include a vegetable garden and an extensive nursery, including trees, shrubs, perennials and bedding plants that are sold to the public. Our students also take regular field trips as part of our programmes.
Floristry are located at MIT Otara. New for 2018 the facilities include a new chiller facility, storage rooms plus a bright and spacious teaching facility. This facility equips aspiring florists with the skills, experience and industry exposure for a successful floristry career.
Whatever your education or work history, you can enter at a level that suits your specific needs. You can choose from a range of certificate and diploma qualifications, with both part-time and full-time study that can fit around your work or family commitments.
The following programmes are available in this area of study: