Assistant Propagator

Assistant Propagator

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Stonehouse Nursery is a wholesale perennial plug nursery in lovely Southwest Michigan and we are looking for energetic, hard working people to join our team!  Started in 1989, Stonehouse Nursery has worked hard to grow and maintain a unique and diverse product line and team of employees. Check out our website for more information on our awesome plant material (www.stonehouse and read on to learn more about the opportunities available with us!

Assistant Propagator

In this position, we are looking for a person to assist the Propagator with regular care, maintenance, and monitoring of materials, paperwork of production, and the process of producing plants. This position will require training with the Propagator to become proficient.

This position will include:

Working with plant material that will include:

  • URC  (Unrooted Cutting)

           - Ordered from an outside source

           - Created from Stonehouse plants

  • Tissue culture
  • Seed
  • Division

Working with the Propagator to learn:

  • Assessment of source material for quality
  • Communication of concerns or issues with source material
  • Assessing material as it is growing
  • Regularly checking progress of crops
  • Timing plant moves and space in the propagation house
  • Proper sanitation of the propagation greenhouse
  • Sanitation practices in propagation
  • Record keeping of crop production
  • Proper water management of crops through propagation

Additional tasks:

  • Moving plants from the propagation house to the hardening houses
  • Weed control of crops in all stages
  • Learning water management of crops as they grow on
  • Assisting in watering of greenhouse crops
  • Cleaning and organization of the work area
  • Leading in the propagation area when the Propagator needs to step away or is not available
  • Learning the potting process and working in production to become proficient


  • Education: Vocational high school (horticulture, greenhouse, nursery program), Associate degree (horticulture, greenhouse, nursery program) or certificate.  Comparable work experience in the horticulture industry will also be considered
  • Experience: Nursery, greenhouse, or garden center experience is helpful
  • Physical abilities: This position requires being on your feet for the day, walking, lifting up to 50# (occasionally), hand work (pruning, stapling, etc.), stepping over flats/plants, bending, kneeling, etc.
  • Outlook: A desire to continue to learn and grow with Stonehouse Nursery

If interested, please email Amy Ryan: