Assistant Nursery Manager in Shelbyville, MI 49344

Winding Creek Nursery

Assistant Nursery Manager

Who We Are

At Winding Creek Nursery, we grow deciduous trees for landscape and nature restoration projects. Our trees are grown in the ground from saplings that we buy and plant every year. It takes 3 to 5 years for most trees we plant at our nursery to be of salable size. During this time every tree must be staked, pruned, fertilized, and watered to make a quality product. Once the tree is at a salable size, they are dug with a tree spade and sold to our customers, who consist of both retail homeowners and other wholesale landscapers. We are a small company and anyone who works here becomes like family. We love being outdoors, we have a great attention to detail, and most importantly we love trees. It’s very satisfying work, and fun to know that in 200 years someone may stand in the shade of a tree we planted.

Job Description

We spend 75% of our time outdoors. Usually our work is at the mercy of mother nature, so it’s not very often that we have to work in inclement weather. During the spring, summer, and fall most of our work revolves around trees, either maintaining nursery stock or handling trees that are sold. During the winter, we spend most of our time doing maintenance on our equipment in a heated shop, and on warmer days will go outside and prune trees. We are very meticulous about our nursery and our equipment. No two days of work are the same, and we don’t work by the hour. The day is done when our work is done, most days being around 8 hours. Days get longer in the spring and shorter during the winter. For this reason, this a salary based position. We take a lunch break every day and lunch is provided.

Job Duties

Prune Nursery Stock

Stake trees and install tree protectors

Apply fertilizer and sprays to trees as needed

Irrigate trees and monitor irrigation system

Mow nursery grounds, string trim as needed

Assist in the digging of trees in spring and fall

Load trees with equipment on customers trailers

Assist in planting nursery stock, and planting trees at retail job sites

Assist in sales and quoting of jobs for customers

Wash, maintain, and preform light repairs on diesel nursery equipment

Carefully operate equipment such as bobcats and tractors

Run errands such as picking up parts

Keeping shop, office and barns clean and organized

The Ideal Candidate

The work we do is very unique, and will require a lot of training due to the variety of job requirements. Because of this, we are ideally looking for a younger person who shows the desire to make a long-term career working at Winding Creek Nursery. A strong work ethic, attention to detail, willingness to learn, and a love of the outdoors is required. Also, an ability to lift 60lbs. Must be able to commute to our Nursery. Any prior landscaping or farming experience is preferred, but not a requirement.


Salary pay based on experience

Flexible hours plus 2 weeks paid vacation (upon approval)

Lunch provided


Please email resumes and a cover letter explaining why you would like to work at Winding Creek Nursery

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $28,000.00 – $32,000.00 per year


Employee discount
Flexible schedule
Paid time off


8 hour shift
Day shift
Monday to Friday
Weekend availability

Ability to commute/relocate:

Shelbyville, MI 49344: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Application Question(s):

Will you be able to pass a drug screen and be subject to random drug screening?


High school or equivalent (Preferred)

Work Location: In person

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