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CITY PARKS & RECREATION SUPERVISOR: Getting Back To His Roots Through Landscape Architecture

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Todd is currently a supervisor for the city's Parks and Recreation department. He supervises graffiti abatement, in addition to other aspects of the city. Prior to starting this position, Todd owned a landscape architecture business for 18 years. He loved the work because he was able to get dirty and work outside, and it incorporated many things he learned in school including math, geometry, physics, soil science, chemistry, botany and construction.

Job Title: Supervisor
Employer: City Parks & Recreation

Job Summary: Landscape Architects

Job Description

Landscape architects plan and design land areas for parks, recreational facilities, highways, airports, and other properties. Projects include subdivisions and commercial, industrial, and residential sites.

On-the-Job Training

short-term on-the-job training

Certification Requirement
Landscape Architect Registration Examination (L.A.R.E.)

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$35,000 - $105,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office, Outdoor, Hospital / Clinic, Home, Travel
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Creativity, Technical skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Artistic, Detail oriented, Teamwork

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m='18030'>almost</span> <span m='18310'>six</span> <span m='18520'>years</span> <span m='18910'>now.</span> <span m='19430'>Before</span> <span m='19660'>that</span> <span m='19860'>I owned</span> <span m='20010'>my</span> <span m='20150'>own</span> <span m='20300'>business</span> <span m='20780'>for</span> <span m='21470'>18</span> <span m='21830'>years</span> <span m='24056'>and</span> <span m='24550'>I</span> <span m='25200'>closed</span> <span m='25650'>that</span> <span m='27320'>just</span> <span m='27600'>before</span> <span m='28100'>the</span> <span m='28230'>economy</span> <span m='28640'>took</span> <span m='28850'>a</span> <span m='29380'>leap</span> <span m='29610'>off</span> <span m='29770'>a</span> <span m='29850'>cliff.</span> <span m='30460'>But</span> <span m='30670'>I</span> <span m='30730'>did</span> <span m='30940'>that to</span> <span m='31170'>spend</span> <span m='31460'>more</span> <span m='31600'>time</span> <span m='31960'>with my</span> <span m='32447'>young</span> <span m='32934'>boys</span> <span m='33910'>as</span> <span m='34290'>my</span> <span m='35210'>business</span> <span m='35690'>was</span> <span m='35830'>not</span> <span m='35970'>allowing</span> <span m='36200'>me</span> <span m='36430'>to do</span> <span m='36896'>that.</span> <span m='37362'>That</span> <span m='37828'>business</span> <span m='38294'>was a</span> <span m='38760'>landscape</span> <span m='39226'>contracting</span> <span m='39692'>business</span> <span m='40624'>that</span> <span m='41090'>designed</span> <span m='41556'>and</span> <span m='42030'>built.</span> </p><p><span m='42750'>Now,</span> <span m='43643'>I</span> <span m='45032'>started</span> <span m='45495'>that</span> <span m='45958'>business</span> <span m='47175'>after</span> <span m='47460'>I'd</span> <span m='47730'>worked</span> <span m='47930'>for</span> <span m='48040'>somebody</span> <span m='48470'>for</span> <span m='48720'>a year.</span> <span m='49000'>I started</span> <span m='49490'>doing projects</span> <span m='49980'>on my own</span> <span m='50960'>and</span> <span m='54390'>I</span> <span m='54880'>wanted</span> <span m='55370'>more</span> <span m='55860'>than</span> <span m='56350'>what that</span> <span m='56840'>would do</span> <span m='57330'>to</span> <span m='57490'>start</span> <span m='58130'>kind</span> <span m='58405'>of</span> <span m='58680'>doing</span> <span m='58840'>this</span> <span m='59010'>all in a</span> <span m='59260'>backwards</span> <span m='59730'>order.</span> <span m='60340'>To</span> <span m='60970'>get</span> <span m='61150'>that</span> <span m='61360'>business</span> <span m='61700'>started,</span> <span m='62280'>I</span> <span m='64569'>left</span> <span m='64769'>college</span> <span m='65840'>to</span> <span m='66000'>take</span> <span m='66250'>the</span> <span m='66340'>job</span> <span m='66615'>to</span> <span m='66890'>work</span> <span m='67180'>for the</span> <span m='67600'>guy.</span> <span m='68020'>I</span> <span m='68440'>was</span> <span m='68630'>landscape</span> <span m='69070'>architecture.</span> </p><p><span m='72360'>School,</span> <span m='72710'>it</span> <span m='73010'>turned</span> <span m='73340'>out,</span> <span m='73550'>was</span> <span m='73690'>not</span> <span m='73940'>for</span> <span m='74050'>me</span> <span m='75400'>and</span> <span m='75610'>I</span> <span m='75640'>wanted</span> <span m='75860'>to</span> <span m='75940'>get</span> <span m='76130'>back</span> <span m='76900'>to</span> <span m='77350'>my roots</span> <span m='78250'>and</span> <span m='78520'>get</span> <span m='78710'>dirty.</span> <span m='78990'>I</span> <span m='79230'>liked</span> <span m='80220'>being</span> <span m='80380'>outside</span> <span m='80675'>and</span> <span m='80970'>working</span> <span m='81300'>hard.</span> <span m='81660'>Before</span> <span m='82020'>that,</span> <span m='83330'>before</span> <span m='84060'>college,</span> <span m='84500'>I</span> <span m='84560'>was</span> <span m='87410'>Salutatorian</span> <span m='87900'>of</span> <span m='88130'>my</span> <span m='88250'>high</span> <span m='88505'>school</span> <span m='88760'>class.</span> <span m='89140'>That's the</span> <span m='89300'>second</span> <span m='89760'>best</span> <span m='90030'>grades.</span> </p><p><span m='90780'>I</span> <span m='90880'>was</span> <span m='91060'>college</span> <span m='91390'>bound.</span> <span m='91780'>I</span> <span m='91840'>was</span> <span m='92030'>pretty</span> <span m='92220'>pre-med</span> <span m='92460'>when</span> <span m='92590'>I</span> <span m='92640'>started</span> <span m='93060'>college.</span> <span m='95300'>I</span> <span m='95380'>was</span> <span m='95680'>definitely</span> <span m='96150'>on</span> <span m='96300'>that</span> <span m='96550'>career</span> <span m='97047'>path.</span> <span m='100030'>It</span> <span m='100550'>was</span> <span m='100680'>almost</span> <span m='100970'>like</span> <span m='101150'>my</span> <span m='101840'>career</span> <span m='102360'>path</span> <span m='102740'>was</span> <span m='103560'>preordained,</span> <span m='106180'>but</span> <span m='107330'>my</span> <span m='107450'>heart</span> <span m='107670'>wasn't</span> <span m='107960'>into</span> <span m='108260'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='108930'>And</span> <span m='109230'>until</span> <span m='109570'>I</span> <span m='109650'>found</span> <span m='111116'>the</span> <span m='111470'>landscaping--</span> <span m='112130'>I</span> <span m='112160'>really</span> <span m='112440'>liked</span> <span m='112670'>all</span> <span m='113110'>the</span> <span m='113330'>aspects</span> <span m='113840'>of</span> <span m='114040'>it.</span> <span m='115100'>And</span> <span m='115350'>it</span> <span m='115500'>incorporated</span> <span m='116010'>everything</span> <span m='116670'>that</span> <span m='116830'>I had</span> <span m='117030'>learned</span> <span m='117300'>in</span> <span m='117380'>school.</span> <span m='121430'>There</span> <span m='121700'>was</span> <span m='121850'>math</span> <span m='122250'>and</span> <span m='122380'>geometry,</span> <span m='123566'>physics,</span> <span m='125510'>soil</span> <span m='126100'>science,</span> <span m='126820'>chemistry,</span> <span m='128889'>botany,</span> <span m='129500'>of</span> <span m='129580'>course,</span> <span m='130423'>and</span> <span m='130766'>then</span> <span m='131110'>all</span> <span m='131800'>the</span> <span m='132000'>aspects</span> <span m='132420'>of</span> <span m='132520'>construction</span> <span m='133070'>as</span> <span m='133200'>well.</span> </p><p><span m='133810'>So</span> <span m='137620'>that</span> <span m='138300'>career</span> <span m='138540'>path,</span> <span m='138820'>I</span> <span m='138870'>couldn't</span> <span m='139200'>have</span> <span m='139880'>dreamed</span> <span m='140160'>that</span> <span m='140440'>I'd</span> <span m='140550'>be</span> <span m='140690'>here</span> <span m='140860'>now</span> <span m='141700'>started</span> <span m='141980'>back</span> <span m='142230'>when</span> <span m='142380'>I</span> <span m='142470'>was</span> <span m='144340'>getting</span> <span m='144530'>all</span> <span m='144710'>A's</span> <span m='144990'>in</span> <span m='145060'>high</span> <span m='145240'>school.</span> <span m='146770'>What</span> <span m='147260'>I</span> <span m='147350'>wish</span> <span m='147640'>I'd</span> <span m='147820'>have known</span> <span m='148070'>then</span> <span m='149330'>that</span> <span m='150280'>I</span> <span m='150755'>know now</span> <span m='151705'>is</span> <span m='154080'>a</span> <span m='154555'>goal</span> <span m='155030'>that</span> <span m='155505'>was</span> <span m='157410'>from</span> <span m='157590'>my</span> <span m='157710'>heart</span> <span m='158680'>and</span> <span m='158970'>a</span> <span m='159030'>goal</span> <span m='159280'>that</span> <span m='159470'>is</span> <span m='160120'>attainable</span> <span m='163020'>and</span> <span m='163310'>the</span> <span m='163390'>smaller</span> <span m='163800'>steps</span> <span m='164130'>it would</span> <span m='164340'>take</span> <span m='164580'>to</span> <span m='164680'>get</span> <span m='164880'>to</span> <span m='164970'>that</span> <span m='165200'>goal.</span> <span m='167260'>And</span> <span m='167630'>knowing</span> <span m='168020'>that</span> <span m='169260'>I</span> <span m='169950'>could</span> <span m='170090'>trust</span> <span m='170380'>myself</span> <span m='171330'>to</span> <span m='174400'>understand</span> <span m='175030'>what</span> <span m='177680'>my</span> <span m='177820'>decisions</span> <span m='178270'>were,</span> <span m='178610'>what</span> <span m='178820'>my</span> <span m='178970'>feelings</span> <span m='179440'>were,</span> <span m='179680'>what my</span> <span m='179920'>desires</span> <span m='180490'>were,</span> <span m='181270'>and</span> <span m='181430'>trust</span> <span m='181770'>that</span> <span m='181990'>and</span> <span m='182140'>follow</span> <span m='182460'>that</span> <span m='182700'>path</span> <span m='184930'>instead</span> <span m='185430'>of</span> <span m='186250'>taking</span> <span m='186500'>a</span> <span m='186570'>path</span> <span m='186890'>that somebody</span> <span m='187331'>else</span> <span m='187772'>was</span> <span m='188213'>making</span> <span m='188654'>for me.</span> </p><p><span m='189980'>Thank</span> <span m='190150'>you.</span> </p>","file":{"id":208147,"video_id":"2708159751001","name":"62303973","duration":190420,"thumbnail_url":null}});