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GARDENER: Managing People's Vegetable Gardens

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Ryan manages people's vegetable gardens; harvesting plants, dealing with pests and replanting. He got his start in gardening after working on an organic farm in France and apprenticing on another farm in the U.S. He's learned that many options exist in this field and advises those interested in gardening or farming to look for internships and apprenticeships on farms, gardening jobs can be found on Craigslist or consider looking at Merritt College's Landscape Horticulture program.

Job Title: Gardener

Job Summary: Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers

Job Description

Grounds maintenance workers provide a pleasant outdoor environment by ensuring that the grounds of houses, businesses, and parks are attractive, orderly, and healthy. Using hand or power tools or equipment, workers typically perform a variety of tasks, which may include any combination of the following: sod laying, mowing, trimming, planting, watering, fertilizing, digging, raking, sprinkler installation, and installation of mortarless segmental concrete masonry wall units.

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Short-term on-the-job training

Certification Requirement
Most states require workers who apply pesticides to be licensed.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$20,000 - $30,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Part-time, Full-time, Irregular, Varies Widely, Seasonal
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Outdoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Problem solving skills, Strength/stamina, Hand-eye coordination, Likes working with hands

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Recommended majors
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Landscape Architecture
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P3.instances[0].transcript.parse_transcript_data({"transcript":"<p><span m='630'>So</span> <span m='1020'>currently</span> <span m='1510'>I</span> <span m='1620'>work</span> <span m='2000'>as</span> <span m='2310'>a</span> <span m='3080'>gardener</span> <span m='3365'>who</span> <span m='3650'>goes to</span> <span m='4090'>people's</span> <span m='4430'>properties,</span> <span m='5050'>and</span> <span m='5180'>I</span> <span m='5260'>manage</span> <span m='5680'>their</span> <span m='5840'>vegetable</span> <span m='6250'>gardens.</span> <span m='7700'>So</span> <span m='8140'>I'll</span> <span m='8520'>go</span> <span m='9030'>in</span> <span m='9110'>the</span> <span m='9180'>morning.</span> <span m='9630'>I'll</span> <span m='9780'>harvest</span> <span m='10270'>all</span> <span m='10410'>the</span> <span m='10500'>crops</span> <span m='10960'>from</span> <span m='11080'>their</span> <span m='11280'>yard.</span> <span m='11620'>And</span> <span m='11790'>then</span> <span m='12475'>I'll</span> <span m='12740'>take</span> <span m='12900'>care</span> <span m='13200'>of any</span> <span m='13540'>pest</span> <span m='13920'>problems.</span> <span m='15250'>I'll</span> <span m='15970'>troubleshoot</span> <span m='16790'>anything</span> <span m='17250'>else</span> <span m='17460'>that's</span> <span m='17610'>going</span> <span m='17840'>wrong</span> <span m='18140'>in</span> <span m='18200'>the</span> <span m='18280'>garden,</span> <span m='19380'>and</span> <span m='19530'>then</span> <span m='19860'>I'll</span> <span m='19960'>plants</span> <span m='20330'>some new</span> <span m='20540'>things</span> <span m='20860'>for</span> <span m='21040'>them.</span> <span m='22020'>And</span> <span m='22390'>that's</span> <span m='22675'>a</span> <span m='22960'>typical</span> <span m='23320'>day</span> <span m='23520'>for</span> <span m='23650'>me.</span> </p><p><span m='24820'>Well,</span> <span m='25190'>I</span> <span m='25350'>didn't</span> <span m='25580'>really</span> <span m='25810'>think</span> <span m='26120'>that</span> <span m='26360'>I would</span> <span m='26450'>get</span> <span m='26610'>into</span> <span m='26820'>this</span> <span m='26970'>line</span> <span m='27190'>of</span> <span m='27270'>work</span> <span m='27590'>when</span> <span m='27770'>I</span> <span m='27860'>was</span> <span m='27990'>in</span> <span m='28090'>high</span> <span m='28290'>school</span> <span m='29070'>or</span> <span m='29390'>in</span> <span m='29500'>college.</span> <span m='30250'>But</span> <span m='31480'>I</span> <span m='33630'>went</span> <span m='34240'>to</span> <span m='34410'>teach</span> <span m='34820'>English</span> <span m='35340'>in</span> <span m='35530'>France</span> <span m='36600'>for</span> <span m='36780'>a</span> <span m='36850'>school</span> <span m='37150'>year.</span> <span m='38080'>And</span> <span m='38680'>after</span> <span m='38960'>that</span> <span m='39220'>was</span> <span m='39430'>over,</span> <span m='39860'>I</span> <span m='40170'>worked</span> <span m='40650'>on an</span> <span m='40850'>organic</span> <span m='41470'>farm</span> <span m='41880'>in</span> <span m='42010'>France</span> <span m='42540'>and</span> <span m='42810'>I</span> <span m='42860'>really</span> <span m='43090'>liked</span> <span m='43420'>it.</span> <span m='43650'>And</span> <span m='43810'>I</span> <span m='43870'>came</span> <span m='44090'>back</span> <span m='44290'>to</span> <span m='44390'>the</span> <span m='44490'>US</span> <span m='45130'>and</span> <span m='45590'>I</span> <span m='45790'>apprenticed</span> <span m='46020'>on</span> <span m='46250'>an</span> <span m='46570'>organic</span> <span m='47010'>farm,</span> <span m='48090'>and</span> <span m='48330'>I've</span> <span m='48420'>been</span> <span m='48500'>working</span> <span m='48920'>on</span> <span m='49100'>farms</span> <span m='50050'>or</span> <span m='50550'>for</span> <span m='51050'>landscapers</span> <span m='51720'>ever</span> <span m='51920'>since.</span> </p><p><span m='53104'>What</span> <span m='53481'>do</span> <span m='53860'>I</span> <span m='54010'>know</span> <span m='54390'>now</span> <span m='55020'>that</span> <span m='55110'>I</span> <span m='55170'>didn't</span> <span m='55560'>know?</span> <span m='56390'>I guess</span> <span m='56740'>that there</span> <span m='56880'>are</span> <span m='56920'>a</span> <span m='56980'>lot</span> <span m='57270'>of</span> <span m='58240'>other</span> <span m='58470'>options</span> <span m='59900'>for</span> <span m='60570'>further</span> <span m='60890'>advancements</span> <span m='62340'>in</span> <span m='62490'>terms</span> <span m='63370'>of</span> <span m='65780'>grad</span> <span m='66260'>school,</span> <span m='67140'>or</span> <span m='67440'>in</span> <span m='67560'>terms</span> <span m='67910'>of</span> <span m='68130'>starting</span> <span m='68490'>your</span> <span m='68670'>own</span> <span m='68920'>business.</span> <span m='72000'>There's</span> <span m='73660'>a</span> <span m='73730'>fair</span> <span m='73950'>amount</span> <span m='74170'>of</span> <span m='74290'>money</span> <span m='74610'>to</span> <span m='74720'>be</span> <span m='74810'>made</span> <span m='75160'>in</span> <span m='75250'>landscaping</span> <span m='76220'>if</span> <span m='76660'>you</span> <span m='76840'>want to</span> <span m='77125'>start your</span> <span m='77410'>own</span> <span m='77480'>landscaping</span> <span m='78220'>company.</span> <span m='79410'>And</span> <span m='80640'>I</span> <span m='80800'>guess</span> <span m='81000'>I</span> <span m='81200'>didn't</span> <span m='81250'>realize</span> <span m='81575'>just</span> <span m='81900'>how</span> <span m='82100'>many</span> <span m='82440'>different</span> <span m='82750'>options</span> <span m='83190'>there</span> <span m='83380'>are</span> <span m='84290'>in</span> <span m='84620'>this</span> <span m='84930'>field.</span> </p><p><span m='86070'>There's</span> <span m='86700'>a</span> <span m='86800'>lot</span> <span m='87130'>of</span> <span m='87770'>easy</span> <span m='88140'>ways</span> <span m='88610'>to</span> <span m='88710'>get</span> <span m='88890'>started</span> <span m='89330'>in</span> <span m='89460'>the</span> <span m='89540'>field</span> <span m='89960'>if</span> <span m='90070'>you're</span> <span m='90280'>interested</span> <span m='90880'>in</span> <span m='92530'>farming</span> <span m='93010'>and</span> <span m='93140'>agriculture.</span> <span m='94260'>There</span> <span m='94680'>are</span> <span m='95160'>a</span> <span m='95280'>lot</span> <span m='95590'>of</span> <span m='96190'>farms</span> <span m='96610'>that</span> <span m='96720'>offer</span> <span m='98140'>internships</span> <span m='98940'>over</span> <span m='99120'>the</span> <span m='99220'>summer,</span> <span m='100040'>or</span> <span m='101240'>apprenticeships</span> <span m='102570'>for</span> <span m='102790'>a</span> <span m='102820'>year</span> <span m='103280'>and</span> <span m='103470'>you</span> <span m='103850'>don't</span> <span m='104060'>need</span> <span m='104230'>to</span> <span m='104310'>have</span> <span m='104500'>any</span> <span m='104700'>experience</span> <span m='105250'>really.</span> <span m='105530'>You</span> <span m='105640'>go</span> <span m='105860'>out</span> <span m='106080'>there</span> <span m='106430'>and</span> <span m='107890'>work</span> <span m='108200'>on</span> <span m='108270'>the</span> <span m='108360'>farm,</span> <span m='108800'>live</span> <span m='109010'>on</span> <span m='109110'>the</span> <span m='109190'>farm.</span> <span m='109585'>It's</span> <span m='109980'>really</span> <span m='110170'>great</span> <span m='110400'>experience.</span> <span m='113260'>There</span> <span m='113440'>are</span> <span m='113490'>also</span> <span m='114090'>always</span> <span m='114560'>people</span> <span m='114980'>hiring</span> <span m='115470'>for</span> <span m='116270'>gardening</span> <span m='116790'>positions</span> <span m='117250'>and</span> <span m='117340'>landscape</span> <span m='117790'>positions</span> <span m='118240'>on</span> <span m='118390'>Craigslist--</span> <span m='119370'>that's</span> <span m='119600'>worth</span> <span m='119820'>looking</span> <span m='120060'>into.</span> </p><p><span m='120430'>And</span> <span m='121640'>lastly,</span> <span m='122070'>I</span> <span m='122160'>would</span> <span m='122330'>say</span> <span m='122600'>that</span> <span m='123030'>the</span> <span m='123140'>Merritt</span> <span m='123510'>College</span> <span m='124440'>Landscape</span> <span m='124960'>Horticulture</span> <span m='125520'>Program</span> <span m='126470'>is</span> <span m='126600'>a</span> <span m='126650'>great</span> <span m='126930'>resource</span> <span m='127460'>if</span> <span m='127600'>you're</span> <span m='127800'>interested</span> <span m='128100'>in</span> <span m='128229'>learning</span> <span m='128539'>more</span> <span m='129550'>about</span> <span m='129830'>the</span> <span m='129910'>field</span> <span m='130449'>and</span> <span m='130970'>finding</span> <span m='131500'>opportunities.</span> </p>","file":{"id":364276,"video_id":"3268472173001","name":"2197-Ryan--p-Gardener","duration":133260,"thumbnail_url":null}});