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HORTICULTURALIST: Managing Plants During The Drought

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Frank is a Horticulturalist and also an instructor at a local community college. Frank explains what he does on a day to day basis, his educational path and how he got involved with starting his own company.

School: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Degree: Business - Horticulture
Job Title: Horticulturalist
Employer: Self-Employed

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.

On-the-Job Training

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, Seasonal, Full-time, Irregular, Varies Widely
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Outdoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Strength/stamina, Hand-eye coordination, Likes working with hands, Problem solving skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Recommended majors
Recommended Majors
Landscape Architecture
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m='14090'>of</span> <span m='14150'>consultation</span> <span m='14870'>work.</span> <span m='15330'>I</span> <span m='15460'>look</span> <span m='15710'>at</span> <span m='16050'>projects</span> <span m='17410'>that</span> <span m='18450'>may</span> <span m='18720'>have</span> <span m='18910'>issues</span> <span m='19240'>with</span> <span m='19370'>plant</span> <span m='19680'>material.</span> <span m='20620'>So</span> <span m='20790'>for</span> <span m='20950'>example,</span> <span m='21420'>we're</span> <span m='21560'>in</span> <span m='21630'>the</span> <span m='21700'>middle</span> <span m='21930'>of</span> <span m='22060'>a</span> <span m='22110'>drought</span> <span m='22570'>right</span> <span m='22870'>now</span> <span m='23430'>and</span> <span m='24840'>plant</span> <span m='25140'>materials</span> <span m='25620'>suffer</span> <span m='25940'>significantly.</span> <span m='27480'>So</span> <span m='27660'>I</span> <span m='27770'>teach</span> <span m='28340'>and</span> <span m='28490'>coach</span> <span m='28820'>people</span> <span m='29140'>how</span> <span m='29810'>to</span> <span m='29890'>manage</span> <span m='30360'>their</span> <span m='31000'>plant</span> <span m='31350'>material</span> <span m='32780'>through</span> <span m='32990'>this</span> <span m='33240'>drought.</span> </p><p><span m='35710'>That's</span> <span m='35990'>my</span> <span m='36130'>primary</span> <span m='36640'>job</span> <span m='36990'>right</span> <span m='37240'>now.</span> <span m='38000'>I'm</span> <span m='38070'>doing</span> <span m='38260'>a</span> <span m='38320'>lot</span> <span m='38530'>of</span> <span m='38930'>consultation,</span> <span m='40050'>and</span> <span m='40170'>I</span> <span m='40210'>really</span> <span m='40530'>love</span> <span m='40730'>that.</span> <span m='41510'>My</span> <span m='41720'>education--</span> <span m='43680'>I</span> <span m='44060'>was</span> <span m='44260'>working</span> <span m='44620'>at</span> <span m='44720'>San</span> <span m='44900'>Francisco</span> <span m='45420'>airport</span> <span m='45970'>and</span> <span m='46430'>decided</span> <span m='46940'>I</span> <span m='47000'>didn't</span> <span m='47320'>want</span> <span m='47560'>to</span> <span m='47660'>do</span> <span m='48250'>that</span> <span m='48580'>job</span> <span m='48890'>the</span> <span m='48990'>rest</span> <span m='49290'>of</span> <span m='49350'>my</span> <span m='49520'>life.</span> <span m='50000'>I</span> <span m='50130'>had</span> <span m='50230'>always</span> <span m='50650'>loved</span> <span m='51040'>gardening.</span> <span m='52050'>My</span> <span m='52170'>grandmother</span> <span m='52740'>taught</span> <span m='53020'>me</span> <span m='53200'>when</span> <span m='53380'>I</span> <span m='53460'>was</span> <span m='53620'>seven</span> <span m='54040'>how</span> <span m='54190'>to</span> <span m='54280'>garden.</span> <span m='54800'>And</span> <span m='55140'>so</span> <span m='55250'>I</span> <span m='55340'>decided</span> <span m='55880'>to</span> <span m='56000'>turn</span> <span m='56320'>my</span> <span m='56790'>avocation</span> <span m='57670'>into</span> <span m='57940'>a</span> <span m='58130'>career.</span> <span m='59400'>I</span> <span m='61220'>started</span> <span m='61880'>out</span> <span m='62140'>at</span> <span m='62250'>College</span> <span m='62670'>of</span> <span m='62760'>San Mateo</span> <span m='63720'>and</span> <span m='64150'>got</span> <span m='64459'>a</span> <span m='64569'>degree</span> <span m='64849'>in</span> <span m='64930'>horticulture</span> <span m='65530'>there.</span> <span m='66250'>Went</span> <span m='66500'>down</span> <span m='66730'>to</span> <span m='66810'>Cal</span> <span m='67070'>Poly</span> <span m='67400'>San</span> <span m='67620'>Luis</span> <span m='67890'>Obispo.</span> <span m='70530'>Came</span> <span m='70780'>out</span> <span m='70890'>of</span> <span m='70980'>Cal</span> <span m='71250'>Poly</span> <span m='71790'>and</span> <span m='71900'>then</span> <span m='72090'>I</span> <span m='72170'>went</span> <span m='72450'>to</span> <span m='72550'>work</span> <span m='72780'>for</span> <span m='72910'>a</span> <span m='72970'>large</span> <span m='73380'>landscape</span> <span m='73960'>company</span> <span m='74360'>in</span> <span m='74480'>the</span> <span m='74570'>San Francisco</span> <span m='75280'>bay</span> <span m='75440'>area.</span> </p><p><span m='76860'>I</span> <span m='76920'>stayed</span> <span m='77240'>with</span> <span m='77380'>them</span> <span m='77570'>five</span> <span m='78020'>years,</span> <span m='78890'>and</span> <span m='78990'>then</span> <span m='79130'>I</span> <span m='79210'>started</span> <span m='79590'>my</span> <span m='79760'>own</span> <span m='79980'>company,</span> <span m='81280'>and</span> <span m='81900'>worked</span> <span m='83460'>as</span> <span m='83720'>the</span> <span m='83870'>owner</span> <span 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