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GARDEN MANAGER: Bringing People Together Through Gardening

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Jenny is a Garden Manager for the PJCC Development Center in the Bay Area. Jenny goes into detail about what she does on a day to day basis, how she got involved in gardening and what it means to her.

School: Oberlin College
Degree: Environmental Studies - Politics
Job Title: Garden Manager
Employer: PJCC

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, 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
Recommended Majors
Landscape Architecture
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m='30400'>a</span> <span m='30460'>lot</span> <span m='30660'>of</span> <span m='30790'>family</span> <span m='31130'>history</span> <span m='31870'>growing</span> <span m='32189'>food.</span> <span m='33350'>We</span> <span m='33500'>were</span> <span m='33760'>in</span> <span m='34020'>a</span> <span m='34170'>really</span> <span m='34370'>dense</span> <span m='34670'>urban</span> <span m='34970'>area</span> <span m='35500'>with</span> <span m='35630'>a</span> <span m='35720'>lot</span> <span m='36390'>of</span> <span m='38870'>violence</span> <span m='39610'>and</span> <span m='39920'>questions</span> <span m='40360'>of</span> <span m='40490'>safety,</span> <span m='41030'>and</span> <span m='41270'>I</span> <span m='41340'>came</span> <span m='41610'>into</span> <span m='41870'>gardening</span> <span m='42560'>as</span> <span m='42830'>a</span> <span m='42880'>community</span> <span m='43340'>development</span> <span m='43860'>model.</span> <span m='44830'>I</span> <span m='45000'>saw it</span> <span m='45390'>as</span> <span m='45540'>a</span> <span m='45620'>way</span> <span m='46510'>of</span> <span m='46650'>bringing</span> <span m='46970'>many</span> <span m='47220'>different</span> <span m='47520'>people</span> <span m='47780'>together</span> <span m='48320'>to</span> <span m='48500'>connect</span> <span m='49290'>in</span> <span m='49400'>a</span> <span m='49450'>way</span> <span m='49590'>I</span> <span m='49620'>didn't</span> <span m='49870'>see</span> <span m='50040'>a</span> <span m='50100'>lot</span> <span m='50280'>of</span> <span m='50410'>other</span> <span m='50680'>ways.</span> <span m='51060'>So</span> <span m='52220'>I</span> <span m='52360'>was</span> <span m='52560'>doing</span> <span m='52800'>it</span> <span m='52910'>both</span> <span m='53160'>in</span> <span m='53260'>a</span> <span m='53310'>paid</span> <span m='53610'>and</span> <span m='53720'>unpaid</span> <span m='54150'>way</span> <span m='54850'>as</span> <span 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m='108200'>like</span> <span m='108450'>about</span> <span m='108810'>the</span> <span m='108920'>broader</span> <span m='109670'>context</span> <span m='110210'>and</span> <span m='110290'>histories</span> <span m='110760'>for</span> <span m='110870'>people</span> <span m='111180'>gardening.</span> <span m='111700'>I</span> <span m='111780'>found</span> <span m='112150'>it</span> <span m='112890'>quite</span> <span m='113310'>challenging</span> <span m='114810'>to</span> <span m='115090'>find</span> <span m='115430'>this</span> <span m='115840'>to</span> <span m='115990'>be</span> <span m='116160'>a</span> <span m='116210'>viable,</span> <span m='116890'>paid</span> <span m='117430'>livelihood.</span> <span m='119090'>And</span> <span m='120490'>I</span> <span m='120600'>have</span> <span m='120780'>more</span> <span m='120990'>of</span> <span m='121050'>an</span> <span m='121130'>understanding</span> <span m='121750'>now</span> <span m='122020'>that,</span> <span 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