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SCIENCE TECHNICIAN & GROUNDSKEEPER, IN-DEPTH: Doing Out Of Curiosity

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Molly is a Science Technician and Groundskeeper working at Merritt College. Molly goes into detail about what she likes and dislikes about her job and how her her work bleeds into her personal life, but that's because she loves what she does she doesn't mind it.

School: Merritt College
Degree: Nursery Management
Job Title: Science Technician & Groundskeeper
Employer: Merritt College

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='20840'>and</span> <span m='21660'>funding</span> <span m='22170'>models,</span> <span m='23090'>and</span> <span m='23880'>how</span> <span m='25360'>the</span> <span m='25550'>government</span> <span m='26500'>is</span> <span m='26930'>involved</span> <span m='27470'>in</span> <span m='27640'>the</span> <span m='27750'>education</span> <span m='28290'>process.</span> <span m='28970'>A</span> <span m='29310'>necessary</span> <span m='30110'>evil.</span> </p><p><span m='31860'>Going</span> <span m='32140'>with</span> <span m='32299'>the</span> <span m='32390'>flow.</span> <span m='34210'>I</span> <span m='34730'>think</span> <span m='35130'>I</span> <span m='35410'>was</span> <span m='36930'>able</span> <span m='37260'>to</span> <span m='38110'>capitalize</span> <span m='38710'>on</span> <span m='38870'>opportunities</span> <span m='39630'>that</span> <span m='39800'>came</span> <span m='40010'>my</span> <span m='40150'>way,</span> <span m='41100'>and</span> <span m='41490'>know</span> <span m='41770'>that</span> <span m='43500'>when</span> <span m='43840'>one</span> <span m='44040'>door</span> <span m='44260'>closes,</span> <span m='44820'>several</span> <span m='45370'>more</span> <span m='45620'>doors</span> <span m='46340'>are</span> <span m='46710'>available.</span> <span m='47940'>And</span> <span m='48110'>it's</span> <span m='48270'>whether</span> <span m='48610'>you</span> <span m='49250'>attempt</span> <span m='49850'>to</span> <span m='50010'>open</span> <span m='50320'>them.</span> <span m='51710'>And</span> <span m='52850'>not</span> <span m='53130'>doing</span> <span m='53540'>things</span> <span m='53880'>out</span> <span m='54020'>of</span> <span m='54120'>fear,</span> <span m='54530'>but</span> <span m='54770'>doing</span> <span m='55090'>things</span> <span m='55430'>out</span> <span m='55600'>of</span> <span m='57730'>curiosity.</span> <span m='58550'>And</span> <span m='59570'>things</span> <span m='59820'>that</span> <span m='59980'>you</span> <span m='60160'>enjoy.</span> <span m='61540'>Then</span> <span m='62370'>you'll</span> <span m='62550'>never</span> <span m='63060'>hate</span> <span m='63340'>your</span> <span m='63470'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='64739'>I</span> <span m='64940'>would</span> <span m='65129'>say</span> <span m='65630'>as</span> <span m='65820'>a</span> <span m='65880'>maintenance</span> <span m='66340'>gardener,</span> <span m='66780'>it's</span> <span m='66990'>not</span> <span m='67130'>very</span> <span m='67340'>hard.</span> <span m='68650'>You</span> <span m='68790'>have</span> <span m='68920'>to</span> <span m='69010'>be</span> <span m='69160'>willing</span> <span m='69760'>and</span> <span m='70000'>able</span> <span m='70540'>to</span> <span m='71010'>meet</span> <span m='71280'>people</span> <span m='71550'>on</span> <span m='71700'>their</span> <span m='71920'>terms,</span> <span m='73030'>and</span> <span m='73220'>do</span> <span m='73390'>what's</span> <span 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m='114940'>the</span> <span m='115150'>new</span> <span m='115460'>trends</span> <span m='116590'>for</span> <span m='117100'>horticulture.</span> <span m='118010'>And</span> <span m='118280'>I</span> <span m='118360'>think</span> <span m='119990'>if</span> <span m='120140'>you</span> <span m='120300'>value</span> <span m='120710'>being</span> <span m='120980'>outside,</span> <span m='121570'>and</span> <span m='121690'>you</span> <span m='121800'>value</span> <span m='122670'>digging</span> <span m='122950'>in</span> <span m='123050'>the</span> <span m='123160'>dirt,</span> <span m='124170'>then</span> <span m='124310'>that's</span> <span m='124540'>a</span> <span m='124750'>great</span> <span m='125280'>career</span> <span m='125660'>choice.</span> </p><p><span m='127260'>I</span> <span m='127390'>live</span> <span m='127580'>very</span> <span m='127820'>close</span> <span m='128380'>to</span> <span m='128520'>here.</span> <span m='129509'>And</span> <span m='129750'>so</span> <span m='129900'>sometimes</span> <span m='130380'>I</span> <span m='130460'>find</span> <span m='130720'>myself</span> <span m='131330'>taking</span> <span m='131690'>a</span> <span m='131760'>little</span> <span m='131930'>bit</span> <span m='132080'>of</span> <span m='132150'>work</span> <span m='132400'>home.</span> <span m='134850'>Or</span> <span m='135400'>coming</span> <span m='135740'>up</span> <span m='135990'>on</span> <span m='136560'>a</span> <span m='136630'>Saturday</span> <span m='138510'>to</span> <span m='138830'>make</span> <span m='139010'>sure</span> <span m='139190'>things</span> <span m='139520'>are</span> <span m='140120'>OK.</span> <span m='141140'>So</span> <span m='142240'>it's</span> <span m='142430'>a</span> <span m='142470'>blur,</span> <span m='143280'>a</span> <span m='143350'>little</span> <span m='143570'>bit,</span> <span m='143950'>the</span> <span m='144070'>line.</span> <span m='146950'>I</span> <span m='147110'>enjoy</span> <span m='147440'>my</span> <span m='147590'>work</span> <span m='147850'>so</span> <span m='148020'>much</span> <span m='148390'>that</span> <span m='149010'>I</span> <span m='149110'>don't</span> <span m='149400'>mind</span> <span m='149780'>coming</span> <span m='150140'>up</span> <span m='151160'>on</span> <span m='151430'>off</span> <span m='151690'>hours.</span> <span m='153600'>But</span> <span m='153740'>I</span> <span m='153820'>don't</span> <span m='153990'>think</span> <span m='154170'>that's</span> <span m='154430'>typical</span> <span m='155210'>of</span> <span m='155690'>a</span> <span m='155780'>groundskeeper.</span> <span m='157580'>I</span> <span m='157710'>think</span> <span m='159630'>we</span> <span m='159840'>tend</span> <span m='160190'>to</span> <span m='161050'>really</span> <span m='161520'>take</span> <span m='161720'>our</span> <span m='161810'>work</span> <span m='162060'>seriously</span> <span m='163240'>and</span> <span m='163600'>live</span> <span m='163930'>our</span> <span 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