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GARDEN MANAGER: Working With Kids & Gardens

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Patti is a Garden Manager that works in numerous classrooms. She explains what she does on a daily basis, her career and educational path and the importance of research companies that you want to work for before actually working for them.

School: University of Arkansas
Degree: Landscape Design
Job Title: Garden Manager

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='10760'>gardening.</span> <span m='11840'>When</span> <span m='12090'>I'm</span> <span m='12520'>doing</span> <span m='12920'>the</span> <span m='13030'>living</span> <span m='13300'>classroom</span> <span m='13940'>work,</span> <span m='14490'>I</span> <span m='15650'>head</span> <span m='15870'>up</span> <span m='15990'>to</span> <span m='16329'>Mountain</span> <span m='16640'>View.</span> </p><p><span m='16960'>I</span> <span m='17060'>have</span> <span m='17650'>seven</span> <span m='18210'>different</span> <span m='18490'>schools</span> <span m='18980'>where</span> <span m='19150'>I</span> <span m='19190'>have</span> <span m='19400'>edible</span> <span m='19930'>and</span> <span m='21070'>native</span> <span m='21410'>gardens.</span> <span m='22050'>I</span> <span m='22160'>make</span> <span m='22380'>sure</span> <span m='22640'>the</span> <span m='22760'>gardens</span> <span m='23230'>are</span> <span m='23320'>all</span> <span m='23670'>in</span> <span m='24150'>good</span> <span m='24360'>shape,</span> <span m='24750'>that the</span> <span m='24860'>irrigation</span> <span m='25550'>is</span> <span m='25670'>working.</span> <span m='26720'>I</span> <span m='26830'>make</span> <span m='27050'>sure</span> <span m='27210'>the</span> <span m='27370'>beds</span> <span m='27700'>are</span> <span m='27770'>prepared</span> <span m='28420'>for</span> <span m='30010'>any</span> <span m='30230'>lessons</span> <span m='30650'>that</span> <span m='30760'>are</span> <span m='30840'>going to</span> <span m='30940'>be</span> <span m='31080'>taught</span> <span m='31370'>that</span> <span m='31560'>week.</span> <span m='31940'>And</span> <span m='32090'>if</span> <span m='32210'>they</span> <span m='32340'>need</span> <span m='32740'>any</span> <span m='33150'>seedlings,</span> <span m='34300'>I</span> <span m='34650'>pot</span> <span m='34930'>those</span> <span m='35200'>up</span> <span m='35470'>and</span> <span m='36320'>deliver</span> <span m='36730'>them</span> <span m='36920'>to</span> <span m='37340'>the</span> <span m='38810'>office</span> <span m='40140'>for</span> <span m='40250'>them</span> <span m='40440'>to</span> <span m='40540'>distribute</span> <span m='41000'>to</span> <span m='41130'>the</span> <span m='41230'>classes.</span> </p><p><span m='42300'>I</span> <span m='42890'>got</span> <span m='43090'>my</span> <span m='43220'>first</span> <span m='43580'>degree</span> <span m='44030'>at</span> <span m='44170'>the</span> <span m='44250'>University</span> <span m='44780'>of</span> <span m='44890'>Arkansas</span> <span m='45640'>in</span> <span m='47200'>landscape</span> <span m='47640'>design</span> <span m='48100'>and</span> <span m='48220'>urban</span> <span m='48480'>horticulture,</span> <span m='49490'>which</span> <span m='49770'>I</span> <span m='50180'>didn't</span> <span m='50490'>use</span> <span m='51050'>for</span> <span m='51520'>quite</span> <span m='51810'>a</span> <span m='51860'>few</span> <span m='52070'>years.</span> <span m='53250'>Then</span> <span m='53800'>I</span> <span m='54090'>moved</span> <span m='54360'>out</span> <span m='54470'>to</span> <span m='54530'>California,</span> <span m='55210'>I</span> <span m='55500'>stayed</span> <span m='55700'>with</span> <span m='55970'>my</span> <span m='56070'>kids,</span> <span m='56600'>and</span> <span m='56810'>then</span> <span m='57290'>went</span> <span m='57460'>back</span> <span m='57660'>to</span> <span m='57740'>school</span> <span m='58050'>at</span> <span m='58170'>Foothill</span> <span m='58660'>and</span> <span m='58780'>got</span> <span m='59100'>an</span> <span m='59200'>environmental</span> <span m='59780'>design</span> <span m='61530'>horticulture</span> <span m='62070'>and</span> <span m='62160'>design</span> <span m='63170'>degree.</span> <span m='65120'>Which</span> <span m='65650'>was,</span> <span m='66170'>Foothill</span> <span m='66750'>is</span> <span m='67040'>an</span> <span m='67140'>incredible</span> <span m='68540'>community</span> <span m='68890'>college,</span> <span m='69400'>and</span> <span m='69570'>I</span> <span m='69590'>highly</span> <span m='69930'>recommend</span> <span m='70360'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='70990'>I</span> <span m='71110'>got</span> <span m='71330'>into</span> <span m='71770'>horticulture,</span> <span m='72830'>it's</span> <span m='72960'>something</span> <span m='73240'>that</span> <span m='73350'>I've</span> <span m='73490'>always</span> <span m='73760'>wanted</span> <span m='74050'>to</span> <span m='74170'>do.</span> <span m='74960'>And</span> <span m='75140'>I've</span> <span m='75280'>done</span> <span m='75960'>just</span> <span m='76310'>about</span> <span m='76620'>everything</span> <span m='77110'>you</span> <span m='77240'>can</span> <span m='77500'>do</span> <span m='77850'>in</span> <span m='78030'>the</span> <span m='78140'>industry.</span> <span m='78850'>I</span> <span m='79400'>worked</span> <span m='79690'>as</span> <span m='79890'>an</span> <span m='79990'>office</span> <span m='80330'>manager,</span> <span m='81400'>I've</span> <span m='81670'>worked</span> <span m='81970'>in</span> <span m='82100'>a</span> <span m='82150'>nursery,</span> <span m='83410'>I've</span> <span m='83700'>worked</span> <span m='83970'>for</span> <span m='84580'>different</span> <span m='85750'>landscape</span> <span m='86060'>contractors</span> <span m='86800'>where</span> <span m='87120'>I</span> <span m='87240'>was</span> <span m='87430'>a</span> <span m='87490'>project</span> <span m='87900'>manager.</span> <span m='89110'>I</span> <span m='89620'>was</span> <span m='89900'>the</span> <span m='90000'>account</span> <span m='90330'>manager,</span> <span m='90780'>I</span> <span m='90860'>ran</span> <span m='91280'>92</span> <span m='91820'>accounts.</span> <span m='92390'>I've</span> <span m='92540'>done</span> <span m='92800'>fine</span> <span m='93090'>gardening</span> <span m='94040'>and</span> <span m='94390'>design,</span> <span m='94920'>and</span> <span m='95030'>now</span> <span m='95220'>I'm</span> <span m='95350'>working</span> <span m='95740'>with</span> <span m='95950'>children.</span> </p><p><span m='96900'>I</span> <span m='96980'>wasn't</span> <span m='97420'>as</span> <span m='97540'>selective</span> <span m='97970'>as</span> <span m='98080'>I</span> <span m='98150'>should</span> <span m='98400'>have</span> <span m='98510'>been.</span> <span m='98710'>I</span> <span m='98780'>should've</span> <span m='99060'>done</span> <span m='99360'>a</span> <span m='99430'>little</span> <span m='99740'>more</span> <span m='100000'>research</span> <span m='101460'>with</span> <span m='101550'>some</span> <span m='101740'>of</span> <span m='101790'>the</span> <span m='101880'>companies</span> <span m='102450'>that</span> <span m='102590'>I</span> <span m='102650'>went</span> <span m='102870'>to</span> <span m='102970'>work</span> <span m='103230'>for.</span> <span m='104290'>Checked</span> <span m='104760'>their</span> <span m='104920'>background,</span> <span m='106080'>looked</span> <span m='106360'>to</span> <span m='106470'>see</span> <span m='106780'>how</span> <span m='106930'>much</span> <span m='107190'>turnover</span> <span m='107850'>they</span> <span m='108010'>have.</span> <span m='111590'>There's</span> <span m='111980'>different</span> <span m='112220'>ways</span> <span m='112520'>to</span> <span m='112640'>run</span> <span m='112800'>a</span> <span m='112850'>business,</span> <span m='113520'>and</span> <span m='113890'>there</span> <span m='114060'>are</span> <span m='114110'>some</span> <span m='114430'>models</span> <span m='115060'>that</span> <span m='115960'>I</span> <span m='116130'>prefer</span> <span m='116460'>working</span> <span m='116890'>in.</span> </p><p><span m='117750'>The</span> <span m='117850'>Living</span> <span m='118120'>Classroom,</span> <span m='119160'>I</span> <span m='119310'>love</span> <span m='119740'>doing</span> <span m='120010'>that.</span> <span m='120460'>I</span> <span m='121060'>have</span> <span m='122290'>free</span> <span m='122770'>range,</span> <span m='123310'>I'm</span> <span m='123490'>on</span> <span m='123810'>my</span> <span m='124040'>time.</span> <span m='124740'>I've</span> <span m='124900'>got</span> <span m='125430'>11</span> <span m='125800'>hours</span> <span m='126070'>a</span> <span m='126130'>week</span> <span m='126380'>that</span> <span m='126510'>I</span> <span m='126580'>have</span> <span m='126760'>to</span> <span m='126850'>get</span> <span m='127000'>the</span> <span m='127090'>work</span> <span m='127370'>done</span> <span m='127560'>in,</span> <span m='129180'>so</span> <span m='129320'>I</span> <span m='129419'>have</span> <span m='129620'>to</span> <span m='129720'>be</span> <span m='129880'>very</span> <span m='131650'>selective</span> <span m='132150'>of</span> <span m='132240'>how</span> <span m='132520'>I</span> <span m='132640'>do</span> <span m='132930'>things.</span> <span m='133620'>Time</span> <span m='133920'>management</span> <span m='134380'>is</span> <span m='134530'>very</span> <span m='134780'>important.</span> <span m='135960'>So</span> <span m='136530'>I</span> <span m='136680'>think</span> <span m='136880'>that's</span> <span m='137080'>something</span> <span m='137440'>that</span> <span m='137660'>is</span> <span m='137830'>a</span> <span m='138090'>great</span> <span m='138420'>skill</span> <span m='139230'>in</span> <span m='139360'>this</span> <span m='139540'>industry.</span> </p>","file":{"id":577038,"video_id":"","name":"2946-Patti - Garden Manager.mp4","duration":140527,"thumbnail_url":null}});