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HORTICULTURAL MANAGER, IN-DEPTH: Love The Finished Product

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Carlos is a Horticultural Manager for the Butchart Gardens in Victoria, Canada. Carlos goes into depth of the history of how he got involved with the gardens, what he likes and dislikes the most about being a manager and the lifestyle working in a garden gives you.

Job Title: Horticultural Manager
Employer: The Butchart Gardens

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
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Landscape Architecture
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<span m='9790'>the</span> <span m='9880'>gardens--</span> <span m='11310'>I'm</span> <span m='11440'>not</span> <span m='11870'>much</span> <span m='12230'>into</span> <span m='12310'>the</span> <span m='12450'>maintenance,</span> <span m='12890'>I</span> <span m='12920'>don't</span> <span m='13270'>appreciate</span> <span m='13720'>maintenance,</span> <span m='13840'>but</span> <span m='14420'>I</span> <span m='14520'>love</span> <span m='14730'>landscaping.</span> <span m='15240'>I love</span> <span m='15460'>creating</span> <span m='15840'>new</span> <span m='16050'>features,</span> <span m='17110'>doing</span> <span m='17330'>landscape</span> <span m='17810'>projects.</span> <span m='18220'>I</span> <span m='18250'>love</span> <span m='18460'>challenges.</span> </p><p><span m='20910'>My</span> <span m='21030'>biggest</span> <span m='21390'>dislike</span> <span m='21800'>of</span> <span m='22330'>my</span> <span m='22510'>job</span> <span m='22900'>now</span> <span m='23210'>is</span> <span m='23340'>as</span> <span m='23510'>I</span> <span m='23560'>move</span> <span m='23830'>through</span> <span m='24040'>into</span> <span m='24210'>management</span> <span m='25410'>I</span> <span m='25550'>tend</span> <span m='25740'>to</span> <span m='25800'>be</span> <span m='25970'>managing</span> <span m='26370'>people</span> <span m='26730'>more,</span> <span m='27090'>rather</span> <span m='27410'>than</span> <span m='27540'>just</span> <span m='27730'>a</span> <span m='27780'>hands</span> <span m='28120'>on.</span> <span m='28280'>I</span> <span m='29250'>almost</span> <span m='29490'>love</span> <span m='29620'>to</span> <span m='29700'>get</span> <span m='29840'>home</span> <span m='30180'>and</span> <span m='30280'>then</span> <span m='30390'>work</span> <span m='30560'>for</span> <span m='30640'>my</span> <span m='30770'>own</span> <span m='31020'>yard.</span> <span m='31420'>I find it</span> <span m='32009'>very</span> <span m='32259'>therapeutic</span> <span m='33270'>to</span> <span m='33360'>be</span> <span m='33460'>able</span> <span m='33620'>to</span> <span m='33710'>work</span> <span m='33970'>in</span> <span m='34060'>the</span> <span m='34140'>garden</span> <span m='34400'>and</span> <span m='34660'>do</span> <span m='34790'>things</span> <span m='35180'>with</span> <span m='35380'>my</span> <span m='35510'>hands</span> <span m='35900'>again.</span> </p><p><span m='36920'>A key</span> <span m='37150'>decision</span> <span m='37590'>in</span> <span m='37720'>my</span> <span m='37890'>career,</span> <span m='39000'>I</span> <span m='39140'>think</span> <span m='39320'>it's</span> <span m='39450'>just</span> <span m='40470'>finding</span> <span m='40740'>the</span> <span m='40830'>right</span> <span m='41030'>place</span> <span m='41240'>and</span> <span m='41340'>finding</span> <span m='41580'>the</span> <span m='41640'>right</span> <span m='41820'>company.</span> <span m='42350'>Our</span> <span m='42460'>company</span> <span m='43490'>is</span> <span m='43710'>very</span> <span m='44080'>good,</span> <span m='44350'>and</span> <span m='44540'>I</span> <span m='44600'>think</span> <span m='45520'>that's</span> <span m='45660'>one of</span> <span m='45680'>the</span> <span m='45760'>biggest</span> <span m='46100'>things</span> <span m='46310'>to</span> <span m='46420'>being</span> <span m='46670'>happy</span> <span m='47220'>in</span> <span m='47380'>employment</span> <span m='47640'>no</span> <span m='47900'>matter</span> <span m='48160'>where</span> <span m='48600'>you're</span> <span m='48740'>working,</span> <span m='49100'>or</span> <span m='49430'>what</span> <span m='49610'>I</span> <span m='49750'>find</span> <span m='50540'>is</span> <span m='50640'>the</span> <span m='50730'>company's</span> <span m='51130'>got</span> <span m='51360'>to</span> <span m='51440'>be a</span> <span m='51880'>good</span> <span m='51980'>company</span> <span m='52250'>to</span> <span m='52340'>work</span> <span m='52580'>for.</span> <span m='52950'>You</span> <span m='53030'>need</span> <span m='53160'>to</span> <span m='53200'>be</span> <span m='53310'>respected</span> <span m='53850'>by</span> <span m='54090'>your</span> <span m='54210'>employers.</span> </p><p><span m='55570'>We</span> <span m='55730'>try</span> <span m='55950'>and</span> <span m='56420'>treat</span> <span m='56610'>all of</span> <span m='56770'>our</span> <span m='56840'>employees</span> <span m='57230'>with</span> <span m='57370'>respect,</span> <span m='58020'>because</span> <span m='58750'>I</span> <span m='58860'>want</span> <span m='59350'>to</span> <span m='59450'>treat</span> <span m='59650'>people</span> <span m='59960'>the way I</span> <span m='60080'>want</span> <span m='60260'>to</span> <span m='60300'>be</span> <span m='60410'>treated.</span> <span m='61380'>And I think</span> <span m='61470'>that's</span> <span m='61770'>one of the</span> <span m='61840'>biggest</span> <span m='62120'>things,</span> <span m='62290'>we</span> <span m='62400'>have</span> <span m='62540'>a</span> <span m='62580'>very</span> <span m='63440'>fine</span> <span m='63700'>family</span> <span m='64080'>history.</span> <span m='65139'>The</span> <span m='65459'>gardens</span> <span m='65870'>themselves,</span> <span m='66560'>the</span> <span m='66720'>founders</span> <span m='67960'>great-grandson</span> <span m='69310'>or</span> <span m='69410'>grandson,</span> <span m='70520'>he</span> <span m='71220'>gave</span> <span m='71380'>my</span> <span m='71500'>day</span> <span m='71800'>a job</span> <span m='72140'>and brought him</span> <span m='72460'>in</span> <span m='72540'>and</span> <span m='73020'>basically</span> <span m='74470'>set</span> <span m='74670'>him</span> <span m='74850'>up</span> <span m='75010'>in Victoria.</span> <span m='75345'>So</span> <span m='75680'>I've</span> <span m='75820'>always</span> <span m='76070'>had</span> <span m='76530'>a</span> <span m='76870'>lot</span> <span m='77120'>of</span> <span m='77190'>respect</span> <span m='77640'>for</span> <span m='77810'>our</span> <span m='77900'>company</span> <span m='78810'>for our</span> <span m='79300'>ownership.</span> </p><p><span m='79790'>In</span> <span m='79950'>our</span> <span m='80100'>industry</span> <span m='80750'>how</span> <span m='80930'>difficult</span> <span m='81290'>is it to</span> <span m='81340'>get</span> <span m='81440'>a</span> <span m='81550'>job?</span> <span m='82170'>Our industry</span> <span m='82960'>fluctuates</span> <span m='83430'>a</span> <span m='83490'>lot,</span> <span m='83780'>like</span> <span m='83940'>in</span> <span m='84000'>Victoria</span> <span m='84400'>we</span> <span m='84610'>are a</span> <span m='84750'>garden</span> <span m='85080'>city,</span> <span m='85800'>so</span> <span m='87050'>there's</span> <span m='87270'>lots</span> <span m='87630'>of</span> <span m='87720'>employment</span> <span m='88180'>opportunities</span> <span m='88900'>in</span> <span m='89000'>landscape</span> <span m='89540'>profession.</span> <span m='90690'>At</span> <span m='90880'>our</span> <span m='91100'>place of</span> <span m='91410'>employment</span> <span m='91860'>we</span> <span m='92000'>have</span> <span m='92130'>lots</span> <span m='92390'>of</span> <span m='92470'>long</span> <span m='92680'>term</span> <span m='92850'>employees.</span> <span m='93190'>We</span> <span m='93300'>don't</span> <span m='93430'>get</span> <span m='93530'>a</span> <span m='93570'>big</span> <span m='93720'>turnover of</span> <span m='94210'>staff.</span> </p><p><span m='95440'>Our</span> <span m='95640'>average</span> <span m='96170'>career</span> <span m='97760'>length</span> <span m='98120'>of</span> <span m='98230'>staff</span> <span m='98650'>in our</span> <span m='98790'>full-time</span> <span m='99160'>department</span> <span m='99600'>is about</span> <span m='99750'>25-30</span> <span m='100580'>years,</span> <span m='101230'>so</span> <span m='101360'>we</span> <span m='101430'>don't</span> <span m='101560'>get</span> <span m='101640'>a</span> <span m='101660'>lot</span> <span m='101820'>of</span> <span m='101890'>turnover.</span> <span m='102270'>We</span> <span m='102440'>might</span> <span m='102670'>hire</span> <span m='102900'>one</span> <span m='103090'>or</span> <span m='103190'>two</span> <span m='103310'>people</span> <span m='103610'>every</span> <span m='103780'>couple</span> <span m='104010'>of</span> <span m='104060'>years</span> <span m='104720'>for</span> <span m='104900'>full-time</span> <span m='105330'>basis.</span> <span m='105920'>So</span> <span m='105970'>we're a</span> <span m='106280'>difficult</span> <span m='106630'>place</span> <span m='106820'>to</span> <span m='106900'>get</span> <span m='107020'>into,</span> <span m='107750'>but</span> <span m='107880'>the</span> <span m='107940'>landscape</span> <span m='108520'>industry</span> <span m='109350'>is</span> <span m='109560'>a</span> <span m='109600'>very</span> <span m='109870'>good</span> <span m='110010'>spot</span> <span m='111140'>to</span> <span m='111350'>find</span> <span m='111860'>employment.</span> </p><p><span m='112840'>Work-life</span> <span m='113310'>balance--</span> <span m='115610'>for</span> <span m='115780'>us</span> <span m='115960'>we're</span> <span m='117150'>40</span> <span m='117460'>hours</span> <span m='117760'>of</span> <span m='117840'>work</span> <span m='118080'>a</span> <span m='118140'>week,</span> <span m='118610'>which</span> <span m='118780'>is</span> <span m='118920'>very</span> <span m='119210'>nice</span> <span m='119500'>and</span> <span m='119860'>manageable.</span> <span m='120450'>Like</span> <span m='120680'>I</span> <span m='120730'>said,</span> <span m='121740'>I</span> <span m='121880'>almost</span> <span m='122060'>find it</span> <span m='122290'>therapeutic</span> <span m='122740'>to</span> <span m='122840'>come</span> <span m='123450'>home</span> <span m='123730'>and</span> <span m='123890'>do,</span> <span m='124020'>so</span> <span m='124190'>I</span> <span m='124250'>don't</span> <span m='124840'>necessarily</span> <span m='125320'>feel</span> <span m='125510'>like</span> <span m='125650'>it's</span> <span m='125760'>work</span> <span m='126040'>when</span> <span m='126150'>I'm</span> <span m='126280'>actually</span> <span m='126490'>gardening or</span> <span m='126840'>landscape.</span> <span m='127470'>You</span> <span m='127640'>know,</span> <span m='127800'>it</span> <span m='127860'>is</span> <span m='128000'>a</span> <span m='128380'>Monday</span> <span m='128630'>to</span> <span m='128720'>Friday,</span> <span m='129120'>eight</span> <span m='129210'>hour</span> <span m='129460'>a</span> <span m='129560'>day</span> <span m='129620'>job,</span> <span m='130979'>but</span> <span m='131330'>most</span> <span m='131660'>of</span> <span m='131740'>our</span> <span m='131890'>staff</span> <span m='132390'>enjoy</span> <span m='132810'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='133520'>If you</span> <span m='133620'>see any of</span> <span m='133780'>our</span> <span m='134050'>staff</span> <span m='134450'>homes</span> <span m='134990'>we</span> <span m='135150'>all</span> <span m='135390'>have</span> <span m='135680'>gardens.</span> <span m='136860'>We</span> <span m='137010'>all</span> <span m='137510'>take</span> <span m='137910'>pride</span> <span m='138370'>in planet</span> <span m='138540'>material,</span> <span m='139000'>and like</span> <span m='139070'>I said,</span> <span m='139210'>we</span> <span m='139360'>find</span> <span m='139590'>it</span> <span m='139660'>therapeutic.</span> <span m='140810'>And</span> <span m='140920'>then</span> <span m='141020'>we</span> <span m='141160'>also</span> <span m='141410'>do find</span> <span m='141850'>time,</span> <span m='142670'>I</span> <span m='142780'>do</span> <span m='142900'>lots</span> <span m='143130'>of</span> <span m='143180'>recreational</span> <span m='143680'>things.</span> <span m='144060'>We</span> <span m='144660'>have</span> <span m='144990'>lots</span> <span m='145280'>of</span> <span m='145340'>opportunity</span> <span m='145870'>in</span> <span m='145960'>Victoria.</span> <span m='146460'>It's</span> <span m='146600'>a</span> <span m='146640'>beautiful</span> <span m='147220'>city</span> <span m='147910'>and</span> <span m='148040'>there's</span> <span m='148160'>lots</span> <span m='148370'>of</span> <span m='148480'>opportunities</span> <span m='149180'>to</span> <span m='149470'>enjoy</span> <span m='149830'>the</span> <span m='150180'>outdoors.</span> </p>","file":{"id":585709,"video_id":"","name":"2951-Carlos - Horticultural Manager IN DEPTH.mp4","duration":151301,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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