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HORTICULTURAL MANAGER: Learned Gardening On The Job

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Carlos is a Horticultural Manager for the Butchart Gardens in Canada. Carlos explains his day to day, a little bit of his background in gardening and what he would have done differently in the past.

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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m='12180'>featuring</span> <span m='12530'>our</span> <span m='12610'>main</span> <span m='12870'>one,</span> <span m='13010'>which</span> <span m='13170'>is</span> <span m='13250'>in the</span> <span m='13340'>pictures</span> <span m='13780'>behind</span> <span m='14100'>me,</span> <span m='14160'>which</span> <span m='14370'>is</span> <span m='14510'>our</span> <span m='14660'>sunken</span> <span m='14990'>garden.</span> </p><p><span m='16040'>I</span> <span m='16170'>started</span> <span m='16490'>at the</span> <span m='16580'>gardens--</span> <span m='18090'>I</span> <span m='18310'>actually</span> <span m='19000'>lived</span> <span m='19220'>in</span> <span m='19300'>a</span> <span m='19410'>company</span> <span m='19690'>house</span> <span m='19920'>when I was born.</span> <span m='20420'>My</span> <span m='20590'>father</span> <span m='21030'>worked</span> <span m='21270'>at</span> <span m='21310'>the</span> <span m='21410'>gardens.</span> <span m='22480'>He</span> <span m='22810'>came</span> <span m='23090'>from</span> <span m='23340'>Portugal</span> <span m='23950'>and</span> <span m='24060'>started</span> <span m='24260'>working</span> <span m='24460'>at</span> <span m='24670'>Butchart</span> <span m='24840'>Gardens.</span> <span m='25170'>He</span> <span m='25290'>worked</span> <span m='25480'>there</span> <span m='25570'>for</span> <span m='25700'>35</span> <span m='26230'>years</span> <span m='26630'>and</span> <span m='26790'>he</span> <span m='26930'>retired</span> <span m='27300'>as</span> <span m='27460'>the head</span> <span m='27630'>gardener.</span> <span m='28580'>And</span> <span m='28950'>basically,</span> <span m='29550'>he</span> <span m='29680'>took</span> <span m='29860'>me</span> <span m='30020'>into</span> <span m='30330'>work</span> <span m='30650'>when</span> <span m='30770'>I</span> <span m='30790'>was</span> <span m='30890'>14</span> <span m='31290'>years</span> <span m='31550'>old</span> <span m='31840'>and</span> <span m='31940'>started</span> <span m='32350'>me at the</span> <span m='32409'>gardens</span> <span m='33190'>and</span> <span m='33380'>I've</span> <span m='33470'>developed</span> <span m='34260'>my</span> <span m='34460'>career</span> <span m='34820'>through</span> <span m='35040'>the</span> <span m='35160'>gardens.</span> </p><p><span m='37000'>I've</span> <span m='37150'>basically</span> <span m='37510'>done</span> <span m='37680'>my</span> <span m='37820'>apprenticeship</span> <span m='38310'>through</span> <span m='38430'>the</span> <span m='38530'>gardens.</span> <span m='38930'>I've</span> <span m='39020'>done</span> <span m='39600'>turf.</span> <span m='39950'>I've</span> <span m='40020'>worked</span> <span m='40270'>in our</span> <span m='40480'>nurseries.</span> <span m='41660'>I</span> <span m='41760'>worked</span> <span m='42030'>in</span> <span m='42090'>our</span> <span m='42170'>greenhouse</span> <span m='42640'>at</span> <span m='42780'>times,</span> <span m='43290'>and</span> <span m='43430'>I</span> <span m='43470'>worked</span> <span m='43670'>my</span> <span m='43740'>way</span> <span m='43870'>through</span> <span m='44030'>the</span> <span m='44130'>company</span> <span m='44790'>and</span> <span m='45140'>now</span> <span m='45290'>I</span> <span m='45390'>manage</span> <span m='45800'>our</span> <span m='45920'>gardening</span> <span m='46210'>department,</span> <span m='46710'>which</span> <span m='46950'>has</span> <span m='47130'>a</span> <span m='47190'>total</span> <span m='47530'>staff</span> <span m='47820'>of</span> <span m='47910'>70 people</span> <span m='48300'>in the summer time.</span> </p><p><span m='50120'>I</span> <span m='50240'>probably</span> <span m='50620'>would</span> <span m='50850'>have</span> <span m='51020'>gone</span> <span m='51820'>to</span> <span m='51930'>do</span> <span m='52400'>one</span> <span m='52550'>of</span> <span m='52590'>the</span> <span m='52680'>educational</span> <span m='53190'>courses.</span> <span m='53730'>There's</span> <span m='53910'>a</span> <span m='53960'>number</span> <span m='54180'>of</span> <span m='54230'>courses</span> <span m='54820'>at</span> <span m='55620'>BCIT</span> <span m='57600'>that</span> <span m='57740'>are</span> <span m='57880'>very</span> <span m='58130'>helpful,</span> <span m='58430'>just</span> <span m='58630'>to give</span> <span m='58730'>you</span> <span m='58880'>a</span> <span m='58930'>basic</span> <span m='59240'>of</span> <span m='59330'>knowledge.</span> <span m='59960'>One of</span> <span m='60140'>the</span> <span m='60290'>things that</span> <span m='60450'>I</span> <span m='60530'>do</span> <span m='60680'>when</span> <span m='60800'>I'm</span> <span m='60880'>hiring--</span> <span m='61300'>I'm</span> <span m='61410'>looking</span> <span m='61680'>for</span> <span m='62360'>employees</span> <span m='62920'>now--</span> <span m='63600'>I</span> <span m='63710'>try and</span> <span m='63980'>support</span> <span m='64349'>our</span> <span m='64450'>local</span> <span m='65790'>horticultural</span> <span m='66370'>schools.</span> </p><p><span m='66810'>So</span> <span m='67120'>all</span> <span m='67350'>the</span> <span m='67430'>staff</span> <span m='67840'>that I</span> <span m='67920'>hire</span> <span m='68200'>now</span> <span m='68900'>have</span> <span m='69070'>gone</span> <span m='69340'>through</span> <span m='69490'>a</span> <span m='69550'>program,</span> <span m='69970'>so</span> <span m='70150'>they've got</span> <span m='70290'>a</span> <span m='70310'>little</span> <span m='70440'>bit</span> <span m='70540'>of</span> <span m='70630'>a</span> <span m='70690'>base</span> <span m='71060'>of</span> <span m='71160'>education.</span> <span m='72190'>I</span> <span m='72320'>sort of</span> <span m='72480'>learned</span> <span m='72730'>on</span> <span m='72880'>the</span> <span m='72960'>fly,</span> <span m='73810'>but</span> <span m='73960'>it's</span> <span m='74300'>so</span> <span m='74440'>much</span> <span m='74630'>nicer</span> <span m='74970'>when</span> <span m='75110'>people</span> <span m='75370'>have</span> <span m='75570'>that</span> <span m='75600'>little</span> <span m='75780'>bit</span> <span m='75900'>of</span> <span m='75990'>education.</span> <span m='76670'>They</span> <span m='76750'>do</span> <span m='76870'>a</span> <span m='76930'>lot</span> <span m='77110'>of</span> <span m='77210'>plant</span> <span m='77910'>identification,</span> <span m='78800'>learn</span> <span m='79000'>about</span> <span m='79220'>different</span> <span m='79470'>growing</span> <span m='79770'>conditions,</span> <span m='80430'>and</span> <span m='80570'>then</span> <span m='80710'>we</span> <span m='80870'>just</span> <span m='81100'>fine</span> <span m='81380'>tune</span> <span m='81600'>their</span> <span m='81740'>skills</span> <span m='82040'>as</span> <span m='82340'>we</span> <span m='82640'>teach</span> <span 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