Education And Training
If you've already begun planting a garden, or if you enjoy mowing or taking care of the lawn, you're on the right track. An interest in flora is also helpful, since you will be working with plants, flowers, and trees daily. But how do you get involved in this industry?
Entry-level positions usually don't require formal education. You will learn all you need to know by on-the-job training. You must be willing to learn duties of the job and show enthusiasm in order to get ahead. It's also essential that you're able to follow directions. Your supervisor will teach you how to do your job, but you have to be open to learning.
If you're going to be working with pesticides (chemicals that are used to kill unwanted “pests” that destroy plants), most states will require you to pass a test. They will test you on your knowledge of using, and disposing properly of, pesticides. It's a precautionary procedure that is used to ensure that no person is harmed by these toxic chemicals.
There are many schools and organizations that offer gardening classes for people of all ages and levels of skill. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden offers classes such as Earth Movers, for thirteen- to seventeen-year-olds, and Discovery Programs to learn more about plant life. Check your local phone book for schools in your area that offer these kinds of classes.
You can start right now by learning all you can about gardening and putting your new knowledge to practice. You can plant a garden in your backyard, or if space is limited, you can even plant flowers in a flowerpot on your windowsill. The possibilities are endless!
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