A fu­ture as a green fin­gered worker

Rutherglen Reformer - - Scotcareers - Re­cruit­ment

Gar­den­ers are re­spon­si­ble for grow­ing and cul­ti­vat­ing all types of plants like flow­ers, trees, shrubs and lawns in a va­ri­ety of green spa­ces.

If you are pas­sion­ate about na­ture and the en­vi­ron­ment, this could be the var­ied and ful­fill­ing ca­reer that you’re look­ing for.

To be a gar­dener, you’ll need to en­joy a prac­ti­cal, out­doors life­style.

Cre­ativ­ity and an eye for de­tail will help you to grow gar­dens that of­fer en­joy­ment and in­ter­est all year round.

There is no set en­try route to be­come a gar­dener. Em­ploy­ers look for gar­den­ing skills and knowl­edge, and ex­pe­ri­ence. You can study to­wards qual­i­fi­ca­tions be­fore you look for work.

There may also be op­por­tu­ni­ties to be­come a gar­dener through an Ap­pren­tice­ship scheme.

Gar­den­ing can be a var­ied and re­ward­ing job. Your work could in­volve a num­ber of dif­fer­ent tasks which could in­clude: • Rais­ing plants from seeds or

cut­tings. • Dig­ging, plant­ing and weed­ing

flower beds and bor­ders • Prun­ing shrubs, check­ing the health of plants by iden­ti­fy­ing any pests or dis­eases and con­trol­ling them • Ap­ply­ing nu­tri­ents to plants and

main­tain­ing mois­ture lev­els • Us­ing ma­chin­ery such as lawn mow­ers, ro­to­va­tors and hedge trim­mers • Main­tain­ing high lev­els of pre­sen­ta­tion in pub­lic parks and gar­dens • Clean­ing and main­tain­ing tools and equip­ment. You could also be in­volved in de­sign­ing plant­ing schemes for gar­dens. You would use your plant knowl­edge to make sure that your gar­den had some­thing to of­fer all year round. This could in­clude po­si­tion­ing plants so they work well to­gether, match­ing plant sizes and plant­ing so that flow­ers bloom or shrubs come into leaf at dif­fer­ent times.

You may also carry out ba­sic build­ing tasks, such as putting up sheds and build­ing walls, fences and pa­tios.

If you have a job with a lo­cal author­ity, you will usu­ally work 37 hours a week. Your work­ing hours could vary de­pend­ing on the time of year. You may be able to do over­time, week­end and part­time work, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing busy times.

If you are self-em­ployed you can ar­range your own hours. You may need to be flex­i­ble if your work is dis­rupted by the weather.

There is no fixed en­try route to be­come a gar­dener. To work as a gar­dener you would need to be able to demon­strate to em­ploy­ers that you have the gar­den­ing skills, knowl­edge and en­thu­si­asm they are look­ing for. Ex­pe­ri­ence in gar­den­ing or a hor­ti­cul­tural role is highly val­ued by em­ploy­ers.

As a gar­dener work­ing for a lo­cal author­ity you could earn be­tween £12,000 and £18,000 a year.

A head gar­dener, for ex­am­ple, at a her­itage at­trac­tion or land­scaped park, could earn £25,000 a year or more.

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