Industry Insights into Horticulture and Land Management

Considering a career in Horticulture or Land Management, but don’t know where to begin?

On Tuesday, February 16th, Wyndham City, with The Gordon Skills and Jobs Centre’s support, presented to the community about upcoming opportunities for work and education in Horticulture and Land Management industries. 

Horticulture and Land Management is about agriculture, gardens and gardening, landscaping and the environment. What we eat, where we live and work, the best use of our land, the soil, water and air to grow the best environment for our community. 

We were joined by industry experts currently working in the field, Taylah Scolaro from All Green Nursery, James Brincat from Parks Victoria and education representatives, Peter Fitzgerald from The Gordon and Brendan Bolton from AMES Australia.

We were thrilled to be hosting this event for the community to highlight the fantastic job opportunities available and the education offered via AMES and The Gordon, to pathway you into employment.

Taylah Scolaro from All Green explaied the business employs 100 staff across 3 sites in the Wyndham & Epping regions, and they are looking to expand. The family-owned and operated business pride themselves on their family environment and their quality services and products. Taylah joined the panel today and advised of the different roles in their business, what they’re looking for in potential employees and their application process. 

Various roles with All Green include:

  • Nursery Retail Sales Assistants, team leaders, managers
  • Landscape business Support positions (supporting with plant orders)
  • Propagation Team – Assistants, Maintenance of plants, Irrigation experts, Disease control. 

Day to day responsibilities for employees in the propagation team:

  • Cutting
  • Repotting
  • Machinery operations
  • Physical Labour

Taylah explains the expansion of their propagation site would hopefully see All Green supplying plants to the majority of the Nursery’s across the Wyndham region right down to Geelong. The development would open up employment opportunities for the local community. 

James Brincat, the Area Chief Ranger at Werribee Park, joined the panel to represent Parks Victoria. Parks Victoria manages around 18% of the wetlands, parks and Gardens in Victoria. They have a team of around 12-15 people working across Wyndham parks; Rangers and Horticultural Rangers.

James highlights that Certificate qualifications in Horticulture are a base-level entry requirement for securing work with the organisation. 

He suggests inquiring about their Seasonal Ranger program which can pathway you into secure employment with Parks Victoria. Here
Applications for this program are open towards the end of October/November. it can be very competitive, therefore having some training and experience prior to applying can make you stand out from the other applicants!

Education! 
These opportunities seem too good to be true! But they’re not, and they’re ready now for you to express your interest and get involved!

AMES Australia has put together an Introduction to Horticulture and Land management pre-accredited training. This course will be great for those who want to build their industry language, skills for work and confidence to complete higher levels of education

If you think you need extra literacy and numeracy support before diving into accredited training, this course is for you! 

Brendan Bolton, who joined us on the panel will be facilitating the training. His intense knowledge of the industry and his hands-on experience will help you understand what’s involved in working in horticulture and land management and will almost certainly get you excited about moving on to the further training, or straight into employment. 

The next opportunity is one not to be missed. Peter Fitzgerald, the Program Manager of the EnviroTech department at The Gordon, has reached out to industry to find out what qualification are necessary for you to gain entry-level employment in horticulture and land management. 

With industry advice in mind, Peter has crafted a Horticulture and Land Management Short Course comprising 5 accredited units from the Certificate II in Horticulture. This part qualification will set you up for further education, or better yet employment with Horticulture partners around the Wyndham region.

To read more about these courses visit – https://www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/horticultureandlandmanagement

You can express your interest in either or both of these courses, and we will contact you about the next step! 

In closing, if you have a passion for gardening, would like a change of career, love working in team environments with ample support and guidance and enjoy working in the outdoors, this education to employment pathway is for you! 

Resources:

Watch the full Industry Insights into Horticulture and Land Management session: Click here

Wyndham City – Pathway Courses
Were your considering one of the pathway courses discussed on Tuesday at the session? Want to learn more?
Head to Wyndham City EOI page for more information – Click Here

Skills and Jobs Centre
For all your career and employment needs the Skills and Jobs Centre is here to help.
If you need Application. Resume or interview preparation support contact us today – Click Here to book
Alternatively contact us on 5225 0700 or email us at skillscentre@gordontafe.edu.au

All Green Nursery
Follow their Facebook page for regular job opportunities!
Visit their Website for more information on their business, their locations and their team!

Parks Victoria
Visit parks Victoria Website to get a more in depth insight on their business and the parks they manage and while you’re there, check out their Career Page

Thank you to Josh Badenoch from Wyndham City for facilitating the session, and for his role in collaborating and coordinating the education and employment pathways for our community.

Thank you again to everyone who joined us!

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