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Learn what they didn’t teach you in school

School gave you the foundations for a career in landscaping or horticulture. We want to give you the experience.

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Companies demand experience. We give it to you.

Our 30 week paid graduate program is designed to expose recent landscape and horticulture graduates to many different areas of the profession.

  • Hands On Learning

    Gain hands-on experience in various areas of our company. Choose from residential landscape construction and maintenance, horticultural care, commercial maintenance & turf care, water management, design, sales, estimating and corporate administration/ (including marketing, HR and accounting). This program is available at all of our locations.

  • Mentorship

    You won’t be doing this alone. Each graduate is assigned a personal mentor — an experienced leader at Gelderman who will guide and support you throughout the program. Your mentor will meet with you on a regular basis and evaluate your progress.

  • Competitive Edge

    Get ahead of every other recent graduate. Our program will teach you everything you didn’t learn in the classroom. You will gain experience and explore all areas of landscaping and horticulture before committing to one field.

How it Works

  • PHASE 1 (16 WEEKS)

    Work & shadow

    Experience different points of view every week by working four days in the field and one day shadowing a manager.

  • PHASE 2 (8 WEEKS)

    Learn & explore

    Spend two months working in the area of your choice.

  • PHASE 3 (4 WEEKS)

    Work & Shadow

    Choose a different area and work four days in the field and one day shadowing a manager.

  • PHASE 4 (2 WEEKS)

    Project & Evaluation

    Complete a final project, receive constructive feedback and present to the senior leadership team.

How to Apply

Our graduate program runs every year from May to November. Applications open in February. For more information please contact our human resources department.

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