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Employment Opportunities

Come grow with us! Do you enjoy plants, or things associated with yards, gardens or landscapes? Are you upbeat, energetic and enjoy helping others? Look no further than Gertens! If you are a person who enjoys the changing seasons, come and be a part of our “growing” family of businesses.

We have many positions and opportunities open for you – with our main location being in Inver Grove Heights, and also three landscape supply yards located in Inver Grove Heights, Eagan and Denmark Township.

There are all types of positions available to meet anyone’s needs. We have full time, part time and seasonal opportunities available.

Some of our benefits may include:

  • Competitive wages

  • Day, evening and weekend schedules

  • Scholarships available

  • Employee discounts

  • Bonus opportunities

  • Health and Dental insurance

  • Profit sharing and 401k plans

  • Manager track training program

  • Employee referral bonus


CURRENT OPENINGS:

Assistant Manager:
Gertens Gift & Outdoor Living Departments has an immediate opening for an Assistant Manager. Gertens is accepting applications and resumes for a sales driven individual to assist leading the Gift and Outdoor Living Departments in reaching its sales goals, employee development and customer experience.

Applicants should possess the following skills:

  • P.O.S. Trained
  • Customer driven with a proven track record of impacting customers in a positive way
  • Detail oriented
  • Two years' sales experience or sales certificate, with a proven track record of selling high-end products and services
All interested applicants forward resume and/or applications to hr@gertens.com.
Resume deadline: August 5, 2016

Diesel Mechanic:
Gertens has an immediate opening for a qualified diesel mechanic. You will be responsible for
preventative maintenance and repairs. As our mechanic your duties will be to inspect, diagnose,
and repair trucks, loaders, skids and trailers.

Benefits, key responsibilities and requirements include:

  • Competitive wages
  • Health insurance
  • 401K
  • Profit sharing
  • Paid time off
  • Full time position
  • Overtime opportunities
  • Must have diesel mechanic experience
  • Familiar with truck engines, equipment engines and hydraulic systems
    knowledge
  • Tool allowance

Garden Center Cashiers:
Immediate openings for upbeat and energetic cashiers in our Garden Center. Key responsibilities & requirements include:

  • Approachable and friendly demeanor
  • Customer Service
  • Accurately check out customers

Customer Carry-outs:
Immediate openings for carry-outs at our Garden Center. If you enjoy being outdoors and physical work, this is the job for you. Key responsibilities & requirements include:

  • Assisting customers with their purchases and loading items into vehicles
  • Directing customers to various locations of the store
  • Ability to lift and carry heavy objects

Plant Sales:
Immediate openings for plant sales. This job involves getting your hands in the “dirt” and giving great service to our customers. Key responsibilities & requirements include:

  • Assisting customers with plant selection and care
  • Watering and maintaining plants
  • Knowledge of flowers, perennials, trees and shrubs

Landscape Project Desk Sales:
Immediate openings for Landscape Project Desk Sales. Key responsibilities & requirements include:

  • Assisting customers with planning, estimating and purchasing plants and landscape materials
  • Good math and communication skills required.
  • Horticulture or landscape foreman/designer is preferred

Landscape Supply Yard Sales Assistant:
Immediate opening at our Landscape Supply Yard Office. Key responsibilities & requirements include:

  • Assisting customers with orders and pricing
  • Support staff to Buyers
  • Attention to detail and good math skills preferred

Landscape Supply Yard Equipment Operator:
Immediate openings in our Landscape Supply Yard for an Equipment Operator. Key responsibilities & requirements include:

  • Customer service
  • Loading customers’ vehicles with supplies and materials
  • Inspecting incoming / outgoing loads
  • Operating various equipment such as fork lifts, skid steer loaders and front end loaders
  • Good safety record
  • Ability to lift and carry heavy objects

Commercial Sales:
Immediate openings for Sales at our Commercial Sales building. Key responsibilities & requirements include:

  • Strong customer service skills

  • Scheduling deliveries and processing orders in Point of Sale system
  • Merchandising
  • Phone sales and interacting with customers

Plant Order Pullers:
Immediate openings for Plant Order Pullers at our Commercial Sales department. Key responsibilities & requirements include:

  • Fulfilling customer orders
  • Loading and unloading plant trucks
  • Stocking nursery yard
  • Ability to lift and carry heavy objects

Commercial Drivers:
Immediate openings for Commercial Drivers. Key responsibilities & requirements include:

  • Friendly / Good communication skills/li>
  • CDL license required
  • Motivated and energetic
  • Ability to lift and carry heavy objects
  • Safe driving record

Download the 2016 Gertens
Employee Application here.

Read what Kathryn had to say about her experience here.

I'm so lucky.

Sometimes, I dont know how I fail to see that.

I love the place I work. As every job does, there are some not-so-fun parts, some bad or exhausting days.... but lately I've just felt the need to express how grateful I am for this place.

For one, my co-workers. They are great. It is weird to think about how seriously they are involved with my life. With all this change that is going on, I always express my fears and worries, and they are right there, listening and offering advice. It sounds cheesy, but each one really has a specific place that they can relate, that they can help or that I can help, that just really confirms that there is a good reason for them to be in my life. Sharing an excitement/passion for adventure and travel, encouraging me in my profession and helping me build confidence, relating and bonding over singleness, nerding out about plants or hardscape products, just sharing life with me.... 

The overall sense of service. Yes, I work in a retail environment- it is a lot about customer service. It is in the job description. But a lot of times it seems like more than that. Even though we are "supposed" to go that extra mile for customers- I think a lot of times we already strive to without thinking. Attitude and manners are top priorities. Without being asked I see guys on lunch break offer to help a customer push out several carts of plants to his truck, I see managers get their hands dirty right alongside everyone else to help when needed, I see people from different departments go out of there way to make things easier for someone else....

The connections, networking, and support. I have used connections and relationships that I have formed in this job so many times in the past year. After my first season (last year) I found a different job starting up in march. I used references and resources straight from relationships formed here. And graciously accepted me back in June.

I get to help people. The position I have involves a lot of different tasks, but probably my favorite part is helping people with DIY projects. Seeing them excited about a project, makes me excited to help them make it happen. I get to share what I know and what I like in combination with what they want and need.

In the beginning, I have no idea why I took this job. I wasn't that excited about it. They didn't offer the particular position I was hoping for.... My first week I was so overwhlemed- it was too big of a company, there where too many people to meet, too much to learn, and it seemed like a job I should have had in high school- not with a college diploma. I had no place to live and thought I had made a big mistake.

I'm not even sure how or when my perspective changed. But it is just so encouraging to look back and see that something good and very important can come out of something that I would never expect. Something that is less than MY "perfect" ideal plan is part of something bigger and better for me than I know.

Thanks Kathryn it has been a pleasure having you with us.

 


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