Gertens is rapidly growing and we're looking for people who enjoy plants, have a passion for gardening, or things associated with yards, gardens or landscapes. If you're a person who enjoys the changing seasons, come and be a part of our “growing” family. We have many positions and opportunities open for you.
As we continue to grow, we now have all types of positions to meet anyone's schedule. There are full-time permanent career opportunities, seasonal full-time and part-time opportunities, and permanent part-time positions. If you love working in the garden, enjoy yard work, or just the experience you've gained from the great outdoors, as we grow, there's not a better time to become part of the Gertens experience. We'll commit to training you so you're comfortable with customers. We'll make sure you're working with experienced co-workers who have the focus and skill set to make you successful.
Enjoy people, love the outdoors? Even if you're already employed, Gertens has multiple opportunities to “grow” with us.
IT Staff (permanent/part-time)
The IT department is looking for a star to fill a key role in the support and development of IT systems. Are you curious about all parts of technology? Have you played with Android Studio and/or Xcode? What do you know about networking? Do you know what the parts of a great website are and how they inter-operate? Do you want to learn? Do you want to be involved? Do you understand Accounting? Marketing? Gardening? Landscape Design? GPS? VPN? Do you really want to understand how things work together?
There's the potential for a little bit of everything in this role - day-to-support, user administration, script and app development, website support, technical documentation, networking, IP cameras, telephones, firewalls, content management, applications, servers, workstations, peripherals, you name it. No one person is expected to know everything, but we do everything we can to help each other out. This is a great opportunity to be exposed to new technologies and business concepts. Whether you're still studying in college and/or technical school or winding down your career and want a new challenge, Gertens has a great opportunity for you to grow with us.
Garden Center Positions:
Seasonal full-time / full-time
Position duties include assisting our customers in planning, estimating and purchasing our high quality plant material for their landscapes. Other garden center tasks will be included. Applicants must be highly motivated to sell with excellent communication skills combined with a strong 2-4 year working knowledge of woody and herbaceous plant material.
B.S. degree in horticulture or vocational certificate is preferred. Successful full-time applicants will be placed on Gertens management 18 month training track.
Send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Desk Sales:
Position duties include assisting our customers in planning, estimating and purchasing our high quality plant material for their landscapes. Other garden center tasks will be included. Applicants should be highly motivated with strong math and communication skills. A strong 2-4 year working knowledge or prior landscape foreman position with a sales background is preferred. B.S. degree in Horticulture or landscape design is preferred. Full-time successful Applicants will be placed on the Gertens 18 month management track.
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Position duties include the installation and maintenance of our landscaping and grounds for all Gertens locations. Strong working knowledge and cultural knowledge of Annuals, Perennials, Trees and Shrubs, combined with a 2-4 year working knowledge in garden/landscape maintenance is preferred. Successful applicants should be able to work independently or in a team setting.
Send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.