All positions are currently filled. Gertens is no longer accepting applications for the 2014 season.
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.