AUBURN, Ala.—As any employer knows, finding the right person for a job can be tricky. Similarly, high school and college students know it can be equally difficult to find the right job. The Alabama Green Industry jobs site offers a solution to help solve this problem for both parties.
Alabama Green Industry Training Center Website
The website is a collaborative effort between the Alabama Green Industry Training Center, the Alabama Nursery and Landscape Association, the Alabama Turfgrass Association, the Auburn Department of Horticulture and Alabama Cooperative Extension System. The site will have information about green industry opportunities and job descriptions. The types of jobs listed revolve around the specific growth and management of plants, from public garden horticulture to landscaping.
“A feature that I think is important is that there is one spot to connect both parties—people looking for jobs and companies looking for employees,” said Bethany O’Rear, a regional Extension agent involved with the project. “On the same page that individuals can upload a resume, companies can upload job descriptions.
The impact is statewide, she added. “There is information on the website about different sections of the industry, and there are also different geographic locations. There are green industry jobs in Alabama from the Tennessee River Valley to Mobile Bay.”
John Nabors, an administrator with the Alabama Green Industry Training Center, is dedicated to helping grow the green industry in the state. He called the new site a function of what the training center does every day.
“The goal is to get the word out about opportunities that exist,” he said. “We want to involve high school students in considering the green industry as a career path. There are all kinds of jobs. Whether you complete high school, get a two-year degree, or get a four-year degree, there are opportunities. We need business owners, supervisors, and laborers.”
Website Promotes Opportunities
One of the ways that the site connects with high school students is through a partnership with the Alabama Department of Education. An upcoming feature of the site is a marketing curriculum for teachers and faculty.
“There are many people in the state that provide education on the green industry, but our lesson plans aren’t about how to plant a shrub or a tree—they’re about opportunity,” said O’Rear. “The idea is to get school counselors and career techs to let students know about these opportunities while they are in high school.”
In addition to spreading the word about the green industry, Nabors and O’Rear want industries and schools to build partnerships.
“Projects like this perfectly complement the purpose of our organization,” said Russell Wood, executive director at Alabama Nursery and Landscape Association. “This site is gaining traction every day. It would not have been possible without the mutual support and partnership of ACES, AGITC, ATA, and Auburn Horticulture.”
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