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Landscape & Natural Resources

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This program is designed to help students develop a wide range of skills needed for jobs in the horticulture, landscaping, environmental, and forestry industries.

This newly formed program has blended the previous Environmental Occupations and Landscape Management programs to better serve our students and the employers in our communities.

Instructors

John Kreitzer
Level I & II Instructor
kreitzerj@uppervalleycc.org
937.778.1980 x217

Jim Metz
Instructor Level II
metzj@uppervalleycc.org
937.778.1980 x748

Michaella Quinter
Instructor Level I
quinterm@uppervalleycc.org
937.778.8763 x732 

Student Information Sheet

What We Do in Landscape & Natural Resources

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Skills for the Future

  • Landscape Drafting & Design

  • Landscape Installation

  • Business Ownership

  • Greenhouse and Hydroponic Growing

  • Plant Identification

  • Equipment Safety and Operation 

  • Operating a tractor

  • Reading and interpretation of maps

  • Guiding nature and museum tours

  • Using tree-climbing equipment

  • Using wildlife management skills

  • Using a chainsaw safely

  • Conducting prescribed burns

  • Trimming a tree correctly

  • Performing water testing

  • Earning trapper certification

  • Cutting and splitting firewood

  • Being environmentally aware

  • Identifying waterfowl

  • Operating a skid loader

  • Making maple syrup

  • Constructing museum exhibits 

Landscape & Natural Resources is...

Construction

  • Plumbing - irrigation and water features

  • Electrical - landscape lighting

  • Carpentry - pergolas, decks, and other landscape structures

Engineering

  • Implement the skills and knowledge learned to provide solutions for landscaping and hardscaping projects

Art & Design

  • Design, create, and bring out the natural beauty of outdoor spaces

  • Create functional and eye-appealing solutions to client spaces

A Viable, Full-time Career

  • Jobs are abundant in this field. Companies are currently turning down thousands of dollars in work each year work due to a lack of technicians.

  • Many landscaping companies are offering college scholarship opportunities for their employees.

  • Careers in landscape management are year-round opportunities and not simply warm-weather jobs

Career Development

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Career Opportunities

  • Nursery | Greenhouse Technician

  • Landscape Construction or Designer

  • Park Maintenance | Park Manager

  • Tree Service | Urban Forestry

  • Irrigation or Water Quality Technician

  • Park Ranger | Wildlife Officer

  • Wildlife or Fisheries Technician

  • Business Owner | Entrepreneur

Industry Outlook

There are over 60,000 landscape professional jobs available each year with salaries ranging from $35,000 to well over $115,000.

Source: National Association of Landscape Professionals 

Work-Based Learning Opportunities

Students who qualify have the opportunity to participate in one of three options for career development during their senior year. All three programs allow students to work within their career field while attending school on a modified schedule, so you they gain skills, experience and competitive wages.

Learn more here!

Career Advancement

College Credit Agreements

  • Clark State Community College - up to 4 semester hours 

  • Edison State Community College - up to 4 semester hours

  • CTAG - up to 6 semester hours

  • Many landscape companies are offering college scholarships to employees who sign with them 

Professional Certifications & Training

  • Chainsaw, Skid Steer, and Tractor Operator

  • Ohio Certified Nursery Technician

  • Pesticide Applicator’s License

  • Hunter Safety & Trapper Education

  • Ohio Safe Boater License

  • Certified Paver Installer

  • ATV Rider Course

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