A Fresh Career in Horticulture
Hi, my name is Josh.
I am busy cultivating a fresh career in horticulture!
Horticulture is not just a direction for me, but a passion.
I am very interested in:
- Landscape design and implementation
- Growing food, particularly vegetables and Australian-native edibles
- Developing native habitats and conservation
- Diagnosis and treatment of disease and pests
- Complimentary planting and natural pesticide alternatives
- Herbal and natural healthcare
- Sharing my interest with others;
discussion, community gardening, art, cooking and spirituality
I am interested in roles involving gardening, landscaping, nursery, and parks and gardens management.
I built this website using skills from my previous career to showcase my attributes:
- Passionate: Horticulture ‘ticks all the boxes’ for me and I have a heart-felt connection to nature
- Proactive: I learn quickly, understand initiative and work ethic, and don't need endless supervision
- Personable: Sharing my passions with friends, co-workers and clients is not optional
Horticulture is my future; can you help support my transition to full-time work in this industry?
I am keen, ready to work today and looking for opportunties for both voluntary and paid work experience.
Could you, or someone you know use someone like me?
The two most important parts of the plan are:
- Work Experience: No amount of theory can substitute for the practice and satisfaction of getting my hands dirty.
- Study: Much of my efforts will be documented here, to prove my interest and eventually so what I learn may be shared with others.
Check my progress journal, or Checkout my extensive self-study notes on Horticulture, or A Bibliography (my reading)
I have an employment background in Computer Software Engineering. So what is a tech guy like me doing in Horticulture?
About a year ago, I realised I was no longer finding fulfilment in computing or the tech culture. There was something missing.
I realised that it wasn't software itself that gave me satisfaction, but my ability to solve real-world problems and to express myself creatively.
Horticulture is a broad field that has a lot of personal cross-over with long-held interests and desires:
- Increasingly I have become aware of my ecological footprint. I have a great sense of gratitude and respect for my environment. I feel a deep spiritual connection.
- I have long wanted to have the basic skills to grow my own food.
- Creativity and planning should be as essential to good software design as to good landscape design.
- Natural health is an increasing interest in my life.
- I find being in nature ‘recharges my batteries’; I can then make a more effective and inspired contibution to my community.
- Changing landscapes, both natural and man-made have long captured my imagination.
Whilst I see my future in horticulture, I will bring my tech skills and experience along for the ride. Good tech can help with communication, education, analysis and business processes.
Download my resumé (PDF, September 2017)
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