Landscape Careers

Landscaper Named to U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 List of Best Jobs

While national data shows more students are getting high-school diplomas, college enrollment rates continue to decrease. But some jobs don’t require a college degree. Landscaping is one of them … and it’s trending in 2020. College Attendance Continues to Drop Nathan Grawe, a Carleton College economist based in Minnesota, predicts the college-going population will drop […]

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Top 10 Stories of 2019

NALP strives to help its members better run their lawn and landscape businesses. We want to grow your professionalism, as well as industry professionalism. So we publish weekly stories about how you can best tackle employee and business issues. The information we share comes from industry experts and your fellow member companies. To celebrate the […]

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How to Streamline Your Payroll Process

People are your greatest asset—and your people need to get paid. You have some decisions to make to make the payroll process go smoothly. First, how will you keep track of employees’ time so hourly workers are compensated fairly (and accurately)? How often will you pay employees? And, will you use a payroll service or […]

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Get Organized! What a Landscape Company Org Chart Should Look Like

A landscape company org chart helps assign responsibility and accountability to your employees. It establishes a personnel framework with levels of oversight. You should write a job description for every position on the organizational chart. As we addressed in Aligning Your Organization, create a future organizational chart that includes positions you’ll need as you grow. This […]

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Inside the Minds of Current Landscape Students—Your Future Employees

Sure, you know what you’re thinking about the job openings you need to fill at your landscape business and the work you need to get done regardless of if you fill them or not. But do you know what your future employees are thinking? We asked current horticulture students who are attending NALP’s National Collegiate […]

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A Landscape Apprentice Shares His Story

When the owners of Providence Forge, Virginia-based L.G. Scott announced they were going to enroll two apprentices in NALP’s Landscape Management Apprenticeship program, Ryan Janney jumped at the opportunity to become a landscape apprentice. The chance to be able to “work and go to school at the same time without digging himself into total debt” […]

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3 Reasons FGM Uses the Landscape Management Apprenticeship Program

During National Apprentice Week, a nationwide celebration that gives businesses, communities and educators the opportunity to showcase their apprenticeship programs, seemed like the most fitting time for Fullerton Grounds Maintenance (FGM), headquartered in Kenvil, New Jersey, to officially launch the NALP Landscape Management Apprenticeship Program. The inaugural group will begin their journey with this career-shaping […]

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How L.G. Scott is Addressing its Labor Challenges

Like a lot of landscape companies, the owners of L.G. Scott have struggled with finding good quality labor over the years. But with the introduction of the NALP’s Landscape Management Apprenticeship Program, they see hope on the horizon … maybe even a solution to labor challenges. Luke Scott, who owns the business with his brother […]

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Why Should a Landscape Pro Consider an Apprenticeship Program?

For many industries, apprenticeship programs are creating viable workforce solutions. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 5 million people will be trained through apprenticeships in 1,000 industries over the next five years. Today, with the formalization of NALP’s Landscape Management Apprenticeship Program, registered by the U.S. Department of Labor, the green industry […]

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How to Choose a Landscape Apprentice

As NALP’s Landscape Management Apprenticeship Program™ has continued to gain traction with companies across the country signing on, there has been increased interest in how to choose the right people to participate in the program. Many companies are starting out with a small number of apprentices—often two or three—to see how it goes but are […]

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