Green thumbs making a difference

Brisbane City Council Gardener

Have you ever considered turning your green thumb into a career? Brisbane locals Mandy Lean and Taro West have done just that, joining a team of 19 horticultural apprentices who are helping Council maintain more than 2000 parks across the city, and play an important part in protecting our natural environment and keeping our city clean and green.

Meet Mandy, Horticulture Apprentice

Mandy Lean’s childhood memories are filled with happy times of helping her dad in the garden. When spotting the horticulture apprenticeship advertised on Council’s website, Mandy says she saw a great opportunity to make a career out of what she loves. 

Now based in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha, Mandy spends her time watering and pruning plants to keep the gardens and approximately 5000 species of plants looking their best for everyone to enjoy.

“At the moment I’m working in the Kitchen Garden, so most of my day involves harvesting and planting new plants and herbs to be used as produce for community cooking classes for different seasons. I’ve really been enjoying learning about all the different species of plants and I’m excited to learn a lot more,” Mandy explained.

Talking to Taro, Arboriculture Apprentice

Taro West’s apprenticeship sees him felling, pruning and even climbing trees as part of daily maintenance work across Brisbane.

With the support of a great team around him, Taro is living his dream of working in the great outdoors. He’s even been able to make use of his talent for tree climbing – a skill he’s been nurturing since his early years.  

“I’m looking forward to learning new skills this year in tree climbing and climbing techniques, as well as developing my skills with chainsaws and wood chippers,” Taro said.

“The people I work with every day are supportive and encouraging and with one of them previously being awarded a Council Values Award as my mentor, I’ll be gaining valuable experience,” he said.

Could you be next?

If you couldn’t think of anything better than spending each day surrounded by lush parks and gardens, then Council’s Apprenticeship Program could be for you.

Several horticultural apprenticeships are available each year including arboriculture, parks and gardens and sports turf management. By taking on a Council horticultural apprenticeship, you can play a vital part in keeping our city clean and green, while enjoying all the benefits of working for Council.

We also offer apprenticeships within a range of other industries, including construction and automotive apprenticeships. To stay up to date with all apprenticeship opportunities, create an account and set up a Job Alert (located under Job Management). 

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Last updated:24 October 2019
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