Some 50 job seekers turned out for a career fair last week at DJ's Landscape Management
in Grand Rapids, but the 80 percent of those who will be called back for second interviews won't begin to fill all the full-time, part-time, and seasonal jobs the company has in its Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Holland locations.
With well over 100 jobs available due to the company's growth, and with the busy snowfall season looming, company spokesperson Liz Young says the need for more applicants is large.
"Snow season is our busiest season," Young says. "Crew members are needed in several different departments, from irrigation to landscape installation and plant health. Many of the positions come with benefits. We'd love to fill 100 percent of the positions, but the goal is to fill 50 percent by October 31."
Young says the Grand Rapids office has 25-30 full-time openings and 75 seasonal openings; Kalamazoo has 30 seasonal and five full-time positions, and Holland has room for 15-20 seasonal workers and five full-time. Jobs range from snow shovelers starting at $19 per hour, to small equipment mechanics, large equipment mechanics, account managers, salespersons, a project estimator, crew members, crew leaders, and more.
Some positions, such as the project estimators and account managers, require some type of horticulture degree, such as landscape design or soil science.
Young says the company serves only commercial clients, not residential, and that it’s a great job for college students and high school seniors because it pays well and the hours are flexible. "We will work around their class schedules and they are considered part-time," she says. "It's a great way for college and high school seniors to make money seasonally, and is as easy as lifting a shovel."
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Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor