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UNF partners with Groundwork Jacksonville to develop landscaping training program

The University of North Florida has partnered with Groundwork Jacksonville, the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA), and Career Source of NE Florida to develop the Emerald Trail Stewards (ETS) Pre-apprenticeship, a paid landscaping training program open to adults who live within Emerald Trail neighborhoods.

Pre-apprentices will split their instruction time between the classroom and field learning at UNF’s Botanical Gardens & Maintenance Facility. In addition to the technical skills required for certification, trainees will also learn interpersonal skills such as working with diverse groups, working in teams, and conflict resolution. Additionally, they will participate in professional development opportunities including resume building, networking, and interviewing.

Upon completion, ETS pre-apprentices will earn the Certified Horticulture Professional (FCHP) certificate and the Certified Landscape Maintenance Technician (FCLMT) certificate. Within six months of completion, pre-apprentices will be hired by Groundwork to maintain the Emerald Trail or by another employer, enter FNGLA’s paid apprenticeship program, or will be connected to additional educational opportunities.

The program is funded by grants from the National Park Service, the Florida Department of Education - Pathways to Career Opportunities, and REI.

Applications are currently being accepted. Training begins on Feb. 21. Successful candidates will meet two to three days per week, including virtual and in-person sessions, through July 21, 2023.

For more information and to apply.