Volunteer to help out a local garden center during planting season, when there is high demand for labor. This kind of experience can be your calling card for a later paid job.
Offer your services as a gardener or landscaper to individuals you know in your community. If you do a good job, your reputation may lead to other paying jobs.
Develop your entrepreneurial skills by conceiving a simple business plan for a needed service or business in your area. You'll learn from the experience even if your plan fails.
Check out programs run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (https://www.fsa.usda.gov) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (https://nifa.usda.gov) to encourage careers in farming and nursery management.
- Agribusiness Technicians
- Agricultural Consultants
- Agricultural Equipment Technicians
- Agricultural Pilots
- Agricultural Scientists
- Animal Breeders and Technicians
- Animal Caretakers
- Animal Physical Therapists
- Biosecurity Monitors
- Dairy Products Manufacturing Workers
- Farm Crop Production Technicians
- Farm Equipment Mechanics
- Farmers' Market Managers/Promoters
- Food Technologists
- Grain Merchants
- Groundwater Professionals
- Horticultural Inspectors
- Meatcutters and Meat Packers
- Molecular and Cellular Biologists
- Organic Farmers
- Range Managers
- Soil Conservationists and Technicians
- Soil Scientists
- Tobacco Products Industry Workers