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Landscape Assistant

About us:

 

Into the Garden Inc. was founded by Michael Abdelmesseh, owner and Canadian Red Seal Endorsed Landscape Horticulturist, in 2019 as Into the Garden Landscaping Services. 

Each day we share our passion for plants & gardening while cultivating a connection to nature through our work while sharing our enthusiasm and knowledge with our Cowichan Valley community to help make our gardens more vibrant and beautiful for all to enjoy.  

Into the Garden continues to grow with each season thanks to all of our valued clients and partners.

We really love what we do and dig that we get to help others really love their gardens and ponds on Canada’s most beautiful island.

Quite simply: We are Into the Garden!

Our commitment: To work to create beautiful, healthy gardens & ponds throughout the Cowichan Valley.

 

Our vision: Make Into the Garden Cowichan Valley’s most loved, most trusted, owner operated and detail-oriented landscape company.

 

We are rooted in:     Integrity  Honesty  Trust  Pride  Excellence  Teamwork  Collaboration  Efficiency  Safety

You are:          

Someone who enjoys being outdoors and working in the elements of nature: rain, sun, wind, cold.

Helping people care for and really love their gardens and ponds makes you happy.

Passionate about doing it right & practice safety first and always.

Dedicated to client satisfaction.

Someone who has a desire and willingness to grow your knowledge and experience of landscape horticulture practices, plant identification, care and maintenance of plants, pond care including care of aquatic plants, goldfish and koi.

Honest & reliable- you keep your word & commitments.

A Team player - Believe teamwork makes the dreamwork.

Eager to learn.

             

 As a Landscape Assistant you will: 

Be responsible for assisting with garden cleanups, lawn and garden maintenance services and softscape installation projects.

Perform manual duties to help meet, or exceed, client satisfaction and goals of the company.

Assist in the preparation of the work site

Assist with garden cleanups / garden & lawn maintenance including hand weeding / planting

Assist with the installation of gardens, lawns, landscape materials (soil, compost, mulch aggregates)

Work with hand tools and other small gas powered equipment and follow all safety procedures.

Work outdoors in a variety of conditions including heat, rain, dust, noise and cold

Ensure the work site is left a clean and safe condition.

Periodically assist the pond services team with cleaning, maintenance and restoration of ponds and water features..

Perform all duties and responsibilities as instructed and maintain the high standards of the company and client.

Your Responsibilities & Duties:

Maintain Into the Garden's high standards of work quality, safety at all times.

Maintain complete and accurate timekeeping records.

Report all problems executing a job, issues with clients and accidents to management team immediately.

Be courteous and respectful in all your interactions with others at all times.

Follow all safety protocols at all times, including mandates for COVID-19 per the Province of British Columbia.

You will Report To:

Michael owner/ operator and Red Seal Endorsed Landscape Horticulturist.

Your Education: 

You have a secondary school diploma. 

Currently enrolled in the Canadian Red Seal Landscape Horticulturist program

 ~ You are encouraged to apply to be considered for hire as a paid apprentice with sponsorship.

Red Seal Endorsed Landscape Horticulturists are encouraged to apply.

Your Experience:

A minimum of one-year landscape maintenance experience is required.

Familiarity and /or knowledge of plant identification, care and maintenance is highly desired. 

Experience using gas powered: lawn mower, line trimmer, blower and small landscaping hand tools required. 

Previous work experience in one or more of the following: landscape maintenance, plant nursery /garden center, and softscape installation.

Previous work experience with ponds, aquatic plants and fish is highly desired- not required.

Previous experience in softscape installation services is highly desired.

Effective communication skills in English.

Work Conditions and Physical Capabilities:

Willing and able to work outdoors in variable weather conditions of Southeastern Central Vancouver Island between the months of February - November.

Physically able to perform landscape maintenance work in the Vancouver Island environment:

  • Manual dexterity 

  • Able to lift at least 60 pounds.

  • Bending, kneeling, crouching

  • Attention to detail 

Own Tools/ Equipment:

  • Steel toed safety boots

  • Gloves

  • Appropriate outerwear for variable weather conditions

License Requirements:

Current British Columbia driver’s license and clean BC drivers abstract. 

Must have access to a reliable, insured vehicle to travel to client job sites for each day work is scheduled.

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COVID-19 Policy:

Into the Garden Inc. is committed to providing a safe working environment for our employees, our customers, and members of the public with whom we interact. The purpose of our COVID-19 Vaccination Policy is to provide staff with a clear understanding of requirements and expectations with respect to COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccination.

Into the Garden recognizes that we have a responsibility to protect all workers, our clients,  and the community in which we operate.  It is, therefore, critical that Into the Garden Inc. and our staff take all precautions to protect against COVID-19. 

It is Into the Garden policy that all new employees are fully vaccinated, including any recommended boosters.  Into the Garden requires that all employees comply with other protective measures recommended by or required by Federal, Provincial or City governmental agencies, which requirements will be timely and clearly communicated to employees.

Into the Garden staff are required to provide, in writing, confirmation of their vaccination status prior to employment and required by management from time to time as conditions change. landscaping services pond services

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