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Students learn the landscaping business and get their hands dirty at Turfscape Internship

Published on May 5, 2017

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When senior Interns Collin Hohman (left) and Antonio Zindroski (right) come to Internship, they know they will be experiencing all aspects of the landscaping industry. Both students intern at Turfscape Inc., a well-known landscape maintenance company.

Collin, in his second year as a Turfscape Intern, has been able to grow into some management responsibilities. His supervisor, Branch Manager Mr. Bob Ramser, reports that Collin has performed all of the core services for landscape maintenance and snow removal, managed multiple crews, interacted with potential new customers, and presented new ideas in a business environment. He has even been able to contribute to the bidding and proposal process.

"I have enjoyed seeing Collin grow as a student and Intern," Mr. Ramser said. "The passion he brings to the landscape industry and management side of things is great."

Collin has seen his years at Turfscape as a great step on his journey towards his future career.

"Turfscape has allowed me to narrow down exactly what I want to do in the next step of my life," he said. "The people I am surrounded with make me better and challenge me to go outside my comfort zone in order to grow as a future business professional."

According to Antonio's supervisor, Turfscape Account Manager Mr. Keith Peri, Antonio works on crews performing most of the services that Turfscape offers. He uses professional lawn equipment to maintain the turf, plants trees and shrubs, and works on yard clean-ups. Antonio also has had the opportunity to work in the shop with Turfscape's Fleet Mechanic to see what it takes to keep their fleet operating during the snow and landscaping seasons.

Antonio is enjoying his hands-on experience all he is learning about landscape management, plants, and the customer service aspect of the business.

"The people I work with have been friendly and more than willing to share their experience with me and answer any questions I have," Antonio said. "Through this experience, I have realized I enjoy the mechanical side of the business. Working with my hands and being able to repair machines and equipment is something I really have fun doing."