Opportunities

PROFESSIONAL GARDENERS TRAINING PROGRAM

Belize Botanic Gardens offers exciting training opportunities to individuals who are interested in taking up a career in gardening. This training program is funded through a grant from the European Development Fund, under the Belize Rural Development Project II administered by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and its partner duPlooys Jungle Lodge.

The Title of the action under this grant is, Improving the Quality of Life of Rural Household by developing Capacity to find an create employment in gardening and other plant related areas, has the overall objective of teaching underemployed and unemployed men and women the skills necessary to earn a living as employees or small business owners in these areas. Research shows that job opportunities requiring these skills exist in both the business and private sectors, particularly in the tourism industry.

After completion of the training programs, participants are awarded with a certificate of completion and a job recommendation letter in order to commemorate their dedication and interest in the program.

We offer two types of training:

1.) Horticulture Training Program

Duration: 10 wks

Hours: 7am-4pm Monday-Friday

Comprise of: Level 1 Introductory, Level 2 Intermediate, Level 3 Advanced Level Horticulture Training (Each level consists of two weeks theory and practical sessions. After completion of Level3 participants are required to complete a one week practical session)

Other Workshops:

Nursery Establishment General Course (Food Plant and Trees, Ornamentals)- 1 WEEK

Cut Flower Growing & Marketing-1 WEEK  

Vegetable & Herbs Growing/Cultivation-1 WEEK     

One Day Seed Saving Workshop

Optional:

Plant & Bird Identification Course-1 WEEK                  

One Day Craft Workshop  

One Floral Arrangement Workshop                                                                                                                                                                               

2.) On-The-Job Training 

Duration: 12 weeks

Hours: 7am-4pm Monday-Friday

Selected participants have the opportunity to work with our experienced professional gardeners. These participants will experience firsthand training in all aspects of gardening such as:Pruning, Mulching, Nursery Establishment, Garden Maintenance, Potting, Plant Propagation, Tool Handling and Care, Small Garden-Machinery Operation and other tasks assigned.

Contact Us for more information about these training programs and how to enroll.

 

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