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Volunteers needed for national horticulture competition

February 7, 2014

The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) and the CSU Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture are looking for volunteers for the Student Career Days Competition to be held on the CSU campus March 20-23.

38th annual PLANET student career daysStudent Career Days
2,000 students
Over 60 universities
March 20-23

Student Career Days is an annual three-day competitive event among students enrolled in horticulture programs from colleges and universities across the country. Over 2,000 students from over 60 universities will travel to CSU to compete in events that are directly related to the skills necessary for a career in the green industry. 

The event also offers a Career Fair which gives students the opportunity to meet and network with prospective employers in the industry and discuss employment opportunities. This is the 38th anniversary of the event and only the 3rd time it has been held on the CSU campus.

Hundreds of students compete in an outdoor competition.

Volunteers needed

Faculty, staff, and students can volunteer as can members of our local community. Volunteers will learn about the horticulture and landscape design and contracting profession, work with energetic and engaged students, and help manage an event with over 2000 participants.

Among the activities volunteers will help with are:

  • handing out registration packets;
  • giving directions to those lost on campus;
  • helping with technical events;
  • and, organizing supplies and cleaning up after events.

A student participates in a design competition.T-shirt and free lunch

Time commitments can range from just a couple of hours to helping throughout the entire week.  Volunteers will get a t-shirt and a free lunch Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Looking for great ambassadors

“We are looking for members of our campus and local community who can serve as great ambassadors for CSU,” said Zach Johnson Associate Professor of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at CSU. “This event provides an opportunity to showcase CSU as well as the Landscape Design and Contracting and Landscape Business programs. Additionally, it provides opportunities to build and enhance industry partnerships for both the College of Agricultural Sciences and CSU.”    

How can I volunteer?

Those interested in volunteering should visit the website to complete the volunteer form.