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University of Florida Intern Gains New Insights

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This guest post was written by Jarrod, about his intern experience with us this summer. 

My time as an Intern at Yellowstone Landscape’s Tampa Branch has been educational, as well as eye-opening! I learned about the dynamics in and out of the office, on a daily basis, from all of the Account Managers, but especially from my Mentor, Scott Crow.

Coming into this internship I had some landscape experience working for my Dads’ company and understood the labor aspects from pulling weeds to mowing fields.  But the two things I experienced here that I haven’t anywhere else were; working in an office environment and understanding what goes on in the shop when everyone is out on property.

May favorite area to work in was with irrigation.  Coming in I thought I knew the basics about how irrigation worked, but when it came time to shadow our irrigation manger, Rich, I was in for a challenge!  This was the part of my internship that I enjoyed and learned the most from. Not only because it was a new skill to learn, but there’s a satisfying feeling you get from fixing an irrigation problem.  I spent a week with Rich going around and inspecting different irrigation issues and learning all the basics of irrigation maintenance and management.  Whether it was tracking wire, troubleshooting the clock or patching leaks, there was always a unique problem that faced us.  After a week of absorbing all the information I could, I now have a better understanding of what goes into irrigation management.

On my last day with irrigation, I assisted with a “wet check” on a property.  Wet checks are done to identify problems with the system and then figure out what’s likely causing this problem.  The property we conducted the “wet check” on was newly acquired, so we knew that issues were bound to be found.  After running all the zones, I was able to spot certain issues such as; broken heads, busted mainlines, dead zones and improper use of devices.  Going through this exercise, I was able to see the issues first hand and got some great tips on how an irrigation technician would go about fixing them.

Overall, my internship at the Tampa Branch was informative, and I developed new skills and techniques in management and service.  I couldn’t have asked for a better management team to work with this summer!

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