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Information Technology Intern Builds Skills Through the Help of Others!

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

I am a sophomore at the University of Central Florida majoring in Information Technology.  Prior to starting my summer internship at Yellowstone Landscape, I had no experience in the field and was uncertain on which area of IT to focus.  However, after exploring different options I learned about Yellowstone Landscape through a close friend, who referred me to Lisa Hall, their Internship Coordinator.  Lisa shared with me the opportunities this internship offered, helped me with the interview and application process and has maintained an active role during the entire internship.  From weekly intern meetings to email-etiquette and professional development exercises, Lisa has shown that she really cares about the interns at this company and I am thankful for that.

When I began my internship in May, I was a little nervous to work at such a large company, but at the same time I was excited to learn what it meant to work in IT.  I came into the company with limited skills but with each week I became more proficient with networking and programming and gained vital communication skills from the IT team.  As a Help Desk Intern, I was given admin permissions that other employees don’t have access to.  These permissions include the ability to install software, modify the active directory, and remote into different computers across the Yellowstone network.

Everyone at Yellowstone Landscape is friendly and there is a great working environment.  My mentors; Erik, Melody, and Gabe gave me the knowledge I need to be successful in the IT field.  Erik taught me a lot about network & system troubleshooting as I learned from him that all problems have an answer and during the entirety of the internship I haven’t seen a single issue go unresolved.  I also assisted Erik with moving the network from an old branch location to their new facility.  Melody has shown me how to work the “Help Desk” and Active Directory.  The biggest lesson that I learned from her is that you are expected to fail, and it is important that you learn from your mistakes and apply that knowledge to future challenges and assignments.  Gabe has shared many programming techniques and has taught me that if you can’t figure something out then one of the best options is to research it.

Working with the IT Department has been a great experience and taught me a lot during the time I have spent in this fast-paced department.  This internship has been a great opportunity for me to get hands-on experience in the Information Technology world, and I am excited to apply these new skills to my classes next year and my career after graduation.

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Texas A&M Student Learns the “Ins and Outs” of Irrigation!

This guest post was written by Teresa, about her intern experience with us this summer. 

My summer interning at Yellowstone Landscape’s West Houston location has been wonderful and extremely conducive to learning.  As a horticulture student at Texas A&M University, I was very excited for the chance to use some of the skills I have learned in the classroom and apply them to the field.

Throughout my internship, I received the opportunity to focus solely on irrigation.  Irrigation was a subject in school that I have not become acquainted with so far.  The first few days of my internship I was nervous and unsure, but as I met more people and learned more things, I realized that I had no reason to feel that way!  Through the patient guidance of my two Mentors, Todd Wilson and Luis Cardona, certain goals were established, I became accustomed to what I was to do, and I fell into a natural rhythm of work.

One particular day, I had the opportunity to work in the field with one of the irrigation technicians, Jaime.  This would be my first day working out in the field, and I was a little anxious as well as quite a bit excited.  Jaime, quickly put my fears at ease.  On that day, I performed irrigation inspections as well as installed new solenoid valves.  I learned the ins and outs of installing these valves as well as other useful irrigation tricks.  Jaime’s good humor and familiarity with the irrigation process greatly aided me and helped me grow in confidence and knowledge.  Jaime was a special teacher because he not only taught me irrigation techniques but because he also taught me Spanish terms and phrases relevant to what we were discussing.  This experience taught me that it is not only important to learn irrigation, but also the native language of those who work with you.  It is extremely important to be able to communicate with everyone on your team as well as understand and get to know them.  This builds a level of mutual respect and compatibility when working together.

My experiences this summer, working with Yellowstone Landscape, has been instrumental to my overall understanding of landscape management.  I have learned that irrigation is a component that is often overlooked – primarily due to the fact that effective irrigation systems are never seen by the ordinary person appreciating a landscape.  Working with this team of extremely friendly and helpful people have been such a blessing on my journey.  I am extremely grateful for the patience and support from everyone, thank you!

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University of Central Florida Intern gains Knowledge about the world of Technology

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

I am a sophomore at the University of Central Florida, majoring in Computer Engineering.  I did not know what to expect coming into the IT Department at Yellowstone Landscape, but it absolutely blew my expectations out of the water!  I have learned so much about the working world in such a short time and gained a lot of knowledge about the world of technology.

My Mentors have been fantastic!  Melody Schlenker, the Service Support Manager, taught me about discipline and how important it is to be vocal and ask questions, and to stay on top of tasks when the office becomes busy.  My other Mentor, Senior Programmer, Gabe Perez gave me the foundation for learning and understanding the programs that I have been using throughout my internship and provided great support with my project.

My “internship project” focused on creating a form for Capital Expenditures which would increase efficiency for requests and approvals.  In the past, employees would email a request back and forth resulting in long wait periods and missing information.  The form gives a platform for people to submit their request and it automatically distributes to whoever it needs to go to.  This entire process taught me a lot about patience since I was learning a whole new program.  Through perseverance, problem-solving, and the help of my Mentor, Gabe, we created the form which has been presented to the company leadership and successfully launched.

Overall, I was, and still am surprised by how much I have learned.  I am excited to take these learning experiences and expand on them throughout my academic and professional career and Yellowstone Landscape has given me the platform to do this!

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University of Florida Intern Embraces Opportunities and Tackles Challenges!

This guest post was written by Sammie, about her intern experience with us this summer. 

Since beginning my internship at the Yellowstone Landscape Raleigh Branch, my eyes have been opened to an entirely different field in the world of plants. I no longer drive into my neighborhood or a shopping center without eyeing the Crepe Myrtles and inspecting the shrubs to see if any pruning is necessary.  I see annuals around the Bank of America sign and wonder when they were last watered properly.  Yellowstone Landscape has allowed me to gain a new perspective and appreciation for plants and their place in everyday life.  As much as science comes into play, the aesthetic quality and presentation of these grasses and shrubs is key in maintaining a successful landscape.  I have had the opportunity to take a full survey of this company and be involved in all aspects, both in and out of the office and have learned, no piece of the puzzle goes unnoticed.

One learning experience that continues to stick with me would be the day I spent with our head of irrigation, Raul.  We started out early in the truck and drove a quiet hour to Greensboro.  After an arduous morning in the field, running an irrigation audit, we planned to install a new irrigation system at one of our other properties.  The heat of the sun was unforgiving and the pain in my back was present all day.  We crouched down to remove the existing system and began to individually screw in all 24 wires which connect to their own zone.  Once we turned the system on, Raul realized he had never worked with a system as electronically advanced as this one and I was asked to take the lead.  I began maneuvering through the device and searching to figure out how to set the timers and frequencies for each zone.  I eventually was able to navigate through the system and set each sol properly per the client’s request.  We ran the system again and it performed flawlessly!

This day was particularly satisfying as it gave me the opportunity to tackle a problem that even my superior was not prepared for.  I was motivated to fix this system to achieve the desired results.  The Yellowstone team gave me the opportunity to learn and be challenged in a leadership position.  I felt confident solving the issue and supported by my Mentor to explore the problem, rather than see it as a roadblock.  This is a lesson that I will value in my work, as well as all facets of my life.  Each day I come to work eager to see what new learning opportunities lie ahead!

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University of Florida Intern Gains New Insights

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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Central Houston Design Intern Builds Confidence Through Experience!

This guest post was written by Cari, about her intern experience with us this summer. 

I am a Junior at Texas Tech University, majoring in Landscape Architecture and this is my first internship! The program at Yellowstone Landscape has helped me develop field knowledge giving me a solid foundation for school and my professional career in the future.

Working under Bryn Coubrough, Landscape Designer at the Central Houston Branch, has been a fun and educational experience.  From learning quick and efficient ways to use programs like photoshop, to plant identification of new materials at the plant nursery and tree farm, and shadowing meetings held with board members of HOAs, it was easy to apply my new knowledge to my intern project, Landpark!

Landpark is a commercial office building property located near the southside of Houston, TX.  The client wanted a complete redesign of the outdoor areas and I did everything from measuring the property during the site visit, creating a series of 3D photoshop renderings, and developing the AutoCAD plans.  Being responsible for designing a property for a “real” client is an exciting experience.  This project allowed me to make educated decisions with confidence, knowing that I am proposing a functional, aesthetically pleasing and sustainable design for the property.

I feel fortunate to have spent this summer working with Yellowstone Landscape.  This company, and the people in this work community have taught me a lot of things that will help me as I pursue my career, but they have also provided experiences that will help me throughout my life.

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Software Intern Learns the Importance of Good Communication!

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

As a senior at the University of Florida, majoring in Information Systems, I went into this internship with no knowledge of what a landscape company does or a desire to work in the industry. Accepting this internship is one of the best decisions I have made to build my skillset for a professional career. I was unsure of which industry to enter postgraduate but interning with Yellowstone Landscape has taught me that I can go into any type of industry and succeed, no matter how uncertain I may be.

Throughout my internship I worked on a special project relating to the rollout of a new company-wide software program and the challenges that come with it. I was involved in researching challenges that came with the rollout of this software and finding solutions for improvements. While working on this project I met with all users including; Branch, Business Development, Account, and Office Managers, and various supervisors. This was a great opportunity to learn the ups and downs of implementing a new information system, while hearing the perspectives of upper management all the way to the field workers. This gave me a better understanding of how my actions and the implementation of an information system is perceived and affects the users. I also learned the challenges of implementing a new system and how to manage them to positively impact the employees and the company. My greatest take-away is the importance of communication. When implementing a new system, you must be willing to receive feedback, both positive and negative, to develop improvements and make the system user friendly.

As an Information Systems major, I imagined my entire time would be spent in an office behind a computer, but I was wrong! On several occasions I was given the opportunity to do field work, which got me out of the office, and gave me a better perspective of the work behind the numbers and data loaded into the system. This experience added to the versatility of my internship. It has also taught me when considering a career after graduation, to look for a position that includes diverse responsibilities and opportunities in different areas of a company.

This internship taught me how to utilize the tools and problem-solving skills learned in the classroom in an efficient and professional manner. I also developed a lot of my soft skills, especially communication, and I could not be more grateful for the experience and opportunities I have been provided by Yellowstone Landscape!

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Behind the Scenes of a Landscape Photoshoot!

Me: Look a pretty landscape. Let’s take a picture!

This is not how a landscape photoshoot takes place, but I certainly did think it was until I joined Joseph Barnes, our Marketing Director and Alex Shelver, our photographer on a property photoshoot last week at Old Palm.

Old Palm is a private residential Golf Club located in Palm Beach where we oversee the maintenance of all common areas and some of the private homes.

It was very interesting seeing how a landscape photoshoot takes place. It was very different from the ones I have been to in the past. For these projects, it's important to bring out the detail and effort the maintenance team puts into these landscapes.

I saw how our photographer, Alex, played with different angles to get the best pictures. He also used different cameras to get ground views as well as aerial views to shoot the entire property.

I learned that it is important not only to picture how pretty a landscape looks, but being able to capture the detail and effort it takes to get the landscape to look the way it does. But don't get me wrong, capturing how pretty a landscape looks definitely gets you some extra points.

Here are five tips I learned that might help you get the best images the next time you're shooting a landscape project.

#1: Golden Hour: Try taking your pictures in golden hour. This refers to the periods right after sunrise and right before sunset. It will give great diffused lighting to your pictures that will add depth and interest to your image.

#2: Use Leading Lines: This trick serves to guide the viewers through your picture. Try using trees or sidewalks in order to accomplish this. They will instantly guide the viewer's eyes without them thinking about it.

#3 Study: Before going to the photoshoot, make sure you study your camera. This will allow you to know all the features it brings and make use of them when necessary. Also, if you haven't been to this location before, make sure to do some research before you go and pin point the locations you want to photograph.

#4: Use your creativity: When shooting, be creative in every possible way. It is important that you try every angle you can think of to get the best picture that outlines what you're trying to highlight. Don't be scared of doing something different. Different is good and it can go a long way in these kinds of shoots.

#5: Crop: Don't be afraid to crop your pictures. Usually the cameras that are used to photograph these shoots are high resolution. So even when you crop it, it still looks good and does not decrease the quality of the pictures.

I learned that the "Pretty Landscape Picture", has much more into it than what I thought. The detail and the work that is put into these types of projects is very hard and it's what makes the landscape "pretty". I never really appreciated it until I started working for this company, but now I can see a pretty landscape and focus on details that make it great. 

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Shadowing a Senior Account Manager

This week I got the opportunity to shadow Scott Barnes who is a Senior Account Manager here at Yellowstone Landscape in Palm Coast. I saw what it is to be him on a day to day basis and let me tell you guys, it is not easy. I watched him manage several properties he oversees, as well as watching him mentor a fellow intern named Zach. I want you to visualize my day with Scott yesterday, so here is a quick summary of my day with our senior account manager.

 8:00 AM 

- I met Scott at the office and he then took me to an emergency irrigation job. 

- I had the chance to see him mentor Zach who is a fellow intern and I saw how he shares his knowledge in lessons he is trying to teach him. 

- It was also fun seeing how Zack works his way through his internship as well as what he does on a daily basis. 

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 10:00 AM 

- Next, we went to a property that hired us because they wanted us to redesign and mantain part of their property. 

- For me this was the most interesting part of the day. I got to interact with clients and watch Scott draw out some sketched of what their new landscape could look like. 

- Since this property was directly on the ocean we talked about the maintenance problems that landscaping might experience because of it, especially the plants and trees that are not native to the area. 

- We also talked about some of the measures we will have to take in order for the landscape to thrive. 

- This was an incredible esperienve and learned a lot from talking to the clients and watching Scott interact with them. 

- Overall, FAVORITE PART OF THE DAY. 

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 11:30 AM

- Cementery Time!!!!! Our next stop was visiting a client at Craig Flagler Palms Funeral Home. 

- As dull as it may seem, going to the cementery was actually not that bad and not as depressing as I thought it would be. 

- We talked about the landscape maintenance of the cementery and some solution to a pest problem that they were experiencing. 

- This definitely was my least favorite part of the day, kind of creepy but still interesting seeing all the different types of properties that we work on. 

1:00 PM 

- After lunch, it was time to check on another job that Scott and his crews oversee. 

- I got to meet more of his crew members and it was nice getting to know them face to face. 

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 4:00 PM

- While we were on our way back to the office, we SAVED A TURTLE'S LIFE! 

Overall, this was a fun and creative experience. I had the opportunity to see how Scott interacts with his clients and his crew members. He was a great person to shadow and gave me important insight about his job.

 

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Summer Interns Gather in Florida

 

Our annual intern symposium was held earlier this past week. Interns from across the South and Southwest regions joined us for this special event that was created just for them. Our program integrated this fun and exciting feature so that they could learn more about our Field Support Office and get to know each other face to face. 

Our symposium gave our interns the basic essence of what our company is. We gave them a sense of what it is like to work here at Yellowstone Landscape. They had the opportunity to see what our teams do at our corporate offices, as well as out in the field. They also had the experience to get their hands dirty and work directly in the field for the company’s community service project located in Palm Coast, Florida. This project consisted of helping an elementary school renovate their garden by cleaning out their beds for new seeds to be planted.

Our interns toured our headquarters as well as a local resort property that we work on. They got to see what our employees out in the field do on a day to day basis and were able to learn a little bit more about their tasks. In addition, some members of our leadership team gave our interns presentations on how to be successful in the workforce, as well as on the field we work on.

These fieldtrips were implemented to our program with the purpose of enhancing our intern’s exposure to the horticultural environment. We believe that these kinds of activities help them reach their maximum potential while also improving their professional development and communication skills.

Our internship program is designed in a way that will help our interns develop professionally not only as a student, but when they are ready to go into the work force after graduation. We pride ourselves on how we nurture our talent here at Yellowstone. This symposium is one of the many examples of how we hope to help guide them into a future career where they can find fulfillment.

It was a great week with this year's group of interns. We would like to thank every one of you who was part of this week and made it all possible. Our interns had so much fun visiting Florida and getting to know more of our staff.

 

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