ARC’s horticulture department is looking for more helping hands

Are you interested in learning how to care and maintain plant livelihood?

American River College’s horticulture department is back on campus

since it opened up in February, and working to get plants back to thriving since the lockdown. 

Students within the department can apply for part-time on-campus employment through Handshake to learn practices and maintenance of the greenhouses and landscape. 

The skills acquired through this position include watering, fertilizing, crop production, record keeping, and irrigation repairs. The application deadline is June 30 and the job pays $15 an hour.


This is the first semester that horticulture has seen the effects of low enrollment rates and needs help with managing and upkeep for the plants, according to Marianne Sala, a horticulture instructional assistant, pictured at American River College on April 18, 2022. (Photo by Alyssa Branum)


The horticulture department is looking for tree trimming and irrigation services as it develops as of April 18, 2022. (Photo by Alyssa Branum)


Plants are set up in the campus garden area to be cared for by the students and staff of the horticulture department, pictured here on April 18, 2022. (Photo by Alyssa Branum)


An array of native plants have been produced with the horticulture center such as these purple wildflowers on April 18, 2022. (Photo by Alyssa Branum)


As of April 2022, natural resource classes are all in the classroom or in the field, but for this semester horticulture has had only two classes on campus. (Photo by Alyssa Branum)


Labs have been able to provide on-hand experiences with the work needed to help upkeep the plants while the horticulture department looks to get more staff by the end of June 2022. (Photo by Alyssa Branum)


On-hand experience with these plants includes laying seed, pruning, transplanting plants or propagating to learn what upkeep is needed to be done for the plants to survive as in this photo from April 2022 in the horticulture center. (Photo by Alyssa Branum)