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Author Topic: Seeking Gardener Apprenticeship or Related Employment  (Read 919 times)


  • Niwashi
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Seeking Gardener Apprenticeship or Related Employment
« on: June 06, 2017, 05:02:50 AM »
To Whom This May Concern:

I am interested in learning how to become an apprentice or similar position with a Japanese garden or nursery. Although I have no experience in this field, I have worked as an archaeologist (in grad school) and as a professional archaeologist in cultural resources management; with some landscape archaeology as part of my field school curriculum.

I have been interested in Japanese gardens since my grad school days and have visited them in the DC and San Francisco areas and have traveled to Japan twice, including Kyoto.

Any leads or assistance for this request is much appreciated.


George Svokos


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Re: Seeking Gardener Apprenticeship or Related Employment
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2019, 06:22:48 PM »
I know this is an old thread, but it's still online and without answer, so I like to share how I got my placement for a landscaping-training in Japan:
I live in Switzerland. Nine years ago I had the great opportunity to make a one year training at a small but very good landscaping company in Hamamatsu, Japan.
I contacted agrimpuls.ch, a group founded by the Swiss farmers Association. They offer placements for exchange training with foreign countries, especially in farming, but also in gardening. So they replied, asked for mor information about me and sent me some forms to fill out and after one or two appointments with the responsible person I had my contract with the host family in Japan. I think I received the contract a bit more than 6 months in advance of my training.
Maybe there is a similar organisation in your country where you could ask?

Best regards


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Re: Seeking Gardener Apprenticeship or Related Employment
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2019, 03:20:32 PM »
Thank you for replying to this post.  We do see questions about how to go about finding an internship or apprenticeship in Japanese gardening, so I believe your information will be appreciated!

Thanks again,