The Level Green Culture Blog

Behind the scenes and insider information for landscaping careers and green industry jobs.

As a kid, Anthony Fuller hated going to the dentist. Those little plastic trinkets kids got afterwards were all that got him through.

‘“I wanted to change that experience for somebody else,” he says. So he majored in biology at Georgetown University and planned to go to dental school.

Then he found out how much it would cost, and that it would take him 11 years to pay off the debt.

New plan: landscaping.

It’s hard to imagine him doing anything else.

Clearing snow kicks your butt.

The hours are long, and often through the night. A storm can last for days. The simple act of hopping down from your truck can land you face down on a slick of black ice. (Pro tip: never jump down from your truck in the winter.)

Here’s how Level Green Landscaping prepares its people, from keeping them safe to boosting their morale during this cold, tough work.

Jose Ruiz grew up in balmy El Salvador, where the temperature hovers at 85 degrees, coconut palms and tropical orchids flourish and he worked in sunny fields harvesting beans and corn.

Then, he moved to Boston. In the winter. And got a job shoveling snow.

What must that have been like?

“Aauuugh!” Jose says.

Totally.

He was 24 at the time, and a pretty sturdy guy. But still.

“There were times I thought, ‘What was I thinking?’” he says with a laugh. “It was very, very hard to acclimate to the weather. But I thought, you know what? I’m here now. I made my decision.”

When Emilie Roper was a kid, her doodles didn’t look like other kids’ scribbles.

She sketched lush parklike landscapes, filled with trees and fountains.

Her mom saw it as a clue to a future profession, but Emilie wasn’t sure.

She decided to be a special education teacher, taking early childhood education classes at Brigham Young University-Idaho.

“But I didn’t love it,” Emilie says. “I really struggled through the classes.”

Then one day, inspired by a friend who was taking a landscape design class, Emilie decided to design an outdoor learning area for special needs kids for a class project.

Bam. It energized her.

When Corey Rill was in college at Virginia Tech, he had two majors. One was turf grass management. The other was ocean and aerospace engineering.

“One math problem took six hours,” he says of the engineering classes.

When it was time to settle on a career, he chose grass. It’s worked out pretty well.

Now, as account manager at Level Green Landscaping, Corey tends to some pretty nice turf. But there’s so much more.