• Agriscience: Plant Science

    Explore the dynamic field of plant science! In a world increasingly shaped by technology, agriculture remains foundational to our society. Our program equips students with vital skills for nurturing plant life essential to various agricultural occupations. From greenhouse and nursery production to landscape design and management, we’ll dive into courses surrounding plant biology and landscape design. 

    Gain hands-on experience and master techniques in urban forestry, turf management and more! Earn certifications like landscape management technician, forestry worker and others that can pave the way for a rewarding career. Join Future Farmers of America (FFA) for leadership opportunities and hands-on experience in agriculture. 

    Program Overview

    Although we live in an increasingly digital age, Agriculture and Construction remain the backbone of civilization and foundation of global commerce. Albertville City Schools Agriculture Building and Construction program provides students with the basic skills needed in the construction of buildings commonly used in agricultural occupations. Emphasis is placed on skill development in blueprint reading, carpentry, plumbing, concrete work, and electrical wiring. 

    Courses Offered

    • Greenhouse & Nursery Production
    • Plant Biotechnology (3rd and/or 4th Science Credit Eligible)
    • Landscape Design & Management 
    • Urban Forestry
    • Turf Management
    • CTE Lab in AFNR
    • Career Pathway Project in AFNR

    Credentials Students Can Earn

    • Landscape Management Technician 
    • Urban Forestry Technician 
    • Setting of Landscape Plants (SLP) Permit
    • Landscape Design (LD) Permit
    • Landscape Design and Plant Materials Certification 
    • Forestry Worker Certification 
    • Turfgrass Management Certification 
    • FAA Part 107
    • Skid Steer: Skills for Success

    Employment Outlook

    Our Plant Science pathway provides a solid foundation for various entry-level positions in the field, and further education can lead to more advanced career opportunities with greater responsibilities and higher earning potential. 

    For students graduating from a plant science program without pursuing further education, there are several entry-level job opportunities available in this field. These may include:

    • Greenhouse Technician/Nursery Worker: Greenhouse technicians and nursery workers assist in the cultivation, care and maintenance of plants in greenhouse and nursery settings. They may propagate plants, transplant seedlings, water plants, apply fertilizers and pesticides and maintain greenhouse structures. 

    • Landscaping Assistant: Landscaping assistants work with landscape designers and contractors to install and maintain outdoor landscapes for residential, commercial and public spaces. They may assist with tasks such planting trees and shrubs, laying sod, installing irrigation systems and maintaining hardscape features. 

    • Turf Care Technician: Turf care technicians are responsible for the care and maintenance of lawns, parks, golf courses, athletic fields and other turfgrass areas. They may mow grass, apply fertilizers and pesticides, aerate soil, repair irrigation systems and oversee turfgrass health. 

    • Arborist Assistant: Arborist assistants work with certified arborists to care for trees in urban and natural environments. They may assist with tasks such as pruning, tree removal, tree planting, tree risk assessment and tree health monitoring. 

    • Plant Biotechnician: Plant biotechnicians assist researchers and scientists in laboratories or agricultural settings to conduct experiments related to plant genetics, biotechnology and crop improvement. They may assist with tasks such as tissue culture, genetic engineering and molecular breeding techniques. 

    For students interested in advancing their careers and taking on higher-level roles, pursuing further education, such as an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in horticulture, plant science, landscape architecture or a related field, can open up opportunities. Jobs that may require further education include:

    • Landscape Designer: Landscape designers create plans and designs for outdoor spaces, including gardens, parks, campuses and urban areas. They may work with clients to develop designs that meet their needs and preferences while considering factors such as aesthetics, functionality and sustainability. 

    • Arborist: Arborists are tree care professionals who specialize in the management and maintenance of trees. They assess tree health, diagnose tree diseases and disorders, recommend treatments and provide pruning and other tree care services. Certification through the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) is often required for arborist positions. 

    • Horticulturist: Horticulturists study and apply knowledge of plant biology, cultivation and management to improve plant growth, health and productivity. They may work in various sectors, including agriculture, landscaping, research, education and public gardens. A bachelor’s degree in horticulture or a related field is typically required.

    • Plant Biotechnologist: Plant biotechnologists conduct research and development projects related to plant genetics, biotechnology and crop improvement. They may work in academic institutions, government agencies, biotechnology companies or agricultural organizations to develop genetically modified crops, improve crop yields and enhance plant resistance to pests and diseases. 

    Student Organization

    Future Farmers of America (FFA) is an intra-curricular student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership. It is one of the three components of agricultural education. FFA is a dynamic youth organization that changes lives and prepares members for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

    Faculty Contact

    Tanner Mayo | tannermayo@albertk12.org