Mark's Story

"Tell us a little bit about your background – where you grew up – interests etc.- schooling – what you like to do in your free time."

I grew up in a suburb just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, far enough from the city to spend my youth in parks and gardens. When I was a kid, long before I'd developed a passion for the landscape, my grandparents dragged me to Longwood Gardens time and time again. Later, when it was time to choose a path for my education, I found myself drawn back to nature and began work on my B.S. In Horticulture at Temple University.

For as long as I can remember, I've spent as much time as possible outdoors. Camping, hiking, biking, running, you name it. Lately, I've been working my way through the trails of the White Mountains, exploring a bit more whenever I can find time for a weekend hike. Otherwise, I spend my leisure time playing video games or board games with friends.

Why did you apply to NatureWorks?

During my time at Temple, I had the opportunity to join the Isabella Welles Hunnewell Internship Program at the Arnold Arboretum, an experience which impacted me so thoroughly that I decided to return to Boston after graduation. It was during this time that I first heard of NatureWorks; Nicole Forsyth, a friend of mine from the internship at the Arnold Arboretum, recommended NatureWorks as a unique company built and staffed by passionate employees.

Tell us about your interview process with NatureWorks and why you chose us. What were your first impressions of NatureWorks, and what was your first day/week/year like?

I chose to work for NatureWorks due to the level of professionalism I observed during my interview process. Once hired, I was struck by the pristine landscapes and high quality equipment I was working with, which stirred in me a newfound passion to grow myself and my skills.

During my first year of employment, I learned a great deal from the team at NatureWorks; their commitment to quality humbles me to this day. Over time and through my desire to represent the company with the utmost excellence, I've grown strong, trusting relationships with my clients and have developed a keen understanding of their landscapes, enabling me and my colleagues to improve their quality of life by maintaining and enhancing their gardens. This, in turn, has born in me a deep feeling of satisfaction and commitment to my work.

Anyone here such as an account manager/co worker made the difference in your success…what you learned from them?

Mary Sullivan has been an exceptional manager and mentor. I've worked with her directly for most of my time at NatureWorks, during which she has guided my growth personally and professionally. With her guidance, I've improved my leadership skills and went forth to acquire my MCLP and my Massachusetts Pesticide Applicator License.

What advice can you give to a prospective applicant/future NatureWorks employee?

The most important advice I can offer to future NatureWorks employees is this: grow yourself as much as you can, and take advantage of any opportunity you have to learn.