The Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association (RINLA) is a 501©(6) professional trade
association representing a diverse set of professionals in plant-based industries. With a commitment to
stewardship, equity and education, to innovating and advancing the industry, RINLA’s members include
nurseries, landscape contractors, arborists, green engineers, stone masons, tree care experts, garden
centers, landscape architects and designers, fruit and vegetable growers, compost and mulch
producers, fine gardeners, and others. Among the members are small and medium size businesses,
regional outposts of large multinational companies, multi-generational businesses, and start-ups.
In February 2018, RINLA established a multi-employer Registered Apprenticeship program in order to
train and retain the next generation of workers and leaders in these diverse industries. The Registered
Apprenticeship model is very familiar in the construction trades, but it is new to plant-based industries.
As RINLA grows this program, we are also working to strengthen the ecosystem within which it exists, by
advocating for supportive policies and building pipelines of new people into the industry. The program is
the first of its kind in the country.
The Apprenticeship Coordinator will serve as the apprenticeship program’s project manager, ensuring
that all components of the program are well integrated and running smoothly. The person in this position
participates in program planning and strategy development with the Executive Director, and is
responsible for executing that strategy. The ideal candidate for this position is an engaging and
excellent communicator, a highly organized project manager, and a builder with an entrepreneurial
spirit. The Apprenticeship Coordinator is the consistent face of the program for participating employers
and apprentices, with work touching each part of the program’s cycle, including recruitment, candidate
vetting, program orientation and onboarding, oversight throughout the apprenticeship year, program
evaluation, program adaptations, improvements and refinements. Throughout this cycle, the
Apprenticeship Coordinator will implement a range of services designed to support apprentices in
successful program completion, retain and grow the number of businesses participating in the program,
and manage a pipeline of prospective apprentices to meet RINLA member company workforce needs.
This is a year-round contract position, averaging 32 hours per week with predictable peaks and lulls
over the course of the year. This position is based at RINLA’s office at the University of Rhode Island’s
East Farm in Kingston. Some remote work is also possible. Frequent travel around Rhode Island for
program events and meetings is required.
The Apprenticeship Coordinator works in close collaboration with the Education and Training
Coordinator and RINLA’s full team and reports directly to the Executive Director.
• Oversee all required program administration, tracking and reporting.
• Shepherd apprentices through successful completion of training programs.
• Coordinate with the Executive Director to ensure alignment between apprentice and employer
experience, and liaise with the Apprenticeship Training Committee (ATC) as program
modifications are needed.
• Participate in designing and then lead execution of the Job Match program, through which
prospective program participants are recruited and screened.
• Maintain program evaluation tools in order to track individuals’ progress, employer/company
engagement, program impacts, and alumni.
• Represent and promote the Registered Apprenticeship program to community partners and
pipeline organizations to build a pipeline of prospective apprentices.
• Coordinate with Apprenticeship RI to ensure that resources, services, and training opportunities
• Design and deliver program orientations.
• Create opportunities for apprentices to come together over the course of the apprenticeship
year to maximize the experience of the cohort.
• Improve onboarding materials for apprentices and employers (e.g. a program handbook).
• Bachelor’s Degree
• At least 5 years of experience in one or more sectors of plant-based industry (landscape,
nursery, or horticulture)
• Strong project management skills
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
• Proven ability to overcome obstacles in a collaborative manner
• Highly motivated self-starter capable of creative thinking and focused on outcomes
• Ability to ask excellent questions and actively listen to the answers
• Entrepreneurial approach to problem solving
• Ability to plan strategically and tactically for the immediate and long term simultaneously
• Spanish speaker preferred
• Computer literacy
• Access to reliable transportation for meetings and site visits, as needed.
If you want to play a key role in developing innovative, hands-on workforce opportunities and career
pathways within the state’s plant-based industries, have the experience and qualifications for this
position, and want to join an ambitious organization, please send a cover letter and resume to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “RINLA Apprenticeship Program Coordinator” in the subject line.
Qualified candidates will be contacted by phone and email. Background checks and a computer literacy
test may be required of final candidates. RINLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.