In this final installment of the 2019 Intern Files, we’d like you to meet intern Parrish Pettway. Parrish will soon enter his final year at Mississippi State University, where he is studying Landscape Architecture & Contracting. This marks his second summer working in Landscape Workshop’s Construction division in the Central Alabama branch. Project Manager Will Howell has mentored Parrish throughout his internships and has noticed his progression throughout this time. He explains, “Parrish is a second year intern, which has allowed him to dive right back into working with our team. He has taken on more responsibility on the job due to the trust he’s earned and the respect he continues to gain.”
How did you first become interested in the green industry?
I’ve always enjoyed working outside and creating something with my own hands. A friend and I started a small lawn care company in high school that took off quickly, and I soon realized that I could work outside and interact with all kinds of different people. I think that is what really drew me into the industry.
Why did you decide to intern with LW?
This is my second internship with Landscape Workshop. It was a very easy decision to come back. I really enjoy working with everyone, as they are all positive and happy and just enjoyable to be around. It makes the day go by faster and the work a little easier. Landscape Workshop is also a very bottom-up style company, which allows everyone to have a voice no matter what your roll is in the company. This often produces faster and easier ways of work, as well as a much better product.
What is a “typical” day like?
On a typical day, I arrive at the shop around 6:30 a.m. Then I am briefed on which crew I will be joining for the week, or simply the day, and the task at hand. Every day is different. Some days we can knock out over half a job, but other days we barely make a dent in the scope of work. Some jobs take a few days, while others take several months to complete. Sometimes we spend the day grading beds and areas for sod. Other days we may spend all day planting trees and making sure they are perfectly straight and in the correct spot. I guess the best part is that a “typical day” is never typical, and each day presents its own challenges to overcome.
What have you enjoyed most in your internship?
I’ve really enjoyed working with everyone. Everyone is easy to get along with and work alongside. They are also very open and willing to teach me new things or new ways of completing tasks that I have never seen before.
What is the most valuable lesson you have learned this summer?
The most valuable lesson I’ve learned is just to keep your head down and work. There is no sense in complaining – just get your work done and move on to the next challenge.
Share a fun fact about yourself.
I am currently on the fire department at school and recently completed an EMT course. I have been involved with the fire service for over 5 years now.