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Grow and enhance your career through the ASHS Mentoring Program!

The ASHS Mentoring Program connects horticulturists at any career level and will provide both mentors and mentees opportunities to learn from others outside of their organization, share experiences, and develop new relationships. The structured program is designed to match members with a mentor who will serve as a guide for the purposes of professional development, information exchange, networking, personal growth, and career advancement.

Mentorship helps new horticulturists navigate through the sometimes confusing or complex situations they can face when starting their careers and assists professionals at any level to gain new insights and further develop their work, goals, and career interests. We hope that your involvement in this initiative will make a lasting impression on your career in horticulture.

ASHS Mentoring Program - How It Works

Mentoring program participants will be matched based on professional interests and using the information provided on the application form as a guide to find the best match. When a mentoring match is made, the mentor and mentee will be notified, and contact information provided. Meetings can be in person, via phone, or by other virtual means.

The ASHS Mentoring Program Handbook provides some suggested topics for the meetings, but together the participating individuals will determine their expectations and how best to structure the relationship.

Through one-on-one contact, mentors will be a resource and a coach for a six-month period. Mentors and mentees must meet at least once a month during that time. Participants may extend the relationship as desired.


Click here to sign up as a Mentor

ASHS Mentors must be ASHS members in good standing and have at least 5 years of professional experience.

Mentor Benefits

Mentors will benefit by giving back to the field of horticulture, expanding their network, sharing wisdom gained from years of experience, enhancing leadership skills, and learning from their mentee. Being a mentor can be a very rewarding experience – knowing that you can make a difference in someone’s life.

Mentor Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain relationships with your mentee through regular contact (at least once per month)

  • Serve as a positive role model for existing, new and young professionals

  • Set goals with your mentee

  • Suggest appropriate coursework, workshops, or annual conference program sessions to help your mentee achieve career goals

  • Connect your mentee with other professionals of interest

  • Maintain confidentiality with any information shared (sign the ASHS Mentoring Program Partnership Agreement)

  • Complete the ASHS Mentoring Program Final Evaluation at the completion of the six month period


Click here to sign up as a Mentee

Mentees must be ASHS members in good standing.

Mentee Benefits

Mentees will benefit from expanding their professional network, gaining a new perspective, developing strategies for dealing with a professional issue, having someone to answer their questions, and finding an increased confidence in themselves.

Mentee Responsibilities

  • Identify the skills, knowledge that you want to achieve and communicate them to your mentor

  • Develop and maintain an action plan and work with your mentor to set up goals, developmental activities, and time frames

  • Bring up new topics that are important to you at any point and give feedback to your mentor

  • Work with your mentor to find resources for learning; identify people and information that might be helpful

  • Look for opportunities to give back to your mentor; share any information that you think might be valuable

  • Develop and maintain relationships with mentors through regular contact (at least monthly)

  • Maintain confidentiality with any information shared (sign and submit ASHS Mentoring Program Partnership Agreement)

  • Complete the ASHS Mentoring Program Final Evaluation at the completion of the six month period
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