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Landscaper / Groundskeeper

Landscape workers/groundskeepers typically work outdoors tending the grounds of a variety of buildings or structures. They typically work for a landscaping/groundskeeping company. They can work outside of privately-owned homes, or for larger organizations that have large buildings. If you are a landscape worker/groundskeeper you will have some clearly defined and repetitive tasks (e.g., planting and shaping shrubs and flowers, mowing lawns).

Education

This job usually does not have an educational requirement.

Previous Experience

Previous experience doing similar work or working in a similar setting is preferred. Although many employers prefer that you have previous experience in the same or similar area of employment, it is strongly encouraged that you apply anyways if you have the required skills.

Job Duties

  • Plant, spray, weed, and fertilize flowers, plants, shrubs, and trees.
  • Water greenery using watering cans or garden hoses.
  • Tend to the surrounding grounds by cutting grass, digging trenches, mulching, aerating, raking, pruning, and trimming bushes, shrubs, flowers, plants, and trees.
  • Shovel snow off the sidewalks/parking lots and distribute salt/sand.
  • Use gardening hand tools to cut, trim, and prune trees, shrubs, and plants.
  • Operate larger powered machinery and equipment (e.g., lawnmowers, chainsaws, leafblowers, snowblowers, weed eaters, clippers and pruners).
  • Move potted plants, flowers, shrubs, and trees using wheelbarrows or carts.
  • Pot and transplant shrubs, plants, flowers, and trees.
  • Examine and inspect flowers, plants, shrubs, and trees for disease and insects.
  • Sweep and tidy work areas to maintain cleanliness.
  • Conduct needed repairs on equipment or other outdoor structures (e.g., benches, fences, gates, signs).

What’s Your Scene?

This job requires that you are able to work ‘Behind the Scene’. If you are working as a landscaper / groundskeeper, you will not be working with the public on a regular basis.  However, you may be required to speak with and interact with co-workers. You will also need to communicate with your supervisor to find out what duties need to be taken care of.

Skills / Abilities

Manual Dexterity - This job requires the repeated and coordinated use of your arms, hands, wrists, and fingers to use handheld tools and manually weed plants, etc.

Oral Comprehension - Demonstrated ability to follow verbal instructions and ideas.

Physical Strength – This job requires that you are physically able to lift and carry heavy items (e.g., potted plants and shrubs).

Environmental Demands

Location – If you work as a landscape worker/groundskeeper, you will be working outdoors, therefore, you will need to like working in the sun.

Noise Level - The noise level will range from quiet to loud. If you are working near powered equipment or machinery (e.g., lawnmowers, leafblowers, weed eaters) you will be exposed to loud noises. Typically, you will be required to wear headphones on your ears to protect your hearing. There may be other times when it is fairly quiet (e.g., raking mulch, planting flowers).

Lighting Level - You will usually be exposed to natural lighting (e.g., sunlight).

Work Hours- This job will range from short to long working shifts. Landscape workers/groundskeepers work during the day, typically between 8am to 6pm. You will have to discuss with your employer the types of shifts you can work.

Amount of Movement –This job typically requires that you stand for long periods of time and may involve heavy manual labor. You will need to be able to stand, sit, walk, bend, stoop, reach, lift, push, pull, and carry items for this job. For example, you may need to lift a large potted plant into a wheelbarrow and pull the wheelbarrow to a designated area to remove the plant.

Cleanliness and Odors - This job setting can get messy as you will be working with plants, bushes, flowers, shrubs, water, soil, and dirt. In addition, if you are required to spray pesticides onto greenery, you will need to make sure you can tolerate the smell of pesticides.

Work Attire - Work attire will typically be casual clothing as you will most likely get dirt on your clothes. Some employers may give you a t-shirt/hat with a company logo on it or overalls to wear at work. They may also require that you wear hats (to protect you from the sun), gloves, and steel-toed boots. If working with loud powered tools, you may be required to wear headphones on your ears to protect your hearing.

Structure and Predictability - This job will typically have a moderate degree of structure and predictability.  This means that you might complete the same tasks each day, or you may have different tasks each day.  These tasks might not be done in the same order each day.  You might not always know ahead of time how long each task will take to complete.  You might work in the same areas each day, and you might interact with the same people each day.

What's the Pace?

    • Steady:  In most cases, the work pace will be steady, which means that you will always have some work to do.  When the work pace is steady, you are working at a level “5” on a scale of “1” (nothing to do) to “10” (extremely busy, rushed pace).

 
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