WHAT DO GROUNDSKEEPERS DO?
Do you take pride in your mowing? Can you tell a begonia from a crepe myrtle? You could be ready for a job as a groundskeeper. Groundskeepers work on the lawns and grounds of houses, businesses and parks to keep them healthy, pleasant and free from giant, man-eating Venus Flytraps.
Groundskeepers work exclusively on existing grounds and use various hand tools and gas-powered tools to mow and maintain grass, rake leaves, trim bushes and trees, plant flowers and shrubbery, remove dead plants, water and fertilize vegetation and get grounds ready for seasonal changes. They must make sure their tools are maintained properly, and work outside in all types of weather.
Groundskeepers at specific jobs also have specialized duties. For instance, groundskeepers at cemeteries will have to use equipment to dig graves, and groundskeepers at sports facilities may have to maintain turf or synthetic turf.
HOW MUCH DO GROUNDSKEEPERS MAKE?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that in 2010, grounds maintenance workers earned a median income of $11.41 hourly, or $23,740 annually.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
There are no formal education requirements, although some employers may prefer some sort of background or education in landscape design, horticulture or similar. Most specific training is done on-the-job.
Licenses are required by states to apply pesticides, and certification is available, but not required.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Self-Motivation: Groundskeepers work by themselves, so must be able to stay focused and get the job done.
- Stamina: Groundskeepers work in all kinds of weather, and spend most of their day on their feet digging, raking and doing demanding physical labor.
THE FUTURE OF GROUNDSKEEPERS
Groundskeeper jobs will grow a little faster than average jobs between 2010 and 2020, according to the BLS.