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Most grounds maintenance workers need no formal education and are trained on the job. Most states require licensing for workers who apply pesticides and fertilizers.Education
Although most grounds maintenance jobs have no education requirements, some employers may require formal education or certification in areas such as landscape design, horticulture, or arboriculture.Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations
Most states require workers who apply pesticides and fertilizers to be licensed. Obtaining a license usually involves passing a test on the proper use and disposal of insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides.
The National Association of Landscape Professionals offers seven certifications in landscaping and grounds maintenance for workers at various experience levels.
The Tree Care Industry Association offers certification for tree care safety professionals.
The International Society of Arboriculture offers six certifications for workers at various experience levels.
The Professional Grounds Management Society offers certification for workers at various experience levels.Training
A short period of on-the-job training is usually enough to teach new hires the skills they need, which often include how to plant and maintain areas and how to use mowers, trimmers, leaf blowers, small tractors, and other equipment. Large institutional employers such as golf courses, university campuses, or municipalities may supplement on-the-job training with coursework in horticulture or small-engine repair.Advancement
Grounds maintenance workers who have good communication skills may become crew leaders or advance into other supervisory positions. Becoming a manager or a landscape contractor may require some formal education and several years of related work experience. Some workers use their experience to start their own landscaping companies.Important Qualities
Physical stamina. Grounds maintenance workers must be capable of doing physically strenuous labor for long hours, occasionally in extreme heat or cold.
Self-motivated. Because they often work with little supervision, grounds maintenance workers must be able to do their job independently.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Agricultural Farm Worker||Donald D. Knier Jr.||Garden City, KS||May 07, 2016||$52,312|
|Farm Worker||Donald D. Knier Jr.||Garden City, KS||Aug 19, 2016||$52,312|
|Farm Worker||Ty Wilmeth||Plains, TX||Apr 18, 2016||$48,443|
|Farm Worker||Tres Inc.||Amherst, TX||Oct 08, 2016||$45,302|
|Farm Worker||Bobby Crossland||Lamesa, TX||Oct 06, 2016||$45,302|
|Farm Worker||TDT Farms LLC||Hugoton, KS||Jul 11, 2016||$41,933|
|Farm Worker||Johan K Froese||Seminole, TX||Aug 08, 2016||$40,539 -
|Farm Worker||Kevin R Love & Kara Love||Seminole, TX||Jul 14, 2016||$38,563 -
|General Farm Worker||Ronnie & Barbara Love Farms||Seminole, TX||Apr 12, 2015||$38,563 -
|Agricultural Equipment Operator/Farm Worker||Ben Froese Farms||Seminole, TX||Sep 21, 2015||$38,563 -
|Farm Worker||Southwood Landscape & Nursery Co, Inc.||Tulsa, OK||Jan 02, 2016||$22,665|
|Orchard Worker-Peach Farm Worker||Zenner Orchard||Fredericksburg, TX||Jan 27, 2015||$22,665|
|Farm Worker, Laborer, Crop||Rollin J Farms||TX||Feb 05, 2015||$22,665|
|Farm Worker||Southwood Landscape & Nursery Co, Inc.||Tulsa, OK||Feb 01, 2015||$22,665|
|Farm Worker||Saxon Becnel and Sons of Texas||Orange, TX||Feb 02, 2015||$22,665|
|Farm Workers and Laborers, Crop||Long-Jackson LLC||Cedar Hill, TN||Jan 07, 2016||$22,644|
|Farm Worker Crop||Earl Robinson||Danville, KY||Jan 12, 2016||$22,644|
|Farm Workers & Laborers, Crop||Julie Rini||Paris, KY||Feb 15, 2016||$22,644|
|Farm Worker & Laborer, Crop||Classie Growers, LLC||FL||Nov 10, 2016||$22,331|
|Farm Workers||Pero Family Farms, LLC||Delray Beach, FL||Oct 15, 2016||$22,331|
|Crop Farm Worker/Laborer||Sauceda Contractors, Inc.||Hastings, FL||Jun 11, 2016||$22,331|
|Farm Workers||Pero Family Farms, LLC||Delray Beach, FL||Aug 11, 2016||$22,331|
|Farm Workers & Laborers||Citrus Harvesting, Inc.||Zolfo Springs, FL||Nov 28, 2016||$22,331|
|Farm Workers||Terry & Joe Baker Farms, LLC||East Palatka, FL||May 12, 2016||$22,331|
|Farm Workers||Pero Family Farms, LLC||Delray Beach, FL||Dec 15, 2016||$22,331|
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