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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|
|Lanscaper Gardener||Eastern Land Management, Inc.||Stamford, CT||Aug 14, 2008||$38,985|
|Topiary Gardener||Gilmer Farms Inc.||Miami, FL||Jan 14, 2011||$37,149|
|Gardener||Shanti Bithi Nursery||Stamford, CT||Dec 09, 2010||$33,100|
|Gardener/Groundskeeper||Showplace||Freehold, NJ||Jan 01, 1970||$30,262|
|Landascape Gardener||Plantasia, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Aug 31, 2010||$30,136|
|Gardener||Bartolini Landscaping Inc.||Jefferson Valley-Yorktown, NY||Nov 20, 2009||$28,926|
|Gardener||Complete Landscaping Service, Inc.||Reston, VA||Nov 12, 2009||$28,863|
|Vineyard & Vegetable Gardener||RMV Farms LLC||NY||Jul 15, 2016||$25,044|
|Gardener||Earth||Ridgecrest, CA||Jul 23, 2008||$22,602|
|Gardener||Alpha One Environmental Landscape||Orange, CA||Mar 04, 2011||$22,185|
|Gardener||Fairway Landscape & Irrigation, Inc.||Riverside, CA||Apr 28, 2009||$22,143|
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