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Working As A Grounds Keeper

  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • $22,674

    Average Salary

What Does A Grounds Keeper Do

Grounds maintenance workers ensure that the grounds of houses, businesses, and parks are attractive, orderly, and healthy in order to provide a pleasant outdoor environment.

Duties

Grounds maintenance workers typically do the following:

  • Mow, edge, and fertilize lawns
  • Weed and mulch landscape beds
  • Trim hedges, shrubs, and small trees
  • Remove dead, damaged, or unwanted trees
  • Plant flowers, trees, and shrubs
  • Water lawns, landscapes, and gardens
  • Monitor and maintain plant health

Grounds maintenance workers are generally under the direction of a professional grounds manager and perform a variety of tasks to achieve a pleasant and functional outdoor environment. They also care for indoor gardens and plantings in commercial and public facilities, such as malls, hotels, and botanical gardens.

The following are examples of types of grounds maintenance workers:

Landscaping workers plant trees, flowers, and shrubs to create new outdoor spaces or upgrade existing ones. They also trim, fertilize, mulch, and water plants. Some grade and install lawns or construct hardscapes such as walkways, patios, and decks. Others help install lighting or sprinkler systems. Landscaping workers are employed in a variety of residential and commercial settings, such as homes, apartment buildings, office buildings, shopping malls, and hotels and motels.

Groundskeeping workers, also called groundskeepers, maintain grounds. They care for plants and trees, rake and mulch leaves, and clear snow from walkways. They work on athletic fields, golf courses, cemeteries, university campuses, and parks, as well as in many of the same settings that landscaping workers work. They also see to the proper upkeep of sidewalks, parking lots, fountains, fences, planters, and benches, as well as groundskeeping equipment.

Groundskeeping workers who care for athletic fields keep natural and artificial turf in top condition, mark out boundaries, and paint turf with team logos and names before events. They mow, water, fertilize, and aerate the fields regularly. They must ensure that the underlying soil on fields with natural turf has the composition required to allow proper drainage and to support the grass used on the field. In sports venues, they vacuum and disinfect synthetic turf to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and they remove the turf and replace the cushioning pad periodically.

Groundskeepers in parks and recreation facilities care for lawns, trees, and shrubs; maintain playgrounds; clean buildings; and keep parking lots, picnic areas, and other public spaces free of litter. They also may erect and dismantle snow fences and maintain swimming pools. These workers inspect buildings and equipment, make needed repairs, and keep everything freshly painted.

Some groundskeepers specialize in caring for cemeteries and memorial gardens. They dig graves to specified depths, generally using a backhoe. They mow grass regularly, apply fertilizers and other chemicals, prune shrubs and trees, plant flowers, and remove debris from graves.

Greenskeepers maintain golf courses. Their work is similar to that of groundskeepers, but they also periodically relocate holes on putting greens and maintain benches and tee markers along the course and provide more intense turf maintenance. In addition, greenskeepers keep canopies, benches, and tee markers repaired and freshly painted.

Pesticide handlers, sprayers, and applicators apply herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides on plants or the soil to prevent or control weeds, insects, and diseases. Those who work for chemical lawn or tree service firms are more specialized, inspecting lawns for problems and applying fertilizers, pesticides, and other chemicals to stimulate growth and prevent or control weeds, diseases, or insect infestations.

Tree trimmers and pruners, also called arborists, cut away dead or excess branches from trees or shrubs to clear utility lines, roads, and sidewalks. Although many of these workers strive to improve the appearance and health of trees and plants, some specialize in diagnosing and treating tree diseases. Others specialize in pruning, trimming, and shaping ornamental trees and shrubs. Tree trimmers and pruners use chain saws, chippers, and stump grinders while on the job. When trimming near power lines, they usually work on truck-mounted lifts and use power pruners.

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How To Become A Grounds Keeper

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.

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Grounds Keeper Demographics

Gender

Male

86.2%

Female

12.3%

Unknown

1.5%
Ethnicity

White

66.1%

Hispanic or Latino

13.8%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

5.7%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.3%

Dakota

6.3%

Ukrainian

4.2%

German

4.2%

Japanese

4.2%

French

4.2%

Russian

4.2%

Portuguese

2.1%

Tagalog

2.1%

Chinese

2.1%

Carrier

2.1%

Choctaw

2.1%

Polish

2.1%

Arabic

2.1%

Italian

2.1%
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Grounds Keeper Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.4%

Liberty University

7.1%

Sinclair Community College

6.2%

Idaho State University

6.2%

Ashford University

5.3%

Mohawk Valley Community College

5.3%

Eastern Michigan University

4.4%

Hinds Community College

4.4%

Grand Rapids Community College

4.4%

Pennsylvania State University

4.4%

Northern Arizona University

4.4%

Texas State Technical College - Waco

4.4%

Pittsburg State University

4.4%

Towson University

4.4%

Western Michigan University

4.4%

University of New Hampshire

3.5%

Lansing Community College

3.5%

Ferris State University

3.5%

University of Rhode Island

3.5%

Fox Valley Technical College

3.5%
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Majors

Business

19.8%

Criminal Justice

10.5%

General Studies

10.2%

Automotive Technology

5.7%

Graphic Design

5.1%

Precision Metal Working

4.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.2%

Kinesiology

3.9%

Education

3.7%

Psychology

3.6%

Computer Science

3.1%

Communication

3.1%

Liberal Arts

3.1%

Applied Horticulture

3.0%

General Education, Specific Areas

3.0%

Accounting

3.0%

Plant Sciences

2.8%

Mechanical Engineering

2.7%

Biology

2.5%

Environmental Science

2.4%
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Degrees

Other

46.3%

Bachelors

27.3%

Associate

13.5%

Certificate

7.5%

Masters

2.7%

Diploma

2.2%

Doctorate

0.4%

License

0.1%
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Real Grounds Keeper Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Grounds Keepers, Irrigation Tanto Irrigation, LLC NY Feb 15, 2015 $32,662
Grounds Keepers, Irrigation Tanto Irrigation, LLC CO Apr 01, 2015 $28,821
Grounds Keepers, Irrigation Tanto Irrigation, LLC Englewood, CO Apr 01, 2016 $28,467
Grounds Keeper/Gardener Sao Landscaping NJ Apr 15, 2015 $28,175
Temporary Landscaping and Groundkeeping Progressive Solutions LLC Morristown, TN Apr 25, 2016 $27,340
Landscape/Grounds Keeper Lost Valley Ranch CO Feb 15, 2013 $26,922
Grounds Keepers Swift Straw II, LLC GA Dec 23, 2013 $26,672
Grounds Keepers Swift Straw II, LLC GA Nov 15, 2014 $26,296
Landscaper/Grounds Keeper Luis Landscape, LLC IL Feb 02, 2015 $26,129
Landscaping Ground-Keepers Sanchez Landscaping, LLC NJ May 10, 2013 $25,983
Landscaping and Grounds Keepers Workers Anderson Landscaping, Inc. Sioux Falls, SD Apr 27, 2016 $25,900
Grounds Keepers, Irrigation Tanto Irrigation, LLC Las Vegas, NV Apr 01, 2016 $25,858
Grounds Keeper The Country Club of Virginia Richmond, VA Apr 01, 2016 $25,691
Landscaper/Grounds Keeper Luis Landscape, LLC IL Mar 05, 2014 $25,399
Grounds Keepers Martinez Transport, LLC GA Dec 02, 2014 $25,274
Grounds Keepers Swift Straw II, LLC GA Nov 05, 2013 $24,710
Landscaping and Grounds Keeper Workers Landscape Garden Centers SD Apr 01, 2015 $23,834
Grounds Keeper Camp Rio Vista, Inc. Ingram, TX Apr 01, 2015 $22,915
Grounds Keeper Camp Rio Vista, Inc. TX Apr 01, 2014 $22,874
Grounds Keepers J.C. Castro Harvesting GA May 16, 2013 $22,811
Grounds Keeper The Country Club of Virginia, Inc. VA Apr 01, 2014 $22,352
Landscaper/Grounds Keeper Luis Landscape, LLC IL Mar 01, 2013 $22,164
Landscaping and Grounds Keeping Abs-A Best Services Inc. Belton, TX Mar 01, 2015 $21,914
Grounds Keeper Camp Rio Vista, Inc. TX Apr 01, 2013 $21,788
Grounds Keepers Swift Straw II, LLC FL Mar 25, 2014 $21,204
Grounds Keeper The Country Club of Virginia, Inc. VA Apr 01, 2013 $19,701

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Top Skills for A Grounds Keeper

  1. General Upkeep
  2. Repair Tools
  3. Removal
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  • Perform general maintenance of apartments and general upkeep of building, grounds and pool as well as on-call duties: emergency repairs
  • Performed routine maintenance on golf course including mowing, greens repair, tree removal, irrigation, and cart maintenance.
  • Supervised contractors under direct instruction of Chief Engineer.
  • Evaluated facilities degradation and provide preventative maintenance.
  • Perform the bed preparation, planting, weeding, irrigation and chemical application of all flower beds and planting areas.

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Top 10 Best States for Grounds Keepers

  1. Connecticut
  2. Alaska
  3. Rhode Island
  4. Massachusetts
  5. Vermont
  6. New Hampshire
  7. Wisconsin
  8. Minnesota
  9. Washington
  10. Colorado
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