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Working As A Grounds Maintenance Worker

  • 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

  • $24,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Grounds Maintenance Worker 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 Maintenance Worker

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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Average Length of Employment
Grounds Foreman 3.7 years
Maintenance Worker 2.4 years
Lawn Care Worker 2.3 years
Grounds Keeper 2.3 years
Grounds Person 2.1 years
Ground Worker 2.1 years
Landscape Labour 2.0 years
Landscaper 2.0 years
Ground Crew 1.7 years
Top Careers Before Grounds Maintenance Worker
Cashier 7.4%
Janitor 5.3%
Custodian 4.7%
Internship 4.2%
Driver 3.8%
Cleaner 3.6%
Cook 3.4%
Top Careers After Grounds Maintenance Worker
Cashier 7.5%
Driver 5.1%
Custodian 5.0%
Internship 4.2%
Cook 4.0%
Technician 3.4%
Assistant 3.4%
Server 3.1%

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Grounds Maintenance Worker Demographics

Gender

Male

79.1%

Unknown

12.3%

Female

8.6%
Ethnicity

White

64.1%

Hispanic or Latino

15.4%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

5.7%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

78.1%

German

3.1%

Braille

3.1%

Japanese

3.1%

Amharic

3.1%

Tigrinya

3.1%

Russian

3.1%

Arabic

3.1%
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Grounds Maintenance Worker Education

Schools

The Academy

10.4%

Purdue University

7.8%

Southwestern College

6.5%

Tidewater Community College

6.5%

Lincoln College of Technology - Melrose Park

5.2%

Orange Coast College

5.2%

Cuyamaca College

5.2%

Fayetteville Technical Community College

5.2%

Liberty University

5.2%

University of Northern Colorado

3.9%

Ohio University -

3.9%

Brigham Young University

3.9%

University of Wisconsin - Stout

3.9%

Washtenaw Community College

3.9%

Prince George's Community College

3.9%

Montgomery College

3.9%

Western Illinois University

3.9%

State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill

3.9%

Vincennes University

3.9%

Augusta Technical College

3.9%
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Majors

Business

21.0%

General Studies

12.4%

Automotive Technology

7.9%

Criminal Justice

6.9%

Applied Horticulture

4.7%

Precision Metal Working

4.2%

Liberal Arts

4.0%

Mechanical Engineering

4.0%

Computer Science

3.7%

Kinesiology

3.7%

Psychology

3.5%

Heating And Air Conditioning

3.5%

Education

3.2%

Management

3.2%

Plant Sciences

2.5%

Communication

2.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.5%

Electrical Engineering

2.2%

Political Science

2.2%

History

2.2%
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Degrees

Other

41.2%

Bachelors

28.4%

Associate

14.1%

Certificate

8.9%

Diploma

3.9%

Masters

3.0%

Doctorate

0.2%

License

0.1%
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Average Yearly Salary
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Median 50%
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$39,000
Max 90%
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Highest Paying City
Santa Rosa, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.5 years
How much does a Grounds Maintenance Worker make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Grounds Maintenance Worker in the United States is $24,140 per year or $12 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $14,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $39,000.

Real Grounds Maintenance Worker Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Grounds Maintenance Worker Weian L.P. East Hampton, NY Dec 18, 2009 $37,566
Grounds Maintenance Worker Ocean Bay Management, Inc. NY Mar 15, 2013 $32,349
Grounds Maintenance Worker General Imports Corp MD Aug 15, 2013 $31,305
Ground Maintenance Worker Cespedes and Sons LLC Warren, NJ Jun 09, 2010 $30,074
Grounds Maintenance Worker Pete's Lawn Care, Inc. NY May 16, 2013 $30,011
Grounds Maintenance Worker The Merriam Manor at Newton Newton, NJ Aug 03, 2016 $29,900
Grounds Maintenance Worker Y&L Landscaping Inc. Baltimore, MD Apr 01, 2016 $28,571
Grounds Maintenance Worker Y and L Landscaping Inc. Baltimore, MD Apr 01, 2016 $28,571
Landscape, Grounds Maintenance Worker Fullerton Landscape Architects, LLC NJ Mar 31, 2014 $28,404
Grounds Maintenance Worker Y&L Landscaping Inc. MD Mar 15, 2015 $28,300
Grounds Maintenance Worker Ismael Masonry LLC Pontiac, MI Jun 07, 2016 $27,256
Grounds Maintenance Worker Prunty Lawn Care MO Apr 06, 2015 $26,108
Grounds Maintenance Worker Pizzo Contracting Inc. Toms River, NJ Jun 26, 2015 $25,917
Grounds Maintenance Worker Smoketree Landscape Services, Inc. LA Mar 01, 2014 $25,628
Grounds Maintenance Worker Summit Landscape and Design San Antonio, TX Apr 25, 2016 $25,482
Grounds Maintenance Worker Vanderbilt Landscaping, LLC Smyrna, TN Apr 01, 2016 $25,086
Grounds Maintenance Worker Vanderbilt Landscaping, LLC TN Apr 01, 2015 $24,940
Grounds/Maintenance Worker Mammoser Farms, Inc. Eden, NY Nov 30, 2016 $24,501
Grounds Maintenance Worker Lot Maintenance of Ok, Inc. Tulsa, OK Apr 08, 2008 $23,896
Grounds/Maintenance Worker Mammoser Farms, Inc. Eden, NY Nov 30, 2015 $23,500
Winter Grounds Maintenance Worker Rexcroft Farm, LLC Athens, NY Dec 25, 2015 $23,500
Laborer, Grounds Maintenance Workers Basin Contractors, LLC Rosedale, LA Apr 15, 2016 $23,416
Grounds/Maintenance Worker Mammoser Farms, Inc. Eden, NY Nov 30, 2014 $23,416
Winter Grounds Maintenance Worker Rexcroft Farm, LLC Athens, NY Dec 13, 2014 $23,416
Grounds Maintenance Worker Lot Maintenance of Ok, Inc. Tulsa, OK Apr 02, 2008 $22,957
Grounds Maintenance Worker Lot Maintenance of Ok, Inc. Tulsa, OK Feb 22, 2008 $22,957
Grounds Maintenance Workers TG Resources LLC Duncan, OK Apr 01, 2016 $22,936
Grounds Maintenance Worker Hill Country Assisted Living Boerne, TX Aug 21, 2015 $22,915
Grounds/Maintenance Worker Mammoser Farms, Inc. Eden, NY Nov 30, 2013 $22,769

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Top Skills for A Grounds Maintenance Worker

  1. Grounds Maintenance
  2. Hand Tools
  3. Preventative Maintenance
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  • Performed general grounds maintenance and landscaping for condominium complex.
  • Maintained property, landscaping and dug graves with use of heavy equipment, including backhoe, bobcats and hand tools.
  • Complete preventative maintenance and upkeep of all district buildings and grounds.
  • Used lawn equipment to maintain grass, trees, flower beds, and paper pickup around the outside of where house.
  • Performed work according to all applicable safety rules and procedures.

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  3. Pennsylvania
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