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Become A Landscaper

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Working As A Landscaper

  • 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

  • $26,693

    Average Salary

What Does A Landscaper Do At Compass Group, North America

* Cares for established lawns by mulching, aerating, weeding, grubbing and removing thatch, trimming and edging around flower beds, walks and walls.
* Plants flowers, pulls weeds, repairs structures and maintains outside of buildings as needed.
* Sweeps walkway of debris and cuts down tree limbs that are posing a danger.
* Rakes, mulches and prunes the grounds as needed.
* Decorates gardens with stones and plants.
* Plants seeds, bulbs, foliage, flowering plants, grass, ground covers, trees and shrubs.
* Uses gardening tools to apply mulch for protection.
* Attaches wires from planted trees to support stakes.
* Utilizes hand-operated construction equipment.
* Follows standard operating procedures for assigned tasks and projects; follows all safety protocol.
* Attends training as required.
* Deploys for emergency response due to inclement weather, i.e. snow and ice, tornado or other crisis.
* Performs other duties as assigned

What Does A Landscaper Do At GCA Services

* Perform tasks relating to the installation and maintenance of turf including mowing, fertilization, irrigation, insect/weed control, and dethatching, seeding, sodding, aeration and site preparation.
* Perform tasks relating to the installation and maintenance of trees, shrubs and flowers, including pruning, cabling, fertilization, irrigation, insect/weed control and removal as required.
* Perform tasks related to construction, installation and maintenance of sidewalks, patios, retaining walls, benches, sign standards, stairs and sweeping of paved areas.
* Maintain cleanliness of grounds including litter control, leaf removal and sweeping of paved areas.
* Operate and maintain equipment to perform above duties including tractors, one ton dump trucks, lawnmowers, line trimmers, blowers, chain saws, bucket trucks, rototillers, sand/salt spreaders and snow blowers.
* Report under emergency conditions such as snow removal, downed trees and storm water maintenance, as required.
* Assist with moving and special events, as required.
* Act as crew leader in some tasks as assigned.
* Perform related duties as assigned

What Does A Landscaper Do At Mac Properties

* Maintain all grounds, including garden area, sidewalks, public walkways, and stairways, building exteriors in a neat, clean and attractive condition.
* Mow and edge lawns and spread fertilizers.
* Prune and trim trees, shrubs and hedges.
* Water lawns, trees and plants.
* Remove snow from all sidewalks, public walkways and stair ways.
* Compact and remove trash and debris from the grounds.
* Complete assigned service requests and minor repairs consistent with company operating standards and in a timely manner.
* Comply with all applicable MAC policies and procedures including, but not limited to, company operating and safety standards.
* Ensure compliance with all federal, state and local laws, specifically Fair Housing regulations.
* Ability to work a flexible schedule, including on-call availability during winter months for snow removal.
* Other duties as assigned

What Does A Landscaper Do At Boca Raton Community Hospital

* Expected to have the ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence and memos.
* Possess knowledge of Windows and the Facilities Management Work Order System.
* Ensure outside walkways are clear of debris and pressure clean as necessary.
* Empty outdoor garbage receptacles.
* Perform minor preventive maintenance on assigned equipment.
* Ensure work sites are left clean and tools and equipment are secured.
* Ensure that golf carts and chargers are secured.
* Operate all equipment/tools correctly and safely.
* Recognize situations which require notification of a supervisor.
* Expected to have the ability to write simple correspondence.
* Should have the ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization

What Does A Landscaper Do At Durham Technical Community College

* Manage all Landscaping contracts, including but not limited to; Pre-bid, bidding, and execution of contracts.
* Manage the day to day operations of Durham Tech Landscaping
* Ensure all Durham Tech landscaping needs are addressed in a timely and efficient manner.
* Attend local landscaping conferences and seminars in order to remain up to date on the latest landscaping designs and trends.
* Design, purchase product, and plant all annual beds throughout our main, Northern Durham, and Orange County campuses.
* PM and inspect all landscaping equipment as required by Facility Services Preventive Maintenance program.
* Notify the Assistant Director of any equipment repairs needed.
* Ensure the main campus is free of litter each day by making daily morning and afternoon litter pickups.
* Prioritize, assign, and upon completion, return all work orders to the supervisor.
* Develop and implement an effective turf management program for all turf areas, including mowing grass, trimming shrubs, edges, walkways, and curbs; fertilizing; soil testing; treating for pre/post emergent weed control, insect and disease control, and irrigation turf areas in dry conditions.
* Develop and implement an effective program to provide complete care of all trees, plants and shrubs, including pruning, insect control, soil testing, fertilizing and liming, mulching, edging, and manual weeding.
* Responsible for tree, plant, and shrub removal and replacement due to storm, disease, or insect damage.
* Develop and implement a renovation and maintenance plan and schedule for existing landscape areas as well as select and install plantings as needed in existing and new areas to be landscaped.
* Inspect the college grounds and campus areas surrounding all buildings on the Northern Durham Center and Orange County Campus on a weekly basis and report all findings to the supervisor.
* Maintain and monitor parts and supply inventories and provide purchase requests to the supervisor as needed.
* Ensure that the workshop and storeroom areas associated with the grounds keeping and landscape equipment are maintained in a clean and orderly manner.
* Supervise and perform snow removal activities and spread salt or deicer on public walkways to prevent ice build-ups.
* Be willing to train and upgrade knowledge in assigned duties.
* Be willing and readily cooperative if reassigned from routine work assignments as needed to assist in temporary and emergency situations.
* Show initiative in the job to ensure a continuous, timely, and efficient operation, using good judgement without constant or direct supervision, and being alert for new ideas and improvements.
* Follow and complete work assignments as given by the supervisor.
* Be regular in attendance and willing to cooperate with other employees to complete duties and assignments.
* Wear uniforms as furnished by Durham Tech during normal working hours and be neat in appearance.
* Use and maintain all communication equipment as furnished by Durham Tech in compliance with all FCC regulations and as required by the Facility Services Department.
* Additional duties shall include other appropriate duties as assigned by the Director of Facility Services, Chief Division Officer, and/or the college President.
* Essential Functions:
* In general, the work of the Landscaper includes responsibility for the general upkeep and care of Durham Technical Community College’s grounds and campus areas surrounding all of the buildings on the main campus (including the Lawson and Cooper streets), Orange County Campus, and the Northern Durham Center campus.
* Through the Durham Tech Professional Development Program, the employee will be required to obtain a valid North Carolina Department of Agriculture Pesticide License: Classification
* Public Operator within one year of hire date

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How To Become A Landscaper

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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Landscaper Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    88.8%
  • Female

    10.0%
  • Unknown

    1.2%

Ethnicity

  • White

    80.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    12.3%
  • Asian

    5.7%
  • Unknown

    1.2%
  • Black or African American

    0.5%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    72.9%
  • French

    5.0%
  • Portuguese

    4.4%
  • German

    3.3%
  • Italian

    2.5%
  • Japanese

    2.2%
  • Chinese

    1.9%
  • Russian

    1.4%
  • Korean

    1.1%
  • Swedish

    0.6%
  • Mandarin

    0.6%
  • Ukrainian

    0.6%
  • Thai

    0.6%
  • Filipino

    0.6%
  • Carrier

    0.6%
  • Dakota

    0.6%
  • Polish

    0.6%
  • Swahili

    0.3%
  • Vietnamese

    0.3%
  • Romanian

    0.3%
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Real Landscaper Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Landscapers G.J Smith Inc. Nantucket, MA May 23, 2016 $43,264
Landscapers Champaux Landscape Nantucket, MA Apr 01, 2016 $43,264
Landscaper Surfing Hydrangea Nursery Nantucket, MA Apr 21, 2016 $43,264
Landscapers Matthew Palka Landscape Nantucket, MA Apr 01, 2016 $43,264
Landscaper Christopher Oberg Environmental Design Inc. Nantucket, MA Apr 15, 2016 $43,264
Landscapers Sconset Gardener Inc. MA Apr 01, 2015 $41,990
Landscapers G.J Smith Inc. MA Apr 01, 2015 $41,990
Landscapers Surfing Hydrangea Nursery Nantucket, MA Mar 15, 2015 $41,990
Landscaper Lisena Landscaping, Inc. NY Jan 03, 2016 $37,960
Landscaper Woodville Lawn and Garden Service MA Apr 01, 2016 $37,107
Landscaper Woodville Lawn and Garden Service Hopkinton, MA Apr 01, 2016 $37,107
Landscaper Dex By Terra Inc. Hudson, MA Apr 01, 2016 $37,107
Landscaper D. Ostuni Interior Landscaping Inc. D/B/A All Seasons Landscaping Palisades Park, NJ Jul 28, 2016 $36,837
Landscaper Louis Green Park Service Inc. LA Mar 02, 2015 $36,523
Landscaper Janine Fryer PA Apr 01, 2015 $31,055
Landscaper Bradley Landscape Development Encinitas, CA Feb 23, 2015 $30,222
Landscaper Remy Tree Inc. NY Apr 01, 2015 $30,032
Landscaper Summerhill Landscapes Inc. NY Mar 01, 2015 $30,032
Landscaper Craig James Socia Garden Design NY Mar 01, 2015 $30,032
Landscaper Landscape Details Inc. NY Mar 01, 2015 $30,032
Landscaper Wainscott Farms Inc. NY Mar 01, 2015 $30,032
Landscaper Southland Landscapes NY Mar 01, 2015 $30,032
Landscaper Erway's Landscaping + Pond Design Wilson, NY May 06, 2016 $28,028
Landscaper Wentworth By The Sea Country Club, Inc. Rye, NH Apr 01, 2016 $27,903
Landscaper Precision Landscaping, Inc. Casco, MI Jul 30, 2015 $27,706
Landscaper Trim Cut Landscaping, LLC MI May 15, 2015 $27,548
Landscaper E G Masonry LLC Pontiac, MI May 15, 2015 $27,548
Landscaper/Gounds Keeper Luis Landscape, LLC Collinsville, IL Feb 18, 2016 $27,277
Landscaper Trim Cut Landscaping, LLC Warren, MI Apr 02, 2016 $27,256
Landscaper Jordan Mulch Services, Inc. East Carondelet, IL Apr 01, 2016 $27,194

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Top Skills for A Landscaper

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Top Landscaper Skills

  1. Water Lawns
  2. Snow Removal
  3. Clean Flower Beds
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Water lawns, trees, and plants, using portable sprinkler systems, hoses, or watering cans.
  • Performed spring and fall yard clean up services and snow removal.
  • Trim and pick flowers, and clean flower beds.
  • Used Grounds keeping skills to operate machinery and take care of yard maintenance for large businesses.
  • Repaired and maintained tools and equipment; and operated mausoleum vaults, using hand tools.

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