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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.
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Hispanic or Latino9.3%
Black or African American0.5%
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University of Phoenix10.0%
Southern Illinois University Carbondale7.1%
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point5.7%
Kansas State University5.7%
Iowa State University5.7%
Ohio University -4.3%
Mitchell Technical Institute4.3%
New Castle School of Trades4.3%
Walla Walla Community College4.3%
Chippewa Valley Technical College4.3%
Buckeye Hills Career Center4.3%
Northwest Lineman College4.3%
Big Sandy Community and Technical College4.3%
Rend Lake College4.3%
Mid-America Technology Center4.3%
Mineral Area College4.3%
Spoon River College4.3%
Idaho State University4.3%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Tree Trimmers and Pruners||Precision Tree Service, Inc.||Montvale, NJ||Oct 26, 2012||$51,147|
|Tree Trimmers and Pruners||Tree Tech, Inc.||NJ||Oct 05, 2012||$48,356|
|Tree Trimmer||Trees Are for Us, Inc.||WI||Feb 01, 2012||$43,723|
|Tree Trimmer and Pruner||ZINO Nurseries and Landscaping Inc.||North Salem, NY||Apr 13, 2015||$43,702|
|Tree Trimmer||Michael Serio Inc.||Bedford Hills, NY||Jul 27, 2015||$43,701|
|Tree Trimmer/Climber||ABC Professional Tree Services, Inc.||Swansea, MA||Apr 01, 2016||$43,117|
|Tree Trimmer||Rescue Tree Service Inc.||Hotchkiss, CO||Mar 28, 2016||$42,848|
|Tree Trimmer||Westchester Tree Life, Inc.||Chappaqua, NY||Apr 01, 2016||$41,823|
|Tree Trimmers & Pruners||Rolling Green, Inc.||Mira Loma, CA||Mar 07, 2011||$40,976|
|Tree Trimmers and Pruners||Basso Landscaping, Inc.||New York, NY||Nov 16, 2012||$39,194 -
|Tree Trimmer/Pruner||Grealish Tree Service LLC||Southampton, NY||Feb 13, 2015||$39,166|
|Tree Trimmer/Climber||ABC Professional Tree Services, Inc.||Kansas City, KS||Aug 17, 2016||$38,672|
|Tree Trimmer Foreman||Orleans Co. Tree Service||Petersburg, VA||May 08, 2016||$38,526|
|Tree Trimmers and Pruners||Rock's Lawn Care/Stump Out LLC||Gray, LA||Mar 15, 2016||$38,484|
|Tree Trimmer/Pruner||First Choice Tree Care Inc.||Mequon, WI||Apr 18, 2016||$34,644|
|Tree Trimmers and Pruners||George's Market and Nursery LLC||NY||Feb 20, 2013||$34,185|
|Tree Trimmer/Climber||ABC Professional Tree Services, Inc.||VA||Apr 01, 2015||$33,955|
|Tree Trimmer/Climber||ABC Professional Tree Services, Inc.||VA||Apr 06, 2015||$33,559|
|Tree Trimmers & Pruners||Lincolndale Landscaping Inc.||NY||Jan 28, 2011||$33,134|
|Tree Trimmers & Pruners||J G Tree Corp. D/B/A Perfect Cut Tree Service Inc.||Pomona, NY||Feb 17, 2012||$33,134|
|Tree Trimmer and Pruner||R.B. Stout, Inc.||Akron, OH||Apr 15, 2015||$32,032|
|Tree Trimmers and Pruners||R.B. Stout, Inc.||Akron, OH||Jan 29, 2013||$32,032|
|Tree Trimmer/Climber||ABC Professional Tree Services, Inc.||Conroe, TX||Apr 06, 2016||$29,740|
|Tree Trimmer/Climber||ABC Professional Tree Services, Inc.||Beaumont, TX||Apr 01, 2016||$29,698|
|Tree Trimmer||The Original Mowbray's Tree Service Inc.||Visalia, CA||Feb 10, 2015||$29,600|
|Tree Trimmer/Climber||ABC Professional Tree Services, Inc.||Longview, TX||Apr 01, 2016||$29,489|
|Tree Trimmers and Pruners||La La Enterprises, LLC||Krum, TX||Nov 01, 2016||$28,571|
|Holiday Light Installation/Tree Trimmer/Pruners||Environmental Investments L.P.||Dallas, TX||Nov 01, 2015||$28,571|
|Tree Trimmer/Climber||ABC Professional Tree Services, Inc.||TX||Apr 25, 2016||$28,571|
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