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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|
|Tree Trimmers and Pruners||Nature's Trees||Wyckoff, NJ||Mar 13, 2009||$65,000|
|Tree Trimmers & Pruners||Rolling Green, Inc.||Mira Loma, CA||May 13, 2008||$61,880|
|Tree Trimmer||The Original Mowbray's Tree Service, Inc.||San Bernardino, CA||Jun 23, 2008||$61,880|
|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 Trimmers and Prunners||The F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company||Stamford, CT||Oct 08, 2009||$45,914|
|Tree Trimmer||Trees Are for Us, Inc.||WI||Feb 01, 2012||$43,723|
|Tree Trimmers and Pruners||Bernard Glinski, Inc.||Pleasantville, NY||Feb 19, 2009||$43,702|
|Tree Trimmer and Pruner||Bernard Glinski Inc.||Pleasantville, NY||Jan 29, 2010||$43,702|
|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||Rescue Tree Service Inc.||Hotchkiss, CO||Mar 28, 2016||$42,848|
|Tree Trimmers & Pruners||Savatree||Norwalk, CT||Feb 19, 2010||$41,406|
|Tree Trimmers & Pruners||Rolling Green, Inc.||Mira Loma, CA||Mar 07, 2011||$40,976|
|Tree Trimmer and Pruner||R.B. Stout, Inc.||Akron, OH||Jan 27, 2016||$35,214|
|Tree Trimmers||Atlas Environmental Services, Inc.||Spring Valley, CA||Nov 12, 2010||$34,686|
|Tree Trimmers||Atlas Environmental Services, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Nov 12, 2010||$34,686|
|Tree Trimmers and Pruners||Crown Point Clippers, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Apr 30, 2008||$34,686|
|Tree Trimmer||Boylan Tree Service||Leonardo, NJ||Feb 02, 2010||$34,665|
|Tree Trimmer/Pruner||First Choice Tree Care Inc.||Mequon, WI||Jan 01, 1970||$34,644|
|Tree Trimmers and Pruners||Walter & Sons Tree Service, Inc.||Lincolndale, NY||Nov 10, 2010||$34,436|
|Tree Trimmer/Pruner||Treeco, Inc.||CA||Dec 08, 2011||$30,470|
|Tree Trimmer/Climber||ABC Professional Tree Services, Inc.||TN||May 20, 2014||$30,408|
|Tree Trimmers and Pruners||JL Tree Service, Inc.||Fairfax, VA||Mar 31, 2014||$30,306|
|Tree Trimmer/Pruner||Trees Are for Us, Inc.||WI||Feb 01, 2013||$30,262|
|Tree Trimmers & Pruners||Power Saws of America, Inc.||Monroe, NJ||Apr 27, 2012||$30,118|
|Tree Trimmers and Pruners||Vince's Logs & Limbs||Rockwall, TX||Jan 01, 1970||$30,115|
|Climbers Tree Trimmers & Pruners||West Tree Service||Little Rock, AR||Jan 01, 1970||$29,969|
|Tree Trimmer||The Original Mowbray's Tree Service Inc.||Visalia, CA||Feb 10, 2015||$29,600|
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