What Does A Landscaping and Groundskeeping Worker Do (including Their Typical Day at Work)

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Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers

Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers landscape or maintain grounds of property using hand or power tools or equipment. Workers typically perform a variety of tasks, which may include any combination of the following: sod laying, mowing, trimming, planting, watering, fertilizing, digging, raking, sprinkler installation, and installation of mortarless segmental concrete masonry wall units.

Salary
$33800
Becoming One
Very Easy
Education
No degree required
Job Satisfaction
Job Growth

Personality
Interest Match





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What they do

Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers landscape or maintain grounds of property using hand or power tools or equipment. Workers typically perform a variety of tasks, which may include any combination of the following: sod laying, mowing, trimming, planting, watering, fertilizing, digging, raking, sprinkler installation, and installation of mortarless segmental concrete masonry wall units.

  • Gather and remove litter.
  • Use hand tools, such as shovels, rakes, pruning saws, saws, hedges or brush trimmers, or axes.
  • Operate vehicles or powered equipment, such as mowers, tractors, twin-axle vehicles, snow blowers, chain-saws, electric clippers, sod cutters, or pruning saws.
  • Water lawns, trees, or plants, using portable sprinkler systems, hoses, or watering cans.

Typical day

On a daily basis, Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers gather and remove litter. They provide proper upkeep of sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, fountains, planters, burial sites, or other grounds features.

A typical day for a Landscaping and Groundskeeping Worker will also include:

  • Operate vehicles or powered equipment, such as mowers, tractors, twin-axle vehicles, snow blowers, chain-saws, electric clippers, sod cutters, or pruning saws.
  • Use hand tools, such as shovels, rakes, pruning saws, saws, hedges or brush trimmers, or axes.
  • Care for established lawns by mulching, aerating, weeding, grubbing, removing thatch, or trimming or edging around flower beds, walks, or walls.
  • Mow or edge lawns, using power mowers or edgers.
  • Use irrigation methods to adjust the amount of water consumption and to prevent waste.

Other responsibilities

Besides their typical day, Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers also advise customers on plant selection or care. They may also water lawns, trees, or plants, using portable sprinkler systems, hoses, or watering cans.

On a weekly to monthly basis, Landscaping, and Groundskeeping Workers mix and spray or spread fertilizers, herbicides, or insecticides onto grass, shrubs, or trees, using hand or automatic sprayers or spreaders. They might also Mow or edge lawns, using power mowers or edgers.

In addition, they rake, mulch, and compost leaves.

Although specific duties may vary, many of them maintain or repair tools, equipment, or structures, such as buildings, greenhouses, fences, or benches, using hand or power tools.

To some Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers, it is also their responsibility to attach wires from planted trees to support stakes.

Freedom to make decisions

How much decision making freedom does this job offer?

No freedom
21%

Very little freedom
45%

Limited freedom
9%

Some freedom
10%

A lot of freedom
15%

Structured vs unstructured work

To what extent is this job structured for you versus allowing you to determine your own tasks, priorities, and goals?

No freedom
7%

Very little freedom
28%

Limited freedom
15%

Some freedom
41%

A lot of freedom
9%


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What is the job like

Job satisfaction

High

Is this job meaningful

High

71% said they were satisfied with their job and 62% said they found their job meaningful.


Kelly Bolen
Pine Valley Landscaping, Parker, CO

We have owned a commercial landscaping and lawn maintenance company for 22 years in Colorado.

Our typical day starts at 6:30 am! This is when we arrive at our facility to “load up” equipment for the crews and give direction on what needs to be done at the various job sites. Lawn maintenance work versus landscaping is very different.

The lawn maintenance crew is responsible for mowing, trimming, and blowing both commercial and residential properties on a weekly basis. Bi-weekly they weed planting beds, edge and do spot checks on irrigation to make sure everything is running properly. If repairs are needed, they are documented and scheduled. It seems like an easy process, however, when you are already working full days doing the “regular” work then have to do repairs afterwards, it becomes a long day.

The landscaping crew does mulch replenishment, replaces trees, plants flowers, etc. We have been in business for 22 years so we have the option of “picking and choosing” the jobs we want to take on. We no longer do “new builds”. Meaning, landscaping for new homes. There is a lot of competition for those jobs (and Colorado is growing by leaps and bounds!) and we no longer have the man power to provide services for those outside our existing client list. But we do extremely well with all the existing customers needs. When working for commercial properties we have to keep their buildings looking good so companies want to rent available office space and we happen to live and work in one of the wealthiest counties in the country, so estate care always comes with a lot of “extra” work. Over the 22 years, we have been in business we have figured out our perfect “niche” and who we want to work for.

Our biggest challenge currently is finding competent employees. When our kids were in high school and college we had a steady source of employees from their circle of friends! However, things have certainly changed. Even offering an extremely competitive wage with no experience, high school and college kids don’t want to “work hard”. As it is a seasonal job, with the exception of a couple year round employees, it has been our biggest challenge over the past couple of years.

But we still prevail as Shane and I have no problem working in the field side by side with the crews to make sure services are performed at the highest of standards. Our quality of work speaks for itself as we are a referral based company. We have not had to advertise for Pine Valley Landscaping for over 15 years.

We have found that as long as our quality of service exceeds expectations and we treat the customer with the respect they deserve, then work will always be available. I know it helps for our clients to see Shane or I on site regularly too. But we absolutely love what we do and although we don’t have the largest lawn maintenance and landscaping company in Colorado, we do have the best customer care and work ethic of any company! And that speaks volumes!

Kelly Bolen
Pine Valley Landscaping, Parker, CO


Pros

Suitable for people who like practical and hands-on work.

Suitable for people who value relationships between co-workers and customers and want to work in a friendly non-competitive environment.

This career is perfect for people who love to work outdoors.

It is very easy to get into this career. Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for this career.

Normal working hours (40 hours per week).

Cons

Not suitable for people who like to help and teach others.

One of the lowest paying jobs.

How much do they make

Average salary

$33800 per year

Average hourly wage

$16 per hour

Entry-level Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $22,800 to $27,060 per year or $11 to $13 per hour.

Salary by experience Annual Hourly
Highest (Top 10%) $48,310 $23
Senior (Top 25%) $38,930 $19
Median $31,730 $15
Junior (Bottom 25%) $27,060 $13
No experience (Bottom 10%) $22,800 $11

This table shows the top 10 highest paying industries for Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers based on their average annual salary.

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Federal Executive Branch $51980 $24.99
Truck Transportation $43330 $20.83
Scientific Research and Development Services $43030 $20.69
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $42470 $20.42
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution $41910 $20.15
Civic and Social Organizations $40820 $19.62
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction $40560 $19.50
Other Information Services $40200 $19.33
Chemical Manufacturing $39880 $19.17
Specialty Hospitals $39380 $18.93

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Where can they work

Where can Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers work? Here is a table showing the top 10 largest employers of Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers including the average salary in that industry.

Employers Total Employed Annual Salary Hourly Wages
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 555470 $33900 $16.30
Local Government 74950 $35820 $17.22
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 64380 $29560 $14.21
Real Estate 25390 $33210 $15.97
Employment Services 15460 $31220 $15.01
Elementary and Secondary Schools 13450 $38410 $18.47
Death Care Services 13030 $33490 $16.10
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 12860 $36450 $17.53
Traveler Accommodation 8340 $31800 $15.29
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 7620 $35260 $16.95

What is the work day like

Working hours

Less than 40 hours
4%

40 hours
77%

More than 40 hours
18%

Working schedule

46%

53%

0%

Work with group or team

How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?

Not important at all
8%

Fairly important
2%

Important
19%

Very important
25%

Extremely important
45%

Deal with external customers

How important is it to work with customers in this job?

Not important at all
32%

Fairly important
32%

Important
20%

Very important
8%

Extremely important
8%

Manage or lead others

How important is it to coordinate or lead others in completing work activities in this job?

Not important at all
31%

Fairly important
20%

Important
3%

Very important
21%

Extremely important
24%

Email

How often do you use email in this job?

Once a week
12%

Every day
1%

Telephone

How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?

Once a week
34%

Every day
9%

Group discussions

How often do you have group discussions in this job?

Once a week
6%

Every day
66%

Public speaking

How often does this job require you to do public speaking?

Never
80%

Once a year
15%

Once a month
1%

Once a week
4%

Every day
0%

Frequency of conflict situations

How often are there conflict situations in this job?

Never
19%

Once a year
17%

Once a month
8%

Once a week
37%

Every day
19%

Dealing with angry people

How often do you have to deal with angry, unpleasant, or discourteous individuals in this job?

Never
19%

Once a year
15%

Once a month
6%

Once a week
37%

Every day
23%

Dealing with physically aggressive people

How often do you have to deal with physically aggressive people in this job?

Never
68%

Once a year
15%

Once a month
1%

Once a week
4%

Every day
12%

Level of competition

How much competitive pressure is in this job?

Not competitive at all
35%

Slightly competitive
5%

Moderately competitive
28%

Highly competitive
12%

Extremely competitive
19%

Repetition in this job

How important is repeating the same type of task over and over in this job?

Not important at all
33%

Fairly important
40%

Important
2%

Very Important
13%

Extremely Important
11%

Impact of decisions on co-workers or company results

What results do your decisions usually have on other people or the reputation or financial resources of your employer?

No impact
22%

Minor impact
12%

Moderate impact
16%

Important impact
28%

Very important impact
22%

Frequency of decision making

How frequently do you have to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the reputation of the company?

Never
41%

Once a year
15%

Once a month
10%

Once a week
1%

Every day
34%

Responsibility for others’ health and safety

How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?

No responsibility
20%

Limited responsibility
13%

Moderate responsibility
5%

High responsibility
43%

Very high responsibility
20%

Responsibility for outcomes and results

How much responsibility is there for the work outcomes and results of other workers?

No responsibility
29%

Limited responsibility
2%

Moderate responsibility
9%

High responsibility
44%

Very high responsibility
16%

What is the work environment like

Office-style environment

Indoors in an environmentally controlled condition

Never
72%

Once a year or more
9%

Once a month or more
10%

Once a week or more
6%

Every day
3%

Warehouse-style environment

Indoors in a non-controlled environmental condition such as a warehouse

Never
60%

Once a year or more
10%

Once a month or more
12%

Once a week or more
4%

Every day
14%

Outdoors

Outdoors exposed to all weather conditions

Never
0%

Once a year or more
0%

Once a month or more
0%

Once a week or more
1%

Every day
99%

Outdoors – Under Cover

Outdoors but under cover (e.g. structure with roof but no walls)

Never
68%

Once a year or more
13%

Once a month or more
9%

Once a week or more
7%

Every day
3%

How to become one

Difficulty to become one

Very Easy
You need little to no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience. Careers in this difficulty category don’t require a degree. However, you may need a few days to a few months of on-the-job training. Similar careers include Waiters, Logging Machine Operators, and Cashiers.

Required level of education

What level of education do you need to perform the job?

Less than a High School Diploma
39%

High School Diploma or equivalent
8%

Post-Secondary Certificate
31%

Some College Courses
0%

Associate’s Degree or similar
3%

Bachelor’s Degree
18%

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
0%

Master’s Degree
0%

Post-Master’s Certificate
0%

First Professional Degree
0%

Doctoral Degree
0%

Post-Doctoral Training
0%

Relevant work experience

How much related work experience do you need to get hired for the job?

None
17%

1 month
0%

1 to 3 months
22%

3 to 6 months
0%

6 months to 1 year
13%

1 to 2 years
40%

2 to 4 years
1%

4 to 6 years
3%

6 to 8 years
0%

8 to 10 years
0%

Over 10 years
3%

On The Job Training

How much on the job training do you need to perform the job?

None or short demonstration
35%

1 month
18%

1 to 3 months
11%

3 to 6 months
4%

6 months to 1 year
13%

1 to 2 years
16%

2 to 4 years
0%

4 to 10 years
1%

Over 10 years
2%

Should you become one

Best personality type for this career

The Builder

People with this personality type likes practical and hands-on work. They prefer working with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

The Builder
100%

People with The Builder personality type likes practical and hands-on work. They prefer working with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery.


The Thinker
43%

People with The Thinker personality likes to work with ideas that require an extensive amount of thinking. They prefer work that requires them to solve problems mentally.


The Artist
43%

People with The Artist personality likes to work with designs and patterns. They prefer activities that require self-expression and prefer work that can be done without following a clear set of rules.


The Helper
19%

People with The Helper personality type likes to work with people and in teams. They prefer work that allows them to build relationships with others.


The Leader
38%

People with The Leader personality likes to start and work on projects. They also like leading people and making many decisions.


The Organizer
62%

People with The Organizer personality type likes to follow set procedures and routines. They prefer working with data and details more than with ideas.


You can read more about these career personality types here.

People who are suitable for this job tend to like work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They like working with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

They also like following set procedures and routines. They like working with data and details more than with ideas.

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Work Values

Which values are the most important to a person’s satisfaction for this job?

Achievement
38%

You are someone who is results oriented. You prefer work that allows you to utilize your skills and abilities while at the same time giving you a sense of accomplishment.

Working Conditions
43%

You are someone who values job security, steady employment, and good working conditions. You also prefer work that keeps you busy all the time with something different to do every day.

Recognition
29%

You are someone who values job advancement and leadership roles. You prefer work that receives recognition for the work you do and jobs that are looked up to by others in the company and your community.

Relationships
48%

You are someone who likes to provide a service to others. You prefer a work environment where you can work with your co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.

Support
43%

You are someone who values a company that stands behind their employees. You prefer a work environment where everyone is treated fairly and is being supported by the company.

Independence
38%

You are someone who likes to work on your own and make your own decisions. You prefer work that requires little supervision and are allowed to try out your own ideas.

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