Grounds Maintenance Worker

Grounds Maintenance Worker

non – apprenticeship

AT A GLANCE

Landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers perform work to assist in the construction of landscapes and related structures, and to maintain lawns, gardens, athletic fields, golf courses, cemeteries, parks, landscaped interiors and other landscaped areas. They are employed by landscaping and lawn care companies, golf courses, cemeteries, and landscaping operations of public works departments and private establishments.

As of December 2016, there are approximately 2,400 people working in this occupation.

Source: National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2011, 8612 Landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers

CAREER VIDEO(S)

Source: WorkBCs Career Trek

RELATED CAREERS

Note: Additional training and/or certification may be required.
LANDSCAPE HORTICULTURALIST

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment of a grounds maintenance worker or landscaper is mainly outdoors.

Since this career is a seasonal one, work duties may vary during the warmer months compared to the colder months. In your work environment, you may:

  • Work long hours (11 - 13 hours)
  • Work 6 days a week in warmer months
  • Need to be physically fit
  • Handle dangerous chemicals (i.e. pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and fertilizers)
  • Indoors: shopping malls, hotels, and botanical gardens
  • Be self-employed

Source: Careercruising.com – Landscapers

ESSENTIAL SKILLS PROFILES

The Government of Canada Job Bank has identified Nine Literacy and Essential Skills (Reading, Writing, Document Use, Numeracy, Computer Use, Thinking, Oral Communication, Working with Others, and Continuous Learning).

Below you will find links to the Essential Skills Profiles for this occupation and/or related ones:

WAGES

According to jobbank.gc.ca, and their Labour Market Information for Manitoba, they list low, medium, and high wages for Grounds Maintenance Workers as the following:
LOW WAGE MEDIUM WAGE HIGH WAGE
$11.00 / hour (average in MB)
$14.00 / hour (average in MB)
$22.00 / hour (average in MB)
$11.00 / hour (Winnipeg)
$13.50 / hour (Winnipeg)
$21.00 / hour (Winnipeg)

TRAINING

If you are still in high school, here are some suggested subject areas to study that could help prepare you for further training in this field. Please check if these courses are available at your school and/or whether they will meet your graduation requirements. Some examples may include the following:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science: Biology & Physics
  • Technology, Drafting & Design
  • Business & Management, Entrepreneurship

Source: Careercruising.com

To become a Grounds Maintenance Worker in Manitoba, does not always require you to complete a formal vocational or post-secondary program. However, if you want pursue a career in horticulture, studying in a formal program will give you foundational knowledge of that career.

Below is an example of post-secondary programs to consider:

SCHOOL/PROGRAM Certificate/Diploma
Red River College (RRC)

Greenspace Horticulture Certificate
8 Month Certificate

  • Laptop Delivery (Bring your own laptop)
Red River College (RRC)

Greenspace Horticulture
28 Month Diploma

  • Year 1: 8 months (Certificate Program)
  • Year 2: 6 months
  • Year 3: 2 months
  • Co-op: 2 - 6 month terms
Credit transfer opportunities:

  • University of Manitoba - Prairie Horticulture Certificate Program
  • Canadian Nursery Landscape Trades Association (CNLA) (currently under review)
  • Olds College (currently under review)

ASSOCIATIONS

Click the links below for associations related to this career!