Landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers (NOC 8612)

About this job

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Landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers:

  • assist in the construction of landscapes and related structures
  • maintain lawns, gardens, athletic fields, golf courses, cemeteries, parks, landscaped interiors and other landscaped areas.
  • work for landscaping and lawn care companies, golf courses, cemeteries, and landscaping operations of public works departments and private establishments.
Common job titles
  • groundskeeper, stadium
  • landscaping
  • lawn care
  • sod laying
  • groundskeeper, stadium
  • landscaping
  • lawn care
  • sod laying

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$33,370

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

Landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • spread top soil; lay sod; plant flowers, grass, shrubs and trees; and perform other duties to help with the construction of a landscape and related structures
  • cut, rake, fertilize and water lawns; weed gardens; prune shrubs and trees; and perform other maintenance duties as directed by supervisor
  • maintain lawns and grass along roadsides
  • operate and maintain power mowers, tractors, snowblowers, chain saws, electric clippers, sod cutters, pruning saws and other landscape maintenance equipment
  • spray and dust trees, shrubs, lawns and gardens, as directed, to control insects and disease
  • do other manual duties to clean and maintain landscaped environments

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupational group:

  • Work takes place outdoors in various weather conditions.
  • Workers may be exposed to chemicals such as pesticides.
  • Working with machinery and power tools can be a source of injury.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • Some secondary school education may be required.
  • A provincial licence to apply chemical fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides and pesticides may be required.

Skills

  • Manual Dexterity
  • Object-Oriented
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Spatial Perception
  • General Learning Ability
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Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
330
Average annual employment growth:
0.3%
Expected number of job openings:
60
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
700
Average annual employment growth:
1.8%
Expected number of job openings:
250
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
8,660
Average annual employment growth:
0.8%
Expected number of job openings:
2,380
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
230
Average annual employment growth:
0.3%
Expected number of job openings:
40
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
110
Average annual employment growth:
1.3%
Expected number of job openings:
30
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
3,000
Average annual employment growth:
0.8%
Expected number of job openings:
710
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
3,200
Average annual employment growth:
0.8%
Expected number of job openings:
660

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Progression to technical or supervisory occupations in landscaping and horticulture is possible with additional training or experience.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.