Contractors and supervisors of landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services co-ordinate and oversee the landscape and maintenance work for lawns, gardens, sports fields, golf courses, cemeteries, parks and indoor plantings.
This group includes landscaping and grounds maintenance contractors who own and operate their own businesses. It also includes supervisors who oversee nursery and greenhouse workers or landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers.
Estimated median employment income based on 2021 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))
Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2021 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))
Source: 2021 Job Bank Wage Report
Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook
10 year expected job openings: 2,140
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Contractors and supervisors of landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services:
People in this career work for landscaping, lawn care and tree service companies, cemeteries, golf courses, nurseries, greenhouses and the landscaping operations of public works departments and private businesses. Contractors own and operate their own businesses, and contract out their services to these organizations.
Supervisors and contractors may keep similar hours to their workers–often sunrise to sunset. During peak seasons, more work is available and longer hours are put in.
Most projects take place outside, where workers are exposed to the weather. Organizing, scheduling and other administrative duties usually take place indoors.
The work involved with hands-on tasks is physical, often dirty and sometimes noisy. It can involve power equipment and toxic chemicals, such as fertilizers and pesticides. It includes bending, lifting heavy objects, kneeling for long periods, and repetitive tasks like weeding and digging.
Source: 2016 Census
Contractors and supervisors of landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services must have experience:
To apply some chemical pesticides, workers must be certified. Owners are permitted to supervise a limited number of other certified workers.
Most jobs also require:
Some jobs may require master gardener certification or other short-term certifications.
Workers coming to B.C.
Those who are certified by a regulator elsewhere in Canada can apply for the same certification from the regulator in B.C. Under the terms of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), most applicants who are transferring their credentials from elsewhere in Canada will not be required to complete additional training or testing. However, the B.C. regulator may ask applicants to provide further information, such as a letter of good standing, references or a criminal record check.
Workers who trained outside of Canada
Those who trained outside of Canada and have never received certification from a Canadian jurisdiction will likely need a full assessment to be certified in B.C. Most occupational regulators have a process for assessment and recognize internationally trained applicants. Contact SkilledTradesBC for details on how to apply for certification in B.C.
For information about labour mobility in Canada, visit www.workersmobility.ca.
View a list of B.C. occupational regulators.
For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.
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Technology plays an important role in this work, especially for scheduling and communication.
As public interest in gardening and the environment has increased, the demand for supervisors and contractors has grown.
Workers in this industry often enjoy a great deal of job satisfaction.
Contractors and supervisors of landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services usually begin their careers as landscape or horticulture technicians or in other related hands-on roles.
With additional training and certification, they can advance or specialize in a particular area. In large companies, supervisors may move into more senior positions. More often, they go on to start their own business.