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Contractors and Supervisors in Landscaping, Grounds Maintenance, and Horticulture Services

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NOC:8255
Occupation:Contractors and Supervisors in Landscaping, Grounds Maintenance, and Horticulture Services
Category:Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

About the job

Nature of work:

Individuals in these jobs manage establishments and supervise workers engaged in landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticultural activities.

This group of jobs includes landscaping and grounds maintenance contractors, who own and operate their own businesses as well as those who supervise and coordinate the activities of workers Nursery and Greenhouse Workers and Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance Labourers. They are employed by landscaping companies, cemeteries, lawn care and tree service companies, nurseries and greenhouses and by landscaping operations of public works departments and private establishments.

Job duties:
Contractors and supervisors in this group perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Supervise and coordinate the activities of workers who maintain lawns, gardens, athletic fields, golf courses, cemeteries, parks, interior plantscapes and other landscaped areas.
  • Tender bids on contracts for landscaping and grounds maintenance work.
  • Plan and estimate the materials and labour requirements for individual contracts.
  • Organize the planting and maintenance of trees, gardens, lawns, shrubs and hedges and the construction and installation of fences, decks, patios, walkways and retaining walls.
  • Establish work schedules and procedures and coordinate activities with other work units.
  • Resolve work-related problems and prepare and submit progress and other reports.
  • Requisition supplies and materials.
  • Maintain financial and personnel records.
  • Hire staff and train workers in job duties and company policies.
  • May manage operations of own company.
  • May provide snow removal services during winter months.
  • May perform the same duties as workers supervised.
Sample job titles:
  • greenhouse supervisor
  • grounds maintenance contractor
  • horticulture workers supervisor
  • landscaping contractor
  • lawn care service contractor
  • nursery supervisor
  • park caretaker
  • park maintenance supervisor
  • tree removal contractor
Skills:

For these jobs, you should enjoy working outdoors. Supervisory and communication skills are essential. You must be willing to try new processes and methods. The ability to adapt to constantly changing technologies is important for more efficient production. You must also be observant, innovative, and resourceful.

Job requirements:
  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • A college diploma, specialized courses or industry-related training and certification in landscaping and horticulture are usually required.
  • A provincial licence to apply chemical fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides and pesticides may be required.
Other considerations:

Experience as a landscape or horticulture supervisor or as a landscape or horticulture technician is required.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Fair

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow slightly over the next few years, which should provide some additional opportunities for employment. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Contractors and Supervisors in Landscaping, Grounds Maintenance, and Horticulture Services most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 45% of Contractors and Supervisors in Landscaping, Grounds Maintenance, and Horticulture Services who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $41,315. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Contractors and Supervisors in Landscaping, Grounds Maintenance, and Horticulture Services440Weak growth10Moderate
Minimum:  N/A
Median:  N/A
Maximum:  N/A
Minimum: $3,141
Median: $20,499
Maximum: $71,371
Occupations in Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining14,665Decline slightly910High
Minimum: $10.85
Median: $16.00
Maximum: $31.88
Minimum: $4,009
Median: $23,520
Maximum: $87,170
Contractors and Supervisors in Landscaping, Grounds Maintenance, and Horticulture ServicesCompared to: Occupations in Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining
Percent employed full-time87%84%
Percent self-employed0%22%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentContractors and Supervisors in Landscaping, Grounds Maintenance, and Horticulture ServicesCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern15%x12%$30,581
Northern15%$22,00816%$33,660
Cape Breton6%x13%$32,974
Halifax46%$39,38247%$41,209
Annapolis Valley19%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeContractors and Supervisors in Landscaping, Grounds Maintenance, and Horticulture ServicesCompared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining
% Employed% Employed
15-248%x
25-3417%8%
35-4421%19%
45-5429%42%
55-6429%26%
65+N/A4%
Median Age5145
GenderContractors and Supervisors in Landscaping, Grounds Maintenance, and Horticulture ServicesCompared to: Occupations in Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining
% Employed% Employed
Female14%15%
Male86%85%
EducationContractors and Supervisors in Landscaping, Grounds Maintenance, and Horticulture ServicesCompared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school25.5%$26,40434.0%$14,445
High school26.6%$23,19431.5%$14,229
Trades certificate11.7%x14.0%$19,107
College certificate or diploma20.2%$40,98914.3%$21,289
University certificate or diploma2.1%x1.1%$17,641
Bachelor's degree13.8%x4.3%$15,980
University advanced certificate or diplomaN/Ax0.3%$17,206
Master's degreeN/Ax0.4%x
DoctorateN/Ax0.1%$10,708
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryN/AxN/AN/A
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

Sources

Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Nova Scotia Department of Environment
PO Box 442
Halifax, NS B3J 2P8
Tel: (902) 424-3600
Fax: (902) 424-0503
Landscape Nova Scotia
44-201 Brownlow Avenue
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1W2
Tel: (902) 463-0519
info@landscapenovascotia.ca
Horticulture Nova Scotia
Kentville Agricultural Centre 32 Main Street
Kentville, NS B4N 1J5
Tel: (902) 678-9335
Fax: (902) 678-1280
info@horticulturens.ca

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Adult high school/secondary diploma programs
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the high school level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.
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Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Blanche.Theriault@usainteanne.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
avc.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus
PO Box 550, 1 Main Street
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
(902) 597-3737
cumberland.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus
21 Woodlawn Road
Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7
(902) 491-4900
akerley.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus
372 Pleasant Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2
(902) 742-3501
burridge.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS B4N 0A6
(902) 678-7341
kingstec.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus
75 High Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8
(902) 543-4608
lunenburg.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus
5685 Leeds Street
Halifax, NS B3K 2T3
(902) 491-6722
it.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries
PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
(902) 752-2002
pictou.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus
PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road
Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0
(902) 875-8640
shelburne.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute
226 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2
(902) 625-2380
strait.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
marconi.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus
36 Arthur Street
Truro, NS B2N 1X5
(902) 893-5385
truro.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Applied horticulture/horticulture operations - General
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the general production and processing of domesticated plants, shrubs, flowers, foliage, trees, groundcovers, and related plant materials; the management of technical and business operations connected with horticultural services; and the basic scientific principles needed to understand plants and their management and care.
There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.
Program Name:Landscaping and groundskeeping
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to manage and maintain indoor and/or outdoor ornamental and recreational plants and groundcovers and related conceptual designs established by landscape architects, interior designers, enterprise owners or managers, and individual clients. These programs include courses in applicable principles of horticulture, gardening, plant and soil irrigation and nutrition, turf maintenance, plant maintenance, equipment operation and maintenance, personnel supervision, and purchasing.
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Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture
PO Box 550
Truro, NS B2N 5E3
(902) 893-6600
enrolment.services@dal.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS B4N 0A6
(902) 678-7341
kingstec.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Plant nursery operations and management
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to operate and manage outdoor plant farms, tree and shrub nurseries, and related facilities that develop domesticated plant products for propagation, harvesting, and transplantation. These programs include courses in applicable principles of plant science; farm and business management; nursery operations; equipment operation and maintenance; safety procedures; and personnel supervision.
There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.
Additional resources:

There are no additional resources for this occupation.