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Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance Labourers

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NOC:8612
Occupation:Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance Labourers
Category:Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

About the job

Nature of work:

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.

Job 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 assist with the construction of a landscape and related structures.
  • Cut grass, 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, chain saws, electric clippers, sod cutters, pruning saws, snowblowers and other landscape maintenance equipment.
  • Spray and dust trees, shrubs, lawns and gardens, as directed, to control insects and disease.
  • Perform other manual duties to clean and maintain landscaped environments.
Sample job titles:
  • golf course labourer
  • grounds maintenance worker
  • groundskeeper
  • landscape worker
  • lawn care worker
  • lawn mower
  • park maintenance labourer
  • snow shoveller - grounds maintenance
  • tree pruner - landscaping
Skills:

To work in these jobs, you should have good health, physical stamina, and strength. Agility, coordination, and mechanical aptitude would be helpful. You must also be able to take direction and carry out instructions given by a supervisor.

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

Most workers in these jobs work for part of the year and typically earn less than half the yearly income of employees who work for the whole year. Wages will vary according to the specific type of work performed, and annual incomes of many workers in these jobs are relatively low. They are often exposed to harsh weather conditions. The physical demands of this work may make it difficult for people to stay in these jobs for a long time. Progression to technical or supervisory jobs in landscaping and horticulture is possible with additional training or experience.

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 a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. 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. Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance Labourers most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically temporary positions (such as a term, contract, or casual work). With employment conditions being seasonal in nature, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year are fairly common.

The median employment income for 16% of Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance Labourers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $34,305. 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
Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance Labourers2,370Weak growth110Moderate
Minimum: $11.00
Median: $15.00
Maximum: $24.00
Minimum: $2,309
Median: $12,638
Maximum: $42,131
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
Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance LabourersCompared to: Occupations in Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining
Percent employed full-time72%84%
Percent self-employed0%22%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentLandscaping and Grounds Maintenance LabourersCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern16%$12,68712%$30,581
Northern18%$10,92816%$33,660
Cape Breton15%$14,37613%$32,974
Halifax35%$13,63947%$41,209
Annapolis Valley17%$15,73813%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeLandscaping and Grounds Maintenance LabourersCompared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining
% Employed% Employed
15-2429%x
25-3412%8%
35-448%19%
45-5418%42%
55-6423%26%
65+9%4%
Median Age3345
GenderLandscaping and Grounds Maintenance LabourersCompared to: Occupations in Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining
% Employed% Employed
Female13%15%
Male87%85%
EducationLandscaping and Grounds Maintenance LabourersCompared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school25.4%$8,93834.0%$14,445
High school40.1%$6,91931.5%$14,229
Trades certificate11.4%x14.0%$19,107
College certificate or diploma13.4%x14.3%$21,289
University certificate or diploma1.7%x1.1%$17,641
Bachelor's degree7.1%x4.3%$15,980
University advanced certificate or diploma0.3%x0.3%$17,206
Master's degreeN/Ax0.4%x
Doctorate0.5%x0.1%$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:
Landscape Nova Scotia
44-201 Brownlow Avenue
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1W2
Tel: (902) 463-0519
info@landscapenovascotia.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
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