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Landscaping & Grounds Maintenance Labourers  (NOC 8612) may also be called:

  • bulb planter
  • cemetery worker/labourer
  • gardening helper
  • golf course worker
  • greens worker/helper
  • grass cutter
  • grounds maintenance worker
  • landscape worker/labourer
  • maintenance worker, parks
  • sod layer
  • transplanter

What Would I Do?

Landscaping & Grounds Maintenance Labourers assist in the construction of landscapes and related structures. They maintain lawns, gardens, athletic fields, golf courses, cemeteries, parks, landscaped interiors and other landscaped areas. Your duties may include:

  • 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

More information:

WorkBC Career Profile for Landscaping & Grounds Maintenance Labourers [8612]

Am I Suited For This Job?

Landscaping & Grounds Maintenance Labourers should have:

  • physical strength
  • interest in plants
  • good design sense
  • good spatial perception

They should be:

  • physically fit
  • able to work outdoors in all types of weather
  • detail oriented

Landscaping & grounds maintenance labourers work outdoors in various weather conditions. The work is physically demanding and can be hard on the back. They may use dangerous chemicals, such as pesticides and fertilizers.

Sources: WorkBC Career Profile for Landscaping & grounds maintenance labourers [8612], Career Cruising database (Profiles for ‘Gardener’ & ‘Landscaper’).

What Are The Wages And Benefits?

In British Columbia, the average annual salary for Landscaping & grounds maintenance labourers ranges from $33,000 – $44,000. According to WorkBC, hourly wages can range from $12- $27. In BC’s regions, landscaping & grounds maintenance labourers can expect to make:

hourly wages for landscaping & grounds maintenance labourers

Table from Job Bank Wage Report

Gardeners who work for themselves have the potential to earn the most money but are more financially vulnerable when work is scarce. Gardeners who work for landscape contractors and other large companies have better job security but typically receive lower salaries. In most climates, gardening is seasonal; many gardeners are laid off during the winter months

Sources: WorkBC Career Profile for Landscaping & grounds maintenance labourers [8612], Career Cruising database (Profiles for ‘Gardener’ & ‘Landscaper’).

What Is The Job Outlook In BC?

WorkBC reports that for the period 2014-2024, the expected annual demand growth rate will be 1.4%. In BC’s regions, the average annual employment growth will range from a low of 0.3% (Cariboo) to a high of 2.5% (Vancouver Island/Coast).

job outlook for landscaping & grounds maintenance labourers

JobBank Canada reports that for the 2014-2016 period, the employment outlook is expected to be limited for Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance Labourers in British Columbia. Job Bank Canada indicates that employment potential should be strongest in Vancouver Island/Coast region and Northeast region of the province.

Sources: WorkBC Career Profile for Landscaping & grounds maintenance labourers [8612], Job Bank Canada, Employment Outlook

How Do I Become a Landscaping & Grounds Maintenance Labourer?

In BC, there is no certification required to work as a Landscaping & Grounds Maintenance Labourer. Some secondary education is required and high school graduation may be preferred by some employers.

Employers may require that you hold a Landscape [Pesticide] Applicator Certificate. For information on Pesticide Certification in BC, see these sources:

How Do I Find A Job?

Where would I work?

  • landscaping and lawn care companies
  • golf courses
  • cemeteries
  • landscaping operations of public works departments and private establishments.

Finding Advertised Jobs

Jobs are advertised in a variety of sources including newspapers, magazines and online job sites.

Local Newspapers

You can look at the Vancouver Sun & The Province at Vancouver Public Library for free. Check the job postings daily, the careers section in the Vancouver Sun on Wednesdays and Saturdays and, in The Province on Sundays.

Online Job Postings

BC Municipalities:

Many BC cities and towns have a Parks Department that looks after civic parks, gardens and grounds. There may be seasonal “on call” work and sometimes permanent jobs to maintain these grounds. Go to your local city/town’s website and look for ‘Careers’ or ‘Job Postings’.

Complete list of BC cities and towns.  Examples are:

Finding “Hidden Jobs”

Many job vacancies are not advertised. The resources below help you with finding jobs in this “hidden” job market.

Using Directories to Create a List of Potential Employers

You can use directories to produce lists of companies that provide gardening or landscaping services. Contact them directly to find out if they’re hiring.

  • Reference Canada
    Click on “Start Search” beside Canadian Businesses, then select the “Advanced Search” button.
    Select both “Keyword/SIC/NAICS” under Business Type and “City” under Geography.
    In the top search box enter “gardeners”** and click LOOKUP.
    Select the appropriate headings.
    Lower down, select the Province, choose the cities, and click the “View Results” button.
    **You can also try searching on “landscape” or “grounds”.
    NOTE: You can access this database from a Library computer. If you are using a computer from outside the Library, you will need a Vancouver Public Library card to login to this database. After clicking on the database name, you will be asked to enter your library card number and PIN (usually last four digits of your telephone number).

Networking, Volunteering and Temporary Agencies

Many positions are filled by people who have been recommended by someone they know. Networking, working as a volunteer or registering with a temporary employment agency are good ways of helping you find jobs and meet people in your industry.

Networking and the Hidden Job Market:

When looking for work, be sure to talk to friends, relatives and neighbours. They may know someone who is hiring! Working as a volunteer, attending events, and joining clubs and associations are good ways to gain “Canadian experience.” They are also good ways to meet people to learn about the local job market.

Volunteer opportunities

For additional tips see:

 

Applying for a Job

In Canada, employers usually expect to receive a resume and a cover letter that identifies the position you are applying for and summarizes your relevant experience. Use the library catalogue to find books on writing resumes and cover letters specific to your industry.

For more information see:

Where Can This Job Lead?

With the right kind of experience, landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers may move into other positions such as crew supervisor and with additional training may move into the job of landscape contractor.

Where Can I Find More Information?