How to Become a Groundskeeper

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To become a groundskeeper, a worker must have a good knowledge of gardening, lawn care, and basic pest control. Groundskeepers often care for large areas of lawn and garden spaces, especially those owned by private residences and companies. They may also work for professional sports organizations. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimates that the demand for grounds and maintenance workers will increase by 20 percent by the year 2020, which makes this one of the fastest-growing jobs in the country.[1]


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Flickr: Joel Dinda
Education High school diploma or higher[1]
Starting pay $8.19 per hour[2]
Median pay $11.41 per hour[2]
10 yr growth Faster than average: 20%[1]
Related professions Landscaper
Author Selena Robinson
 

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Groundskeeper Job Overview

Groundskeepers are responsible for maintaining the overall appearance of grounds on residential and business properties. For some groundskeepers, this may involve cutting the grass, trimming the shrubbery, performing basic gardening tasks such as pruning flowers, and watering the lawn regularly. Groundskeepers may also be asked to engage in janitorial work, including removing trash and debris from the property. They may be employed by corporate office parks, residential communities, and individual homeowners.[3]

Professional Baseball Groundskeeper Jobs

Groundskeepers are often employed by professional baseball organizations. Their chief responsibility is maintaining the health and appearance of the lawn on the baseball field. To do this, groundskeepers must monitor weather forecasts in order to protect the grass from excess rain, snow, or ice. Along with maintaining the grass, professional sports groundskeepers may also be asked to care for the clay or dirt on the baseball diamond by protecting it from extreme moisture or dry conditions.[4]

Groundskeeper Education

For most groundskeepers, getting a high school diploma may be enough of an education. However, students who think they may be interested in working as groundskeepers in the future can prepare themselves by taking courses in related fields such as landscape design or horticulture. Learning how to care for lawns and gardens, as well as how to perform basic pest control, can help an aspiring groundskeeper find work more easily. Students should also familiarize themselves with how to operate industrial-sized lawn care equipment, including lawnmowers and trimmers.[5]

Groundskeeper Training

Many groundskeepers receive on-the-job training after finding work. Since they are responsible for maintaining the grounds to the customer's satisfaction, groundskeepers must learn exactly how to carry out the customer's wishes regarding the grounds and gardens. Upon getting hired, new groundskeepers often receive instruction from experienced maintenance workers for a few weeks.[6] If any pest control work is involved, groundskeepers may be required to obtain a state license that approves them to use pesticides.[7]

Professional Baseball Groundskeeper Interview

Interview with the professional groundskeeper for the Vancouver Canadians baseball team

Also See: How to Become a Pest Control Worker, How to Become a Landscaper, How to Become a Janitor

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 http://www.bls.gov/ooh/building-and-grounds-cleaning/grounds-maintenance-workers.htm
  2. 2.0 2.1 http://www.bls.gov/ooh/building-and-grounds-cleaning/grounds-maintenance-workers.htm#tab-5
  3. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/building-and-grounds-cleaning/grounds-maintenance-workers.htm#tab-2
  4. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/19/sports/baseball/major-league-groundskeepers-dont-mind-getting-dirty.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
  5. http://education-portal.com/articles/Groundskeeper_Employment_Info_and_Requirements_for_a_Career_in_Groundskeeping.html
  6. https://careerzone.ny.gov/views/careerzone/search/occupationProfile.jsf?o=37301100#.UsxJsvRDuSp
  7. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/building-and-grounds-cleaning/grounds-maintenance-workers.htm#tab-4