Grounds Worker

Groundperson, Landscape Crew Member, Landscape Custodian, Landscape Foreman, Landscaping Crew Leader   More Names
Lawn Care Professional, Lawn Care Technician, Lawn Care Worker, Lawn Maintenance Worker

Grounds workers maintain landscaped areas on public transportation properties. Tasks include mowing and maintaining lawns; planting; cleaning up leaves, litter or debris; watering plants and lawn areas; fertilizing and mulching; and possibly landscaping work. The workers may operate vehicles and powered equipment, such as mowers, tractors, twin-axle vehicles, snow blowers, chain saws, electric clippers, sod cutters, and pruning saws, or hand tools, such as shovels, rakes, pruning saws, saws, hedge or brush trimmers, or axes. They may work with chemical herbicides.

Grounds workers typically report to a foreman, crew chief, or supervisor. They are exposed to extreme weather temperatures, as well as fumes, dust, and chemicals. They should be able to perform manual labor and lift up to 90 pounds.

Employers usually prefer applicants with a high school diploma or a general educational development (GED) certificate. Employers require a driver's license and prefer a pesticide applicator license. Many industry employers provide on-the-job training, but click on the "get qualified" tab above to see additional resources for job preparation and training.

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Job Growth and Wages
Percent Job Growth:  
6% - Slower than average
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $21,800 - $32,790    Hourly: $10 - $16

Note:  There may be opportunities for overtime work and overtime pay in this occupation.

Physical/Medical/Health Requirements

Grounds maintenance work is done outdoors in all kinds of weather. The work can be repetitive and physically demanding, requiring frequent bending, lifting, and shoveling.

Injuries and Illnesses Grounds maintenance workers have a rate of injuries and illnesses that is higher than the national average. Workers who use dangerous equipment such as lawn mowers and chain saws must wear protective eyewear and earplugs. Those who apply chemicals such as pesticides or fertilizers or work at great heights also must take precautions.

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Typical Education:

Less than High School
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Percent Job Growth:

6% - Slower than average
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $21,800 - $32,790

Hourly: $10 - $16