Grounds Laborer

Construction Coordinator, Construction Technician, Grounds and Lot Custodian, Maintenance Worker   More Names
Scheduler, Station Custodian

Grounds laborers are responsible for the general appearance of the grounds and lots, including picking up litter, removing oil and grease spills, and removing smoking debris (tobacco). Grounds laborers may clean offices, shop areas, and restrooms; and shovel snow and mow grass, as needed.

Grounds laborers must have the ability to work effectively and efficiently under supervision, set and maintain a routine of operation, and plan and prioritize work load. Laborers must be able to understand and follow written, verbal, or demonstrated instructions; read equipment instructions and safety rules; speak clearly; and perform arithmetic calculations involving fractions and percentages. Laborers must be able to work alone or as part of a team, and have good interpersonal relationship skills. Laborers must be able to use assigned equipment, including hand tools, pressure washers, steam cleaners, and parking lot scrubbers.

Grounds laborers may work inside or outside, and in conditions that include dirt, noise, moving equipment, dangerous chemicals and solvents, electrical devices, temperature extremes, dampness, machinery vibrations, and a fast work pace. Grounds laborers may work nights, weekends, and holidays, as well as work extra hours during snow emergencies, shoveling snow and keeping steps and platforms clear. They also may have to work extra hours or report to work during days off.

Employers generally require a high school diploma or a general educational development (GED) certificate, and prefer prior paid professional experience in the custodial or janitorial field, as well a driver's license. Mechanical work experience is a plus. Any combination of experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities can substitute for the education requirement. 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:  
13% - Average
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $26,550 - $45,080    Hourly: $13 - $22

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

Physical/Medical/Health Requirements

- Ability to perform general manual labor
- Ability to exert a high level of force
- Ability to kneel and crouch, push and pull with repetitive motion, reach above and below, climb up and down, and climb in and out or vehicles
- Ability to grasp and hold tools

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Career Snapshot

Typical Education:

High School or GED (HS)
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Percent Job Growth:

13% - Average
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $26,550 - $45,080

Hourly: $13 - $22