Groundskeepers generally work independently, for management companies, or directly for other employers, and are responsible for maintaining the cleanliness, functionality, and aesthetic appeal of particular areas of land. As such, they usually work outside and must be able to withstand hot and cold weather. Common duties include mowing lawns, pulling weeds, trimming hedges, planting flowers and shrubbery, fertilizing, watering, raking leaves, and generally keeping the lawn, plants, and hedges in good shape.
Groundskeepers must be able to use equipment such as lawnmowers, blowers, and trimmers, and be familiar with a variety of gardening tools to be used for different purposes. They must also be reliable and physically fit, as their job can be quite labor-intensive. Some groundskeepers work with others and should be willing to work in a team environment and comfortable working with diverse team members. They must also pass background checks, and some employers require that candidates have a driver's license and a clean driving record in order to transport leaves in trucks and deposit them in designated locations.
Groundskeepers generally work part-time or full-time with minimal supervision. Those who work for local governments (cities or counties) may need to remove snow from walks, steps, trash areas, etc. and should be able to use snow plows and/or snow blowers, as well as melt ice using chemicals if necessary. Some employers require a high school diploma or GED for this position.
Cleans sidewalks and disposes of debris and trash properly.
Assist other staff with larger maintenance repairs or projects.
Monitor the upkeep and maintenance of the landscaping and grounds daily.
Handle basic preventative and corrective maintenance tasks.
Keep the grounds in a clean and attractive manner.