Groundskeepers maintain property that belongs to businesses, schools and individuals. They work in both the public and private sector. They often work at large outdoor venues such as parks or entertainment facilities. They can also work at apartment complexes, universities and private and public parks.
Their job responsibilities vary and depend on their training and on what type of organization employs them. Some groundskeepers work only on the lawns and ornamental landscaping that typically surround large complexes. These groundskeepers often have special training in botany or pest management.
Some groundskeepers also perform general maintenance of a property. This can include cleaning, replacing faulty items such as gutters and downspouts and disposing of trash. Experienced groundskeepers are often in charge of the overall maintenance of a property, and they typically must supervise a crew of workers.
Groundskeeping entails physical labor: It often includes mowing, trimming and performing other landscaping tasks. Groundskeepers generally work outside, and they can work in all types of weather. Their job might include planting trees and grasses, plowing snow and designing or maintaining ornamental landscaping. Many groundskeepers are trained on the job. They learn from experienced groundskeepers by doing the hands-on work. Some of them go to school for horticulture or botany, and many of them have special certifications such as for pesticide use. Certifications vary and depend on state requirements. Groundskeepers are sometimes also skilled in carpentry and plumbing, which are related fields.
- Handle basic preventative and corrective maintenance tasks.
- Keep the grounds in a clean and attractive manner.
- Monitor the upkeep and maintenance of the landscaping and grounds daily.
- Cleans sidewalks and disposes of debris and trash properly.
- Assist other staff with larger maintenance repairs or projects.