CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Laborers, Landscaping and Groundskeeping

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Laborers, Landscaping and Groundskeeping
Summary Job Description Tasks
Landscape or maintain grounds of property using hand or power tools or equipment. Workers typically perform a variety of tasks, which may include any combination of the following: sod laying, mowing, trimming, planting, watering, fertilizing, digging, raking, sprinkler installation, and installation of mortarless segmental concrete masonry wall units. Operate vehicles and powered equipment, such as mowers, tractors, twin-axle vehicles, snow blowers, chain saws, electric clippers, sod cutters, and pruning saws.
Mow and edge lawns, using power mowers and edgers.
Shovel snow from walks, driveways, and parking lots, and spread salt in those areas.
Care for established lawns by mulching, aerating, weeding, grubbing and removing thatch, and trimming and edging around flower beds, walks, and walls.
Use hand tools such as shovels, rakes, pruning saws, saws, hedge and brush trimmers, and axes.
Prune and trim trees, shrubs, and hedges, using shears, pruners, or chain saws.
Gather and remove litter.
Maintain and repair tools, equipment, and structures, such as buildings, greenhouses, fences, and benches, using hand and power tools.
Mix and spray or spread fertilizers, herbicides, or insecticides onto grass, shrubs, and trees, using hand or automatic sprayers or spreaders.
Provide proper upkeep of sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, fountains, planters, burial sites, and other grounds features.
Water lawns, trees, and plants, using portable sprinkler systems, hoses, or watering cans.
Trim and pick flowers, and clean flower beds.
Rake, mulch, and compost leaves.
Follow planned landscaping designs to determine where to lay sod, sow grass, or plant flowers and foliage.
Plant seeds, bulbs, foliage, flowering plants, grass, ground covers, trees, and shrubs, and apply mulch for protection, using gardening tools.
Decorate gardens with stones and plants.
Maintain irrigation systems, including winterizing the systems and starting them up in spring.
Care for natural turf fields, making sure the underlying soil has the required composition to allow proper drainage and to support the grasses used on the fields.
Use irrigation methods to adjust the amount of water consumption and to prevent waste.
Haul or spread topsoil, and spread straw over seeded soil to hold soil in place.
Advise customers on plant selection and care.
Care for artificial turf fields, periodically removing the turf and replacing cushioning pads, and vacuuming and disinfecting the turf after use to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.
Plan and cultivate lawns and gardens.
Attach wires from planted trees to support stakes.
Install rock gardens, ponds, decks, drainage systems, irrigation systems, retaining walls, fences, planters, or playground equipment.
Mark design boundaries and paint natural and artificial turf fields with team logos and names before events.
Build forms and mix and pour cement to form garden borders.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Laborers, Landscaping and Groundskeeping
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Laborers, Landscaping and Groundskeeping
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Laborers, Landscaping and Groundskeeping
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Laborers, Landscaping and Groundskeeping
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
IBM Lotus Notes Electronic mail software
Microsoft Windows Operating system software
Microsoft Word Word processing software
Adjustable wrenches Adjustable wrenches
Aerial lift trucks Hydraulic truck cranes
Arena rakes Rakes
Artificial turf groomers Rakes
Axes Axes
Backhoes Backhoes
Backpack pump sprayers Hand sprayers
Box blades Graders or land levelers
Brush trimmers Weeders
Bucket loaders Wheel loaders
Bunker rakes Graders or land levelers
Cargo trucks Cargo trucks
Chain saws Power saws
Concrete mixers Concrete mixers or plants
Cultivators Cultivators
Digital soil thermometers Handheld thermometer
Dirt shovels Shovels
Drag brooms Draglines
Drag leveling bars Draglines
Drag mats Draglines
Drag spikers Draglines
Drawn box scrapers Graders or land levelers
Dump trucks Dump trucks
Electric air welders Welders
Electrical cord reels Cable reels
Extension ladders Ladders
Fertilizer spreaders Fertilizer spreaders or distributors
Field layout systems Tape measures
Field painting stencils Stencils or lettering aids
Flail mowers Lawnmowers
Flexible chain-link harrows Harrows
Forklifts Forklifts
Front end loaders Front end loaders
Gas generators Gas generators
Gas welders Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
Greens mowers Lawnmowers
Ground picks Picks
Ground tarps Tarpaulins
Hammer drills Power drills
Hammers Hammers
Hand files Files
Hand spreaders Fertilizer spreaders or distributors
Handsaws Saws
Hedge shears Hedge clippers
Hedge trimmers Hedge clippers
Hex pluggers Soil core sampling apparatus
Hoes Hoes
Hydraulic booms Hydraulic truck cranes
Infield grooming rakes Rakes
Iron rakes Rakes
Knife sharpeners Grinding wheels
Ladders Ladders
Land levelers Graders or land levelers
Land planes Graders or land levelers
Landscape rakes Graders or land levelers
Leaf blowers Power blowers
Leaf-grinding machines Power chippers
Loppers Secateurs or pruning shears
Manual mowers Lawnmowers
Measuring tapes Tape measures
Measuring wheels Measuring wheels for distance
Mound slope gauges Levels
Mulching forks Garden forks
Nail drags Draglines
Overseed enhancing tools Seeder attachment
Paint sprayguns Paint sprayers
Pallet trucks Pallet trucks
Plow pan spikers Draglines
Pole saws Saws
Power drills Power drills
Power rakes Graders or land levelers
Power saws Power saws
Power sweepers Scrubbing machines
Pressurized sprayers Sprayers
Protective ear plugs Ear plugs
Pruning saws Forestry saws
Puddle pumps Water pumps
Push mowers Lawnmowers
Rakes Rakes
Reversible spike harrows Harrows
Riding mowers Lawnmowers
Roller squeegees Squeegees or washers
Safety gloves Protective gloves
Safety goggles Goggles
Salt spreaders Fertilizer spreaders or distributors
Screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Scuffle hoes Hoes
Snow blowers Snow blowers
Snow shovels Shovels
Snowplow attachments Snowplow attachments
Socket wrenches Sockets
Sod lifters Shovels
Soil probes Soil core sampling apparatus
Soil profilers Soil core sampling apparatus
Soil pulverizers Cultivators
Spades Spades
Sprinklers Water sprinklers
String trimmers Power trimmers
Tillers Cultivators
Tractor broom attachments Scrubbing machines
Tractors Agricultural tractors
Trowels Trowels
Truck-mounted chemical sprayers Sprayers
Turf rollers Rollers for lawn or sports grounds
Turf striping rollers Rollers for lawn or sports grounds
Turf sweepers Rakes
Utility vehicles All terrain vehicles tracked or wheeled
Wheeled paint sprayers Paint sprayers
Wood chippers Power chippers
X-drags Draglines
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Laborers, Landscaping and Groundskeeping
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Less than a High School Diploma
Related Work Experience None
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
On-the-Job Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Laborers, Landscaping and Groundskeeping
Alternate Job Title(s)
Athletic Field Custodian
Athletic Fieldskeeper
Athletic Turf Manager
Backhoe Operator
Bonsai Tender
Brush Cutter
Care Taker
Cemetery Keeper
Cemetery Laborer
Cemetery Sexton
Cemetery Warden
Cemetery Worker
Equipment Operator
Flower Picker
Flower Planter
Golf Course Keeper
Golf Course Laborer
Grass Cutter
Grave Cleaner
Greenhouse Worker
Greens Cutter
Greens Keeper
Greens Laborer
Greenskeeper Laborer
Ground Crewman
Ground Worker
Grounds Caretaker
Grounds Cleaner
Grounds Keeper
Grounds Maintenance Worker
Grounds Person
Grounds Supervisor
Grounds Worker
Grounds/Maintenance Specialist
Groundskeeping Maintenance
Groundskeeping Maintenance Worker
Groundskeeping Yardman
Heavy Equipment Operator
Hedge Trimmer
Horticultural Worker
Horticulture Worker
Hydroelectric Plant Maintainer
Indoor Landscaper/Gardener
Industrial-Commercial Groundskeeper
Interior Plant Caretaker
Irrigation Technician
Land Clearer
Landscape Gardener
Landscape Laborer
Landscape Management Technician
Landscape Specialist
Landscape Technician
Landscape and Yardwork Laborer
Landscaper Helper
Landscaping Specialist
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Laborer
Lawn Care Worker
Lawn Caretaker
Lawn Maintenance Worker
Lawn Mower
Lawn Mower Operator
Lawn Service Worker
Lawn Sprinkler Installer
Lawn Sprinkler Servicer
Maintenance Aide
Maintenance Groundman
Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Worker
Mall Plant Caretaker
Mower Operator
Mowing Machine Operator
Nursery Helper
Orchid Transplanter
Outside Maintenance Worker
Park Keeper
Plant Care Worker
Sexton Helper
Shrub Planter
Sod Cutter
Sod Layer
Sod Stripper
Sprinkler Installer
Tree Surgeon Helper
Turfgrass Technician
Utility Worker
Weed Burner
Weed Controller
Weed Cutter
Weed Thinner
Yard Laborer
Yard Person
Yard Worker
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Laborers, Landscaping and Groundskeeping
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