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Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers - 37-3011.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Gardener
  • Greenskeeper
  • Grounds Maintenance Worker
  • Grounds Person
  • Grounds Specialist
  • Grounds Worker
  • Groundskeeper
  • Landscape Specialist
  • Landscape Technician
  • Outside Maintenance Worker

SOC Occupation Groups

37-0000 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations
37-3000 Grounds Maintenance Workers
37-3010 Grounds Maintenance Workers
37-3011.00 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers

Related Occupations


  • Advise customers on plant selection or care.
  • Attach wires from planted trees to support stakes.
  • Build forms and mix and pour cement to form garden borders.
  • Care for artificial turf fields, periodically removing the turf and replacing cushioning pads or vacuuming and disinfecting the turf after use to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.
  • Care for established lawns by mulching, aerating, weeding, grubbing, removing thatch, or trimming or edging around flower beds, walks, or walls.
  • Care for natural turf fields, making sure the underlying soil has the required composition to allow proper drainage and to support the grasses.
  • Decorate gardens with stones or plants.
  • Follow planned landscaping designs to determine where to lay sod, sow grass, or plant flowers or foliage.
  • Gather and remove litter.
  • Haul or spread topsoil, or spread straw over seeded soil to hold soil in place.
  • Install rock gardens, ponds, decks, drainage systems, irrigation systems, retaining walls, fences, planters, or playground equipment.
  • Maintain irrigation systems, including winterizing the systems and starting them up in spring.
  • Maintain or repair tools, equipment, or structures, such as buildings, greenhouses, fences, or benches, using hand or power tools.
  • Mark design boundaries, and paint natural or artificial turf fields with team logos or names before events.
  • Mix and spray or spread fertilizers, herbicides, or insecticides onto grass, shrubs, or trees, using hand or automatic sprayers or spreaders.
  • Mow or edge lawns, using power mowers or edgers.
  • Operate vehicles or powered equipment, such as mowers, tractors, twin-axle vehicles, snow blowers, chainsaws, electric clippers, sod cutters, or pruning saws.
  • Plan or cultivate lawns or gardens.
  • Plant seeds, bulbs, foliage, flowering plants, grass, ground covers, trees, or shrubs, and apply mulch for protection, using gardening tools.
  • Provide proper upkeep of sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, fountains, planters, burial sites, or other grounds features.
  • Prune or trim trees, shrubs, or hedges, using shears, pruners, or chain saws.
  • Rake, mulch, and compost leaves.
  • Shovel snow from walks, driveways, or parking lots, and spread salt in those areas.
  • Trim or pick flowers and clean flower beds.
  • Use hand tools, such as shovels, rakes, pruning saws, saws, hedge or brush trimmers, or axes.
  • Use irrigation methods to adjust the amount of water consumption and to prevent waste.
  • Water lawns, trees, or plants, using portable sprinkler systems, hoses, or watering cans.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Build construction forms or molds.
  • Clean facilities or sites.
  • Cultivate lawns, turf, or gardens.
  • Decorate indoor or outdoor spaces.
  • Dispose of trash or waste materials.
  • Drive trucks or other vehicles to or at work sites.
  • Evaluate reports or designs to determine work needs.
  • Install equipment to protect or support trees.
  • Install fencing or other barriers.
  • Install masonry materials.
  • Irrigate lawns, trees, or plants.
  • Maintain equipment or systems to ensure proper functioning.
  • Operate grounds maintenance equipment.
  • Plant greenery to improve landscape appearance.
  • Prepare chemicals for work application.
  • Provide information about landscaping services or costs.
  • Remove debris from work sites.
  • Remove snow.
  • Treat greenery or surfaces with protective substances.
  • Trim trees or other vegetation.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Barracks and Grounds Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Greenskeeper Ii
  • Landscape Gardener
  • Landscape Management Technician
  • Landscape Technician

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Flower Picker
  • Greenskeeper II
  • Groundskeeper, Industrial-Commercial
  • Horticultural Worker I
  • Hydroelectric-Plant Maintainer
  • Laborer, Landscape
  • Landscape Gardener
  • Landscape Management Technician
  • Landscape Specialist
  • Landscape Technician
  • Lawn-Service Worker
  • Plant-Care Worker
  • Transplanter, Orchid
  • Tree-Surgeon Helper II
  • Yard Worker