Landscape Technician

Landscape Technician

Landscape technicians manage, redesign and maintain properties. This would include growing and transplanting of a variety of plants and construction of hardscapes. They follow plans and specifications, inspecting and directing the planting of landscape material associated with improvement, beautification and erosion control.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Grow, maintain and transplant flowers, shrubs and trees
  • Maintain and install sprinkler systems
  • Construct walkways, walls and small foot bridges
  • Follow plans and specifications
  • Create and adhere to various watering and feeding schedules
  • Plan new growth planting patterns in distinct seasonal changes
  • Identify and eliminate detrimental insects or diseases 
  • Adhere to a predetermined budget
  • Operate a variety of mechanical equipment
  • Apply chemicals if certified 
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, mathematics, geometry and a focus on science, particularly biology, botany, earth science and geography.
Education/Training Required: 
An associate or bachelor’s degree in landscape horticulture, turf grass, plant science, soil science, agronomy, biology or related field is required.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
Landscape technicians are typically employed by greenhouses, nurseries, government agencies, residential communities, athletic venues or universities.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
  • Soil Science Society of America
  • American Nursery and Landscape Association
  • Committee for Sustainable Agriculture
  • Weed Science Society of America
  • Professional Lawn Care Association
  • Professional Landscape Designers
  • National Association of Landscape Professionals
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$32,766
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