Landscape Gardeners plan, maintain and develop gardens, parks and landscapes. They may also assist in cultivating plants, trees and other vegetation. They must have knowledge of a wide variety of plant life, soil, and ecological factors.
- Starting salary: $42,000 P/A Senior salary: $65,000 P/A Average salary: $53,750 P/A Wages will vary according to your level of skill, experience and employer Employment level: 69,200 as of November 2012 (Projected employment levels in 2017 of 73,600)
Average weekly hours: Average weekly hours worked for a full time Gardener is 39.9 hours.
Employment by region:
The top three regions for employment as a Landscape Gardener include:
- NSW: 29.5%
- VIC: 28.4%
- QLD: 17.6%
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Employment for Landscape Gardeners has risen by a rate of 16.6% over the past 5 years and is expected to grow moderately through 2017.
Total employment growth over the past 5 years for male and female, employed part-time and full-time is 7,500
Gender (including full time and part time)
The percentage of males and females working full time and part time are:
- Male Full Time: 70.1%
- Male Part Time: 22.3%
- Female Full Time: 4.5%
- Female Part Time: 3.0%
Other relevant information
- Construct or assemble garden or park additions including pathways, walls, fences, pools, furniture, barbeques, etc.
- Create layout of planned area, select desired plants, trees and flowers according to clients preferences and arrange construction process
- Maintain parks and gardens by watering area manually or through irrigation systems, spreading fertiliser, trimming plants, cutting back trees, building protective barriers and removing unwanted plants or objects
- Monitor plant and tree growth and set up plants in appropriate conditions to facilitate healthy growth
- Plant trees, shrubs, flowers and seed or lay grass according to area design
- Prep gardens or planting areas by laying top soil, nutrients or fertiliser and clearing land of rocks, weeds and other objects
- Provide nutrient supplements and insect control sprays to plant life
- Critical Thinking Skills
- Organisational Skills
- Problem Solving Abilities
- Strong Attention to Detail
- Visual and Spatial Creativity
Landscape Gardeners typically work a Monday to Friday work week but may be required to work weekends to work on specific projects or meet deadlines. They may spend some of their time in a small office setting performing administrative tasks, but spend the majority of time maintaining or overseeing construction of landscape areas.
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Related jobs and job titles
- General Gardener
- Horticultural Assistant
- Horticultural Tradesperson
- Landscape Architect