Greenkeepers work with real grass, artificial turf, and other synthetic substances. They usually work in sporting facilities and arenas.

Duties and tasks

  • Installing and maintaining synthetic surfaces
  • Operating machinery such as lawnmowers, cultivators, and line marking equipment
  • Planting seeds for grass
  • Preparing sites for the implementation of turf
  • Repairing damage to turf, grass, and other surfaces
  • Rolling and levelling turf; mowing grass

Skills required

  • Ability to measure and cut necessary dimensions
  • Fit and strong
  • Planning and organisation
  • Teamwork and interpersonal skills
  • Time management and organisation

Working conditions

Greenkeepers usually are employed by sports facilities, which means oftentimes work is done outside. Some sports facilities, however, especially those who use artificial turf or other synthetic substances, may require indoor stadium work.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Institute of Horticulture 

Nursery and Garden Industry Association Australia 

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