Gardener/Grounds Keeper



OFO No: 611303





Other names for Gardener / Grounds Keeper:

Golf Course Superintendent
Grounds Maintainer
Turf Curator
Turf Keeper
Turf Manager


What is a Gardener / Grounds Keeper?

Gardeners / Grounds Keepers can work for:

  • Cemeteries
  • Parks
  • Golf courses
  • Other Sports Fields
  • Arboretums
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Schools
  • Zoos
  • Museums
  • Complexes / Company Gardens
  • Shopping Centres etc

Some Gardener / Grounds Keeper may work for landscaping companies or may even work for themselves.

What does a Gardener / Grounds Keeper do?

(this will depend on the season)

  • prepare the soil (dig in compost etc)
  • plant bulbs, flowers, shrubs, trees etc
  • lays and mows lawn
  • keeps soil in good condition
  • prunes roses and other plants
  • uses chemicals or natural pesticides
  • waters and ‘feeds’ plants and lawns
  • puts down mulch (eg wood chips) to resist drought
  • removes leaves, old branches and dead plants
  • treats diseases
  • paints garden furniture / garden ornaments / fences etc
  • repairs equipment (rakes, hoes, spades etc)
  • collects scraps and makes compost

Are you … ?

  • interested in working mainly outdoors?
  • interested in plants?
  • willing to work in all weather conditions?
  • interested in nature?
  • observant?
  • physically fit?
  • a hard worker?
  • responsible and reliable?

How do I become Gardener / Grounds Keeper?


  • You are self taught because your passion runs really deep
  • You have learned your skills and collected experience by working alongside a professional like a qualified landscaper

OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Horticulturist or Solar Installer

Is becoming a Gardener / Grounds Keeper the right career choice for me?