How to Become a Greenskeeper
Greenskeeper Job Duties
Skills and Qualities Needed to Become a Greenskeeper
Greenskeeper Salaries
Influential Professionals in this field
Leading Organizations for Greenskeepers
Top Cities for Greenskeeper Jobs
Other Careers of Interest

How to become a Greenskeeper

Generally, to become a greenskeeper, there is no minimum education level needed. In fact, many greenskeepers have less than a high school education or only a high school education. On the job training is common for greenskeepers.

Greenskeepers must learn to use, and sometimes repair, equipment such as leaf blowers, edgers, lawnmowers, and trimmers. Other horticultural tasks are also carried out by greenskeepers, such as laying sod, planting grass and other types of plants, weeding, and fertilizing.

Some greenskeepers may need to become licensed in order to apply pesticides, passing tests on how to use and dispose of various types of pesticides.

It is possible for a greenskeeper to become certified by the Professional Grounds Management Society, if he or she has a bachelor's degree and a certain amount of experience. They offer certification to grounds managers and grounds technicians. This certification is voluntary, but may be looked highly upon by some employers.

What does a Greenskeeper do?

A greenskeeper keeps up the grounds at a golf course. He or she maintains the grass on the course, as well as the rest of the grounds, plants, and equipment at the course. As golfers expect golf courses to be impeccably maintained, a greenskeeper is essential to the golf course's well-being.

Although some greenskeeper jobs are seasonal, with the workers not being employed during the snowy or rainy season, others are employed year-round. They may work under a landscape architect or a superintendent, someone who supervises work on golf courses.

Greenskeepers also change the location of the putting greens' holes, both so that the green does not become worn unevenly, and so that patrons do not become bored of the putting greens. Greenskeepers have the additional responsibilities of cleaning and maintaining such equipment as ball washers, benches, tee markers, and other equipment that is unique to golf courses.

What skills or qualities do I need to become a Greenskeeper?

For a greenskeeper, it is more important to have experience and capability than formal education. Greenskeepers must have the ability and willingness to work hard physically, and be able to work with little supervision when need be. It is also important that greenskeepers can follow directions so that the plants and grounds are not damaged and grow as well as possible.

How much do Greenskeepers make?

The earnings of a greenskeeper vary depending upon his or her level of responsibility. Supervisors make a median hourly rate of $17.93 as of May 2006. The lowest paid strata of greenskeepers in May 2006 made a median hourly wage of $9.82. Those who applied pesticides made more than others, since they must be properly trained and certified to do so.

Who are some influential professionals in this field?

Nancy Somerville is both the Chief Executive Officer and the Executive Vice President of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

Cleve Turner is the president of the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB).

What are some leading organizations in this field?

The American Society of Landscape Architects, or ASLA, is the national professional association that represents landscape architects. Founded in 1899, this organization grew from 11 members to over 18,000 members, and has spread from being in the United States only to worldwide. The group exists to promote landscape architecture as a profession and to advocate for the interest of landscape architects. It also provides education around the field of landscape architecture.

The Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) is an association that oversees landscape architects in the United States. CLARB provides the national license for landscape architects, who usually need both state and national level examinations in order to become licensed.

What are the top cities for Greenskeeper jobs?

East Windsor, New Jersey is the best city for greenskeeper jobs in the United States. Dallas, Texas comes in second for greenskeeper jobs, with Atlanta, Georgia coming in at third place for cities that are best for greenskeeper jobs in the United States.

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