Landscaper jobs: tips for success in the landscaping industry.

Landscaper jobs: tips for success in the landscaping industry.
August 20, 2018 Construction People

The gardening and landscaping industry is a varied and rewarding career path, spanning both construction and horticulture skills and knowledge.

Driven in recent years by green infrastructure trends and an increased focus on conservation and concern for the environment the industry covers anything from backyard makeovers and road developments to major recreation projects and innovative landscaping solutions for residential and commercial developments.

With a number of different soft skills, qualifications and tickets that will help you get ahead in the gardening and landscaping industry it can be difficult to understand what you need for your specific career goals. So, whether you’re trying to break into the industry or advance your landscaping career, we’ve listed some useful information for you to know below!

 

What education and tickets will help me get ahead?

Whether you’re looking to enter the workforce or advance your career, formal qualifications and tickets will help to get you noticed by potential employers. The below tickets and qualifications are among some of the things landscaping businesses are looking for in the hiring process.

 

Landscaping Labourer

If you’re just starting out in the industry and don’t know which path to take, a landscaping labourer role is a good place to start.

To land a landscaping labouring role at a minimum, you will need –

• A Manual Drivers licence;
• Your own transport;
• A White Card.

 

Hardscapes and Softscapes

Hardscapes deals with all non-living elements in landscaping design. Landscapers in this field of work construct pathways, structures and features.

Formal qualifications and tickets that will help you to secure opportunities in this field of work are:

• MR Truck Licence;
•Traffic Control level 2 ticket – (for road maintenance jobs).
• Certificate III in Landscape Construction.

Covering all horticultural elements – softscape landscapers work with flowers, plants, shrubs, trees, flower beds, grass, pest and weed management. Softscape work is where you can bring a garden or environment to life!

Formal qualifications and tickets that will help you to secure opportunities in this field of work are:

• Certificate III in Horticulture;
• ACDC Licence – chemical spraying licence (QLD ticket);
• Chainsaw level 2 ticket;

 

Parks and Gardens Work

Parks and gardens workers often require a broad range of skills in greenkeeping, landscape, nursery and tree work. Work in this field usually centres on the development and maintenance of garden beds and plant displays and the maintenance of open spaces.

Formal qualifications and tickets that will help you to secure opportunities in this field of work are:

• Certificate III in Parks and Gardens;
• Certificate III in Horticulture;
• Certificate III in Rural Operations.
• ACDC Licence – chemical spraying licence (QLD ticket);
• Traffic Control level 2 ticket – (for road maintenance jobs).

 

Conservation Work

Securing a job in conservation is becoming increasingly competitive. If you’re serious about forging a successful career in the conservation industry, we would highly recommend you undertake some formal qualifications.

Formal qualifications and tickets that will help you to secure opportunities in this field of work are:

• Certificate III in Horticulture;
• Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management;
• ACDC Licence – chemical spraying licence (QLD ticket);

 

Training providers in Queensland

There are a number of training institutions in Queensland that offer courses to obtain these qualifications. We have linked a few of these providers for you below.

Brisbane

bch.edu.au/courses
horticulturaltraining.com.au/courses

Sunshine Coast

ctrain.edu.au/pit-courses
solutions4learning.com.au

 

What soft skills and traits are landscaping businesses looking for?

While formal qualifications will help you get your foot in the door, having the right mix of experience, qualifications and soft skills such as passion, creativity and ability to problem solve are still important.

Passion for the job

Passion for the job is a highly sought-after trait in all areas of the gardening and landscaping industry.

However, with growing importance being placed on conserving our natural resources and sustaining our planet – passion is paramount if you’re looking to get into conservation work. On top of this, the ability to understand the job holistically will help to ensure that all your tasks are in line with the end result.

Creativity and the ability to problem solve

With an increase in trends such as green infrastructure that draws the eye comes an increasing need for landscapers who have a creative flair for design. Landscapers who can plan, design and execute innovative green spaces that meet the clients’ needs are an asset to the industry.

A good level of fitness

If you want to get into work such as parks and gardens and hardscapes, physical fitness is high on the list of attributes employers are looking for. Why? Because you will often find yourself transporting heavy materials or walking with a whipper snipper for 15+km in a day.

To find out about our latest landscaping opportunities, contact our office on 07 3103 7777 or view our current roles here

Receive our updates straight to your inbox

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.