Landscaper
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
3d ago

Pay for landscapers varies depending on experience, qualifications and where in New Zealand they work in Auckland they can earn up to $4 an hour more.

  • Landscapers with no qualifications or in training can expect to earn between minimum wage and $23 an hour.
  • With four years experience or more, landscapers usually earn between $24 and $30 an hour.
  • Experienced landscapers with extra responsibilities, in managerial positions or who run their own business can earn between $30 and $40 an hour.
  • Many landscapers are self-employed and how much they earn can depend on the success of their business.

    Source : Landscaping Industries Association of New Zealand, 2017.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Landscapers may do some or all of the following :

  • discuss and develop designs with clients
  • read and interpret plans and discuss design concepts with landscape architects
  • do basic planning and design work, and planting plans
  • calculate construction costs such as labour and materials
  • select seeds, bulbs and plants and plant these
  • construct decking, fencing, walls and courtyards, and lay down paving
  • install garden lighting, irrigation and ornaments.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Landscapers need to have knowledge of :

  • different plants and their required growing conditions
  • how to interpret and follow plans and drawings
  • construction methods and materials
  • design regulations, permits and plans
  • tiling and bricklaying.
  • Business skills are useful for landscapers who run their own business.

    Landscapers :

  • usually work regular business hours, but often work weekends
  • spend most of their time in gardens and construction sites
  • work in most weather conditions and in conditions that can be muddy
  • may have to travel locally or further away for jobs.
  • Entry requirements

    There are no specific requirements to become a landscaper. However, horticultural or gardening experience is useful. A driver's licence is also preferred by most employers.

    Many employers prefer to hire someone with relevant training. Landscape design courses are available through a number of polytechnics and you can train on the job and complete an apprenticeship in landscaping through the Primary Industry Training Organisation (Primary ITO).

    Secondary education

    A minimum of three years' of secondary education is recommended. Useful subjects include English, maths, horticulture, biology and processing technologies.

    Year 11 and 12 students can work towards a New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture through the National Trade Academy while still working towards NCEA.

    This usually includes off-site learning and some on-the-job training.

    Landscapers need to be :

  • reliable and hard working
  • able to work independently or as part of a team.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for landscapers includes :

  • any building and construction work
  • any work in the horticulture industry
  • Physical requirements

    Landscapers need to have a good level of fitness and must be strong, as their work involves bending, kneeling for long periods and heavy lifting.

    Apply
    Add to favorites
    Remove from favorites
    Apply
    My Email
    By clicking on "Continue", I give neuvoo consent to process my data and to send me email alerts, as detailed in neuvoo's Privacy Policy . I may withdraw my consent or unsubscribe at any time.
    Continue
    Application form