Pay for groundspeople varies depending on grounds size, their level of responsibility and the region they work in.
Groundspeople in managerial positions at large golf courses or stadiums, and contract managers who manage council contracts, may earn over $100,000.
Source : Primary ITO, 2017.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Groundspeople may do some or all of the following :
Those in managerial positions may also :
Skills and knowledge
Groundspeople need to have :
There are no specific entry qualifications to become a groundsperson. However, completing an apprenticeship and gaining a National Diploma in Sports Turf Management may be useful.
Having a Growsafe certificate allowing you to apply pesticides and herbicides, and / or having an Agrichemical Approved Handler Certificate is also useful.
A minimum of three years of secondary education is recommended. Useful subjects include maths, science, English, and agriculture and horticulture.
For Year 11 to 13 students, the Gateway programme is a good way to gain industry experience.
This programme may help you gain an apprenticeship, but does not reduce the amount of time it takes to complete it.
Groundspeople need to be :
Those in managerial roles may also need to be good at :
Useful experience for groundspeople includes :
Knowledge of the sport you are preparing turf for is useful but not essential.
Groundspeople need to be reasonably fit, healthy and strong as the job involves quite a lot of walking.