Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
7d ago

Pay for groundspeople varies depending on grounds size, their level of responsibility and the region they work in.

  • Trainees may start on minimum wage or a little more.
  • Groundspeople with more than two years' experience can earn up to $60,000 a year.
  • Head groundspeople usually earn between $60,000 and $80,000.
  • 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 :

  • mow, irrigate, control disease, weeds and pests, and repair and roll grassed areas
  • sow grass seed or lay turf
  • operate and maintain irrigation and drainage systems, mowing equipment and machinery
  • prepare and mark out sports fields, cricket pitches, tennis courts, golf courses or racetracks
  • keep grounds tidy and do maintenance work on fences and buildings
  • cultivate and maintain flowers, shrubs and trees
  • organise rubbish removal, recycling and composting.
  • Those in managerial positions may also :

  • manage staff and budgets
  • keep records for planning and council compliance.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Groundspeople need to have :

  • an understanding of soil and plant science (agronomy) and care
  • knowledge of pest, weed and disease control methods and how to put them into practice safely
  • knowledge of climate and weather forecasting
  • skill in using and repairing machinery including specialised turf equipment
  • knowledge of landscaping techniques.
  • Groundspeople :

  • usually work regular business hours, but often work weekends during sporting events
  • may work at sports fields and pitches, parks, golf courses, schools, turf farms, racecourses, private grounds, or offices
  • work in all weather conditions.
  • Entry requirements

    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.

    Secondary education

    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.

    Personal requirements

    Groundspeople need to be :

  • practical
  • good team workers
  • patient, as mowing large areas is repetitive work
  • able to follow instructions.
  • Those in managerial roles may also need to be good at :

  • managing staff
  • planning and record-keeping.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for groundspeople includes :

  • an interest in sport
  • farming and horticulture work
  • work at parks or reserves
  • gardening or landscaping work.
  • Knowledge of the sport you are preparing turf for is useful but not essential.

    Physical requirements

    Groundspeople need to be reasonably fit, healthy and strong as the job involves quite a lot of walking.

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