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Landscape gardener

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Summary of occupation

Landscape gardeners plan all aspects of a garden: plants and structures (walls, ponds, trellises etc.) to make a complete and effective ecosystem. They may be involved in choosing plants, preparing the ground, installing irrigation, planting shrubs, bulbs, flowers and trees. They may also be engaged in weeding, fertilising, pruning and general maintenance of gardens, structures and irrigation systems. They need to be able to combine their extensive knowledge of plants with their manual skills to create the garden the client requires.

ANZSCO description: Plans and constructs garden landscapes.
Alternative names: Gardener
Specialisations: Horticulturist, Parks Specialist
Job prospects: Average
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

A Landscape gardener needs:

  • to be able to work outdoors in all kinds of weather conditions
  • to be fit and able to carry out manual and heavy work
  • to be unaffected by allergies to chemicals and plants
  • to enjoy hard, physical work
  • to be able to work flexible hours
  • to be able to work in a team.
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Working conditions

Landscape gardeners work outside in all kinds of weather conditions and usually start work early in the morning. They normally work 3an average of 38 hours per week from Monday to Friday, but may be required to work weekends.

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Salary details

Landscape gardeners can expect to earn approximately $842.00 per week (full-time and before tax), depending on their experience and employer. Landscape gardeners who are self-employed may earn considerably more.

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Tools and technologies

Landscape gardeners need to be able to use various hand tools relevant to the trade, as well as machinery such as mowers and chain saws. They may also be required to install irrigation systems,so need to be familiar with these systems.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

You can work as a landscape gardener without any formal qualifications as you can receive training on the job. However, it is possible to undertake a Landscape Gardener apprenticeship. Entry requirements may vary; however, employers generally require at least Year 10.

As an apprentice you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally- recognised qualification. The apprenticeship usually takes three years to complete.

If you are still at school you may be able to access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school-based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work.

Talk to your school's VET Coordinator to discuss possibly starting your training now through VET in Schools.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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