Contractors and Supervisors in Landscaping, Grounds Maintenance, and Horticulture Services

(NOC 8255)

in All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

Individuals in these jobs manage businesses and supervise workers engaged in landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticultural activities. This group of jobs includes landscaping and grounds maintenance contractors who own and operate their own businesses, as well as those who supervise and coordinate the activities of nursery and greenhouse workers and landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers. They work for landscaping companies, cemeteries, lawn care and tree service companies, nurseries, and greenhouses and by landscaping operations of public works departments and private businesses.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Decline sharply employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate -35 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate High rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

  • Estimate -415 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 355 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a moderate sized occupation in Nova Scotia so some job opportunities may occur through turnover. The number employed in this occupation is expected to decline moderately over the next few years, which will likely limit the number of new opportunities available. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Contractors and Supervisors in Landscaping, Grounds Maintenance, and Horticulture Services most commonly work full-time hours. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 42% of Contractors and Supervisors in Landscaping, Grounds Maintenance, and Horticulture Services who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $41,315. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$12.55

Minimum

$17.25

Median

$23.50

Maximum

Annual Pay

$3,141

Minimum

$20,499

Median

$71,371

Maximum

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

Hourly Pay

$12.55

Minimum

$24.84

Median

$32.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$4,009

Minimum

$23,520

Median

$87,170

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Individuals in these jobs manage businesses and supervise workers engaged in landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticultural activities. This group of jobs includes landscaping and grounds maintenance contractors who own and operate their own businesses, as well as those who supervise and coordinate the activities of nursery and greenhouse workers and landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers. They work for landscaping companies, cemeteries, lawn care and tree service companies, nurseries, and greenhouses and by landscaping operations of public works departments and private businesses.

Job duties

Contractors and supervisors in this group:

  • Supervise and coordinate the activities of workers who maintain lawns, gardens, athletic fields, golf courses, cemeteries, parks, interior plantscapes, and other landscaped areas.
  • Tender bids on contracts for landscaping and grounds maintenance work.
  • Plan and estimate the materials and labour requirements for individual contracts.
  • Organize trees, gardens, lawns, shrubs and hedges planting and maintenance and the construction and installation of fences, decks, patios, walkways and retaining walls.
  • Create work schedules and procedures and coordinate activities with other work units.
  • Solve work-related problems and prepare and submit progress and other reports.
  • Request supplies and materials.
  • Maintain financial and personnel records.
  • Hire staff and train workers in job duties and company policies.
  • May manage operations of own company.
  • May provide snow removal services during winter months.
  • May perform the same duties as workers supervised.

Sample job titles

  • greenhouse supervisor
  • grounds maintenance contractor
  • horticulture workers supervisor
  • landscaping contractor
  • lawn care service contractor
  • nursery supervisor
  • park caretaker
  • park maintenance supervisor
  • tree removal contractor

Skills

You should enjoy working outdoors. Supervisory and communication skills are essential. You must be willing to try new processes and methods. The ability to adapt to constantly changing technologies is important for more efficient production. You must also be observant, innovative, and resourceful.

Job requirements

  • High school is usually required.
  • A college diploma, specialized courses or industry-related training and certification in landscaping and horticulture are usually required.
  • A provincial licence to apply chemical fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides and pesticides may be required.

Other considerations

Experience as a landscape or horticulture supervisor or as a landscape or horticulture technician is required.

By the numbers

Quick look

535

employed in 2016

81.5%

employed full-time

49.1%

self employed

13.9%
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86.1%
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51.3

median age

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

14,665

employed in 2016

78.0%

employed full-time

20.0%

self employed

15.1%
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84.9%
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44.6

median age

Where will I likely work?

45.8%

Halifax

18.7%

Annapolis Valley

15.0%

Southern

15.0%

North Shore

5.6%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

73.9%

Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services

6.8%

Arts, entertainment and recreation

5.7%

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

3.4%

Public administration

3.4%

Real estate and rental and leasing

What is the age of Employment?

27.0%

55-64

22.0%

35-44

19.0%

45-54

13.0%

25-34

13.0%

65+

6.0%

15-24

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

20.7%

45-54

19.8%

15-24

19.2%

55-64

16.2%

35-44

14.8%

25-34

Top levels of education

29.0%

High school

$20,508 median annual income
24.3%

Less than high school

$15,657 median annual income
16.8%

College certificate or diploma

$28,551 median annual income
14.0%

Bachelor's degree

$26,080 median annual income
12.1%

Trades certificate

$19,500 median annual income

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

35.7%

Less than high school

$23,463 median annual income
30.8%

High school

$19,301 median annual income
13.7%

College certificate or diploma

$29,551 median annual income
13.4%

Trades certificate

$31,535 median annual income
4.4%

Bachelor's degree

$17,956 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

PO Box 220

Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

(866) 679-6722

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Applied horticulture/horticulture operations - General

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that focuses on the general production and processing of domesticated plants, shrubs, flowers, foliage, trees, groundcovers, and related plant materials; the management of technical and business operations connected with horticultural services; and the basic scientific principles needed to understand plants and their management and care.

There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.

Landscaping and groundskeeping

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that prepares individuals to manage and maintain indoor and/or outdoor ornamental and recreational plants and groundcovers and related conceptual designs established by landscape architects, interior designers, enterprise owners or managers, and individual clients. These programs include courses in applicable principles of horticulture, gardening, plant and soil irrigation and nutrition, turf maintenance, plant maintenance, equipment operation and maintenance, personnel supervision, and purchasing.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture

PO Box 550

Truro, NS B2N 5E3

(902) 893-6600

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

236 Belcher Street

Kentville, NS B4N 0A6

(902) 678-7341

Plant nursery operations and management

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class includes any program that prepares individuals to operate and manage outdoor plant farms, tree and shrub nurseries, and related facilities that develop domesticated plant products for propagation, harvesting, and transplantation. These programs include courses in applicable principles of plant science; farm and business management; nursery operations; equipment operation and maintenance; safety procedures; and personnel supervision.

There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Nova Scotia Department of Environment
PO Box 442
Halifax, NS B3J 2P8
Tel: (902) 424-3600
Fax: (902) 424-0503
Landscape Nova Scotia
44-201 Brownlow Avenue
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1W2
Tel: (902) 463-0519
Horticulture Nova Scotia
Kentville Agricultural Centre 32 Main Street
Kentville, NS B4N 1J5
Tel: (902) 678-9335
Fax: (902) 678-1280

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.

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