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

(NOC 8255)

in All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

Individuals in these jobs manage establishments 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 workers Nursery and Greenhouse Workers and Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance Labourers. They are employed by landscaping companies, cemeteries, lawn care and tree service companies, nurseries and greenhouses and by landscaping operations of public works departments and private establishments.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Weak growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 10 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

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

  • Estimate Decline slightly employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 910 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate High rate of unemployment in 2016

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 not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow slightly over the next few years, which should provide some additional opportunities for employment. 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.

The median employment income for 45% 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

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

$3,141

Minimum

$20,499

Median

$71,371

Maximum

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

Hourly Pay

$10.85

Minimum

$16.00

Median

$31.88

Maximum

Annual Pay

$4,009

Minimum

$23,520

Median

$87,170

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Individuals in these jobs manage establishments 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 workers Nursery and Greenhouse Workers and Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance Labourers. They are employed by landscaping companies, cemeteries, lawn care and tree service companies, nurseries and greenhouses and by landscaping operations of public works departments and private establishments.

Job duties

Contractors and supervisors in this group perform some or all of the following duties:

  • 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 the planting and maintenance of trees, gardens, lawns, shrubs and hedges and the construction and installation of fences, decks, patios, walkways and retaining walls.
  • Establish work schedules and procedures and coordinate activities with other work units.
  • Resolve work-related problems and prepare and submit progress and other reports.
  • Requisition 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

For these jobs, 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

  • Completion of 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

440

employed in 2016

87.0%

employed full-time

48.9%

self employed

14.0%
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86%
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51.3

median age

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

14,665

employed in 2016

84.0%

employed full-time

22.0%

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%

Northern

5.6%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

75.9%

Management, Admin & Other Support

6.9%

Information, Culture & Recreation

3.4%

Public Administration

3.4%

Finance, Insurance, Real Estate & Leasing

3.4%

Agriculture

What is the age of Employment?

29.2%

45-54

29.2%

55-64

20.8%

35-44

16.7%

25-34

8.3%

15-24

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

42.3%

45-54

26.1%

55-64

18.9%

35-44

8.1%

25-34

3.6%

65+

Top levels of education

26.6%

High school

$23,194 median annual income
25.5%

Less than high school

$26,404 median annual income
20.2%

College certificate or diploma

$40,989 median annual income
13.8%

Bachelor's degree

N/A
11.7%

Trades certificate

N/A

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

34.0%

Less than high school

$14,445 median annual income
31.5%

High school

$14,229 median annual income
14.3%

College certificate or diploma

$21,289 median annual income
14.0%

Trades certificate

$19,107 median annual income
4.3%

Bachelor's degree

$15,980 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.

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 - Annapolis Valley Campus

50 Elliott Road

Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0

(902) 825-3491

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

PO Box 550, 1 Main Street

Springhill, NS B0M 1X0

(902) 597-3737

Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus

21 Woodlawn Road

Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7

(902) 491-4900

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

372 Pleasant Street

Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2

(902) 742-3501

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

236 Belcher Street

Kentville, NS B4N 0A6

(902) 678-7341

Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus

75 High Street

Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8

(902) 543-4608

Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus

5685 Leeds Street

Halifax, NS B3K 2T3

(902) 491-6722

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue

Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0

(902) 752-2002

Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus

PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road

Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0

(902) 875-8640

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

226 Reeves Street

Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2

(902) 625-2380

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

36 Arthur Street

Truro, NS B2N 1X5

(902) 893-5385

Applied horticulture/horticulture operations - General

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

This instructional program class comprises 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 comprises 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 comprises 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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