How to become a Parks and Gardens Worker

Parks and Gardens Workers help with planting and maintaining lawns, shrubs and garden beds in public or private gardens, parks, and other recreational facilities. They work under limited supervision on transplanting, pruning, irrigation, and pest control.

Personal requirements for a Parks and Gardens Worker

  • Able to make accurate observations and recordings
  • Good communication skills
  • Enjoy dealing with people
  • Interested in land management and natural conservation
  • Enjoy working outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Able to endure isolation and limited social contact

Duties & Tasks of a Parks and Gardens Worker

Parks and Gardens Workers may perform the following tasks:

  • Planting, transplanting and pruning small trees and shrubs
  • Operating equipment and machinery
  • Maintaining properties and structures
  • Undertaking irrigation and drainage systems maintenance activities
  • Treating weeds, pests and disease
  • Establishing and renovating grassed areas
  • Supporting revegetation works.

Working conditions for a Parks and Gardens Worker

Parks and Gardens Workers work in many outdoor environments, working with plants and people. In public parks and gardens, workers are usually covered by job classifications and award conditions. Parks and gardens workers often require a broad range of skills in greenkeeping, landscape, nursery and tree work. Their work often centres on the development and maintenance of garden beds and plant displays and the maintenance-for public enjoyment of open spaces (including bushland areas).

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