Grounds Manager / Golf Course Technician

Work outdoors. Cultivate beautiful landscapes. Take pride in caring for outdoor spaces by working as a golf course technician, a groundskeeper or grounds manager.

What Does Working as a Golf Course Technician or Grounds Manager Look Like?

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Directly supervise and coordinate activities of workers engaged in landscaping or groundskeeping activities. Work may involve reviewing contracts to ascertain service, machine, and workforce requirements; answering inquiries from potential customers regarding methods, material, and price ranges; and preparing estimates according to labor, material, and machine costs.

A career in grounds management usually entails:

  • Supervision and coordination of landscaping and groundskeeping.
  • Advise upon, choose and supervise sustainable horticultural practices to create and maintain ornamental trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants.
  • Inspection of installation of plants and hardscapes  to ensure conformance to specifications and standards.

To work in this field, you need to possess deep knowledge of horticultural science. You will be expected to know how to propose, plan and execute horticultural projects.

Golf Course Technician or Grounds Manager Salary

Those working as a grounds manager can expect to earn a state median salary of $48,370 with upper range salaries of approximately $68,000 (as of 2016).

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Job opportunities in the industry are growing at a rate of 5-8%, with North Carolina leading the way with a job opportunity growth rate of 11.7%.

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What Education is Required to Work as a Golf Course Technician or Grounds Manager?

Some positions require an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree or a post-secondary certificate; other positions do not.

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Golf Course Technician or Grounds Manager Job Opportunities

There are many different types of related landscaping jobs to choose from. The following are just a few of the common job titles graduates of horticultural science programs qualify for:

  • Grounds Maintenance Supervisor
  • Landscape Maintenance Worker
  • Landscape Horticulturist
  • Groundskeeper
  • Grounds Manager
  • Golf Course Technician

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Spend your days outside cultivating beautiful grounds. Jumpstart your career by applying to a horticultural science certificate or program today.

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