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Responsible for cultivating the landscaping and grounds surrounding private and public facilities and residences. This can including mowing the lawn either by hand or using a riding lawnmower, trimming and edging around walkways, flower beds, and walls, or by beautifying the land by planting flowers, grass, shrubs, and bushes.

Career Details


Students in Landscaping are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Planting and maintaining ornamental plants, trees, and shrubs
  • Maintaining grounds of property using hand or power tools and equipment
  • Operating vehicles and powered equipment including mowers, tractors, and twin-axle vehicles
  • Determining the most effective pesticides to use based on soil and pest types
  • Properly diagnosing diseases in plants and treating those accordingly

Career Options

Most Landscaping graduates go to work as groundskeepers, outdoor maintenance workers, or gardeners. Landscapers can focus on the exterior or ornamental landscaping or specifically on lawn care. Landscaping is very physical work, and the hours change based on the season. Although many landscapers work full time, some work part time.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Students who complete a program in the Renewable Resources and Energy training area can earn nationally recognized credentials from organizations such as:

  • International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
  • Professional Landcare Network (PLANET)
  • North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP)

Landscaping Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career


Months to complete career training program


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

Attention to detail
Communication skills
Stress tolerance

Training Facilities