Exterior Landscaping

Exterior Landscaping

Potential earnings range:
Per year after graduation

Are you interested in the renewable resources and energy field and enjoy being outside? Thrive in physical work environments?  

Then you may be a good fit for Job Corps’ Exterior Landscaping training program. 

On the job, you will ...

  • Maintain plants and trees and lay sod 

  • Rake and mulch leaves 

  • Care for ornamental features, such as fountains, planters and benches 

  • Clear snow and debris from walkways and parking lots 

  • Tend to groundskeeping equipment 

  • Work in a variety of environments including athletic fields, cemeteries and other lands that need maintenance 

Some of the career options you will have ...

Most Exterior 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. 

Exterior Landscaping is very physical work, and the hours change based on the season. Although many landscapers work full time, some work part time. 

The credentials you will earn ...

This is the final level of basic training offered in the Landscaping series. In the Exterior Landscaping program, you can earn industry-recognized credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages and promotions. 

  • CPR/First Aid certification 

Students should also earn a state-issued learner’s permit and driver’s license upon completion of the program. 

What you’ll need to start training ...

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent (can be earned at all Job Corps centers) 

  • Completion of all introductory and career preparation courses 

  • Passing scores on all written and performance tests 

  • Meet academic (math and reading) requirements 

  • Compliance with state requirements that may involve a criminal background check, and completion of a training program meeting federal content requirements 

* Salary information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics Program and is provided for planning purposes only. Actual salary will depend on student skill level, credentials earned, experience level and location.