Landscaper Kaihoahoa Whakapaipai Whenua

Landscapers design, develop, maintain and remodel gardens and landscapes.

Landscapers may do some or all of the following:

  • discuss and develop designs with clients
  • read and interpret plans and discuss design concepts with landscape architects
  • do basic planning and design work, and planting plans
  • calculate construction costs such as labour and materials
  • select seeds, bulbs and plants and plant these
  • construct decking, fencing, walls and courtyards, and lay down paving
  • install garden lighting, irrigation and ornaments.

Physical Requirements

Landscapers need to have a good level of fitness and must be strong, as their work involves bending, kneeling for long periods and heavy lifting.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for landscapers includes:

  • any building and construction work
  • any work in the horticulture industry
  • labouring work.

Personal Qualities

Landscapers need to be:

  • reliable and hard working
  • able to work independently or as part of a team.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for landscapers includes:

  • any building and construction work
  • any work in the horticulture industry
  • labouring work.

Subject Recommendations

A minimum of three years' of secondary education is recommended. Useful subjects include English, maths, horticulture, biology and processing technologies. Year 11 and 12 students can work towards a New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture through the National Trade Academy while still working towards NCEA. This usually includes off-site learning and some on-the-job training.

Landscapers can earn around $17-$23 per hour per year.

Landscapers may progress to a team leader or managerial role, or set up their own landscaping company. 

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