Greenkeepers establish and maintain fine turf, grassed areas and synthetic surfaces used for sporting events.

A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed. Most workers have not completed any post school qualifications (that is, they have finished either Year 10, 11 or 12 only). Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification.

Tasks

  • preparing seedbeds for new turf
  • establishing and maintaining turf by watering, over sowing or over seeding, and repairing green damage
  • mowing, rolling and levelling turf
  • pegging and marking out lines and logos, installing nets, posts and stumps, and placing other sports equipment on playing areas
  • operating and maintaining hand and power driven equipment such as mowers, aerators, cultivators, corers and line marking equipment
  • constructing cricket wickets, tennis courts, and bowling, croquet and golf greens
  • replanting, repairing, aerating, fertilising and top dressing lawns
  • installing and maintaining synthetic surfaces
  • may maintain buildings, fences and surrounding gardens

Job Titles

  • Greenkeeper, or Turf Keeper

    Fast Facts

    • $900 Weekly Pay
    • 20,800 workers Employment Size
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • Higher unemployment Unemployment
    • 79.7% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 36 hours Average full-time
    • 46 years Average age
    • 1.6% female Gender Share

    The number of Greenkeepers grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
    from 20,800 in 2018 to 22,800 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 14,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 2,800 a year).

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was above average in 2017.
    • Location: Greenkeepers work in most regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Arts and Recreation Services; Education and Training; and Administrative and Support Services.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $900 per week (lower than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (79.7%, higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 36.0 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 46 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (53.6%).
    • Gender: 1.6% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200814300
    200918600
    201014100
    201113900
    201214300
    201315700
    201415400
    201512100
    201613000
    201717500
    201820800
    202322800

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsGreenkeepersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings9001230

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Arts and Recreation Services49.5
    Education and Training18.1
    Administrative and Support Services6.7
    Construction6.7
    Other Industries19.0

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateGreenkeepersAll Jobs Average
    NSW30.831.6
    VIC20.126.2
    QLD22.919.7
    SA9.26.7
    WA10.010.8
    TAS2.72.0
    NT3.51.1
    ACT0.91.8

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketGreenkeepersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-192.3-5.25.2
    20-2414.4-9.99.9
    25-3412.2-23.623.6
    35-4417.6-21.721.7
    45-5431.1-20.820.8
    55-596.6-8.88.8
    60-648.7-6.06.0
    65 and Over7.2-4.04.0

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationGreenkeepersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0-8.68.6
    Bachelor degree0-17.917.9
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma0-10.110.1
    Certificate III/IV36.2-18.918.9
    Year 1232.3-18.718.7
    Years 11 & 1023.8-17.717.7
    Below Year 107.7-8.18.1

    A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed. Most workers have not completed any post school qualifications (that is, they have finished either Year 10, 11 or 12 only). Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification.

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    Employers look for Greenkeepers who show sound judgement and make good decisions, are physically fit and have a mature attitude.

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. English Language

      68% Important

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    2. Customer and Personal Service

      65% Important

      Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    3. Chemistry

      60% Important

      Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change. Danger signs and disposal methods.

    4. Mechanical

      59% Important

      Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    5. Public Safety and Security

      55% Important

      Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

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    The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 37-3011.00 - Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers.

    Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

    Activities

    These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

    1. Handling and Moving Objects

      78% Important

      Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

    2. Controlling Machines and Processes

      76% Important

      Operate machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

    3. Building Good Relationships

      73% Important

      Building and keeping constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.

    4. Performing General Physical Activities

      72% Important

      Doing things that use of your arms and legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

    5. Getting Information

      72% Important

      Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

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    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 37-3011.00 - Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers.

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