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MAINTENANCE WORKER: Cutting Lawns Is Seasonal Work

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Kenneth shares his story about being a maintenance worker who mows the lawns of city parks. He talks about the how lawns should be mowed and he shares how he got his job. Kenneth also shares the difference between driving a professional lawn mower and a household one. Kenneth describes his job as good easy work that's relaxing, yet he's been trained how to use all sort of heavy equipment used in the park maintenance.

Job Title: Maintenance worker

Job Summary: Grounds Maintenance Workers, All Other

Job Description

Grounds maintenance workers provide a pleasant outdoor environment by ensuring that the grounds of houses, businesses, and parks are attractive, orderly, and healthy.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Certification Requirement
Most states require workers who apply pesticides to be licensed.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$20,000 - $30,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Part-time, Seasonal
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Remote, Outdoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Strength/stamina, Likes working with hands

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
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m='15980'>to</span> <span m='16040'>be</span> <span m='16160'>the</span> <span m='16260'>same</span> <span m='16570'>way.</span> <span m='17270'>You</span> <span m='17330'>just</span> <span m='17480'>have</span> <span m='17580'>to</span> <span m='17660'>break</span> <span m='18010'>up</span> <span m='18100'>the</span> <span m='18230'>ruts.</span> <span m='19220'>I</span> <span m='19560'>just</span> <span m='19710'>applied</span> <span m='20120'>from</span> <span m='20260'>the</span> <span m='20623'>newspaper,</span> <span m='22330'>when</span> <span m='22490'>they</span> <span m='22580'>were</span> <span m='22730'>hiring</span> <span m='23580'>for</span> <span m='24000'>seasonal</span> <span m='24340'>work,</span> <span m='25330'>from</span> <span m='26580'>January</span> <span m='27490'>to</span> <span m='28330'>October,</span> <span m='29715'>the</span> <span m='30020'>end</span> <span m='30230'>of</span> <span m='30606'>October.</span> </p><p><span m='31360'>They</span> <span m='31700'>lay you off</span> <span m='31970'>for</span> <span m='32450'>the</span> <span m='32720'>winter</span> <span m='32970'>season,</span> <span m='33300'>because</span> <span m='33610'>there's</span> <span m='33830'>no</span> <span m='34030'>mowing</span> <span m='34300'>in the winter</span> <span m='34570'>season,</span> <span m='34950'>because</span> <span m='35720'>all</span> <span m='35870'>the</span> <span m='35960'>grass</span> <span m='36560'>goes</span> <span m='36910'>dormant.</span> <span m='37920'>Then</span> <span m='38280'>you</span> <span m='38410'>come</span> <span m='38570'>back</span> <span m='38870'>in</span> <span m='39250'>January</span> <span m='39570'>again.</span> <span m='40540'>Off season,</span> <span m='41300'>I</span> <span m='41980'>go</span> <span m='42330'>and</span> <span m='43510'>get</span> <span m='43660'>another</span> <span m='44240'>part-time</span> <span m='44690'>job,</span> <span m='45736'>like</span> <span m='46120'>at</span> <span m='46230'>Target,</span> <span m='47750'>doing</span> <span m='47900'>night</span> <span m='48260'>stock.</span> </p><p><span m='49250'>It's a</span> <span m='49340'>lot</span> <span m='49590'>different</span> <span m='50070'>than</span> <span m='50590'>driving</span> <span m='50890'>a</span> <span m='51030'>regular</span> <span m='51410'>household</span> <span m='52680'>sit-down</span> <span m='53230'>mower,</span> <span m='53940'>because</span> <span m='54290'>they</span> <span m='54400'>got</span> <span m='55075'>the</span> <span m='55640'>yoke</span> <span m='55880'>steering,</span> <span m='56450'>instead of</span> <span m='56650'>a</span> <span m='56950'>regular</span> <span m='57286'>steering</span> <span m='57622'>wheel.</span> <span m='58610'>I</span> <span m='58850'>had to get</span> <span m='59000'>training</span> <span m='59400'>and</span> <span m='59510'>stuff for</span> <span m='59876'>it.</span> <span m='61120'>It's a</span> <span m='61350'>good,</span> <span m='61690'>easy</span> <span m='62090'>job,</span> <span m='62510'>relaxing</span> <span m='65390'>for</span> <span m='65550'>eight</span> <span m='65750'>hours.</span> <span m='67430'>Just</span> <span m='67630'>to</span> <span m='67720'>try</span> <span m='67910'>to</span> <span m='67990'>keep</span> <span m='68320'>up,</span> <span m='68610'>and</span> <span m='68750'>stuff,</span> <span m='69810'>is</span> <span m='70030'>the</span> <span m='70110'>most</span> <span m='70370'>challenging,</span> <span m='72200'>because</span> <span m='72380'>if</span> <span m='72510'>we</span> <span m='72640'>skip</span> <span m='72960'>parks,</span> <span m='73265'>then</span> <span m='73570'>we</span> <span m='73720'>have</span> <span m='73950'>to</span> <span m='74610'>pick</span> <span m='75060'>up</span> <span m='76176'>where we</span> <span m='76590'>left</span> <span m='76880'>off</span> <span m='77170'>at.</span> </p><p><span m='78590'>If anybody</span> <span m='79030'>wants</span> <span m='79250'>to</span> <span m='79400'>do</span> <span m='79630'>it,</span> <span m='79860'>this</span> <span m='80100'>is</span> <span m='80260'>a</span> <span m='80300'>good</span> <span m='80590'>job</span> <span m='81080'>to</span> <span m='82360'>start</span> <span m='82695'>from,</span> <span m='83860'>because</span> <span m='84220'>it's</span> <span m='84890'>very</span> <span m='85320'>easy.</span> <span m='85920'>Everybody</span> <span m='86480'>is</span> <span m='86810'>good,</span> <span m='88550'>easy</span> <span m='88900'>to</span> <span m='89070'>know,</span> <span m='89530'>and</span> <span m='89650'>stuff.</span> <span m='90100'>And</span> <span m='90180'>they</span> <span m='90850'>do</span> <span m='91070'>cross-training</span> <span m='91790'>on everything,</span> <span m='93280'>like</span> <span m='93450'>edgers,</span> <span m='95100'>mowers,</span> <span m='97840'>chain</span> <span m='98310'>saws,</span> <span m='99750'>chippers,</span> <span m='100640'>and</span> <span m='100980'>all</span> <span m='101160'>the</span> <span m='101230'>heavy</span> <span m='101480'>duty</span> <span m='101780'>equipment.</span> </p>","file":{"id":297214,"video_id":"2746064695001","name":"1282-Kenneth-p-ParkMaintenance","duration":103631,"thumbnail_url":null}});