Horticulturist, Landscape

WHAT YOU DO

As a Landscape Horticulturist, you’ll get to spend a lot of time outside, designing and maintaining landscapes. You and your two green thumbs feel most at home surrounded by plants.

Landscape Horticulturists are the masterminds behind many of the green spaces in your community—parks, gardens, golf courses and everything in between. A Landscape Horticulturist understands what is going on in a particular environment and can determine which plants would enhance the area.

Program details

WHAT YOU LEARN

  • How to survey and assess different landscapes
  • How to design and implement landscape designs
  • How to install and maintain gardens, parks, golf courses and more
  • How to identify a diverse range of plant material
  • How to care for all kinds of plants, trees and shrubs
  • How to diagnose and treat plants
  • How to manage plant pests and incorporate integrated pest management

WHO YOU WORK FOR

As a Landscape Horticulturist, you can work at a single location like a botanical garden, nursery or golf course, travel to multiple residential and commercial sites as an employee of a landscaper, or even start your own business.

Types of Workplaces

  • Architectural Firms
  • Landscapers
  • Municipalities
  • Self Employed

WHO YOU’LL WORK WITH

When you need to redesign or invigorate a landscape or a green space, you bring in an expert. You will be paired with an experienced Landscape Horticulturist who can show you how to design, develop and maintain public and private landscaping spaces with grass, trees, shrubs and ornamental plants.

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Outdoorists are

ADVENTUROUS, CURIOUS, NIMBLE, OUTDOORSY, VISUAL

Critical Skills

  • Identify relevant legislation, regulations and standards
  • Recognize work hazards and apply WHMIS
  • Use and maintain equipment and vehicles
  • Analyze and maintains plant health
  • Design and implement a maintenance schedule
  • Installation and maintenance of drainage systems, irrigation system and landscape lightning

Earn

$44K - $53K annually
$12.00 - $34.00 hourly

Work

  • 40-50
  • hours per week
    seasonal

How to get started

ITA Youth Trade Programs let you get started in a trade while you’re still in high school. That means you could be working in your field, learning from experts and earning a paycheque — all before you graduate.