Greenkeepers are involved in preparing, establishing and managing fine turf, grassed areas and synthetic surfaces. This includes doing domestic and commercial mowing, lawn maintenance operations or work on commercial turf farms. They are also known as groundspeople or turf keepers.

Where greenkeepers are employed

Greenkeepers usually work in a wide range of settings including public and private institutions. This includes parks and recreational services, city councils, nurseries and construction industries.


Full-time greenkeepers in South Australia generally earn between $600 and $999 per week.

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Job prospects

In 2011 there were 651 people employed full-time as greenkeepers in South Australia compared with 631 in 2006.

How to become one

You can work as a greenkeeper by completing an apprenticeship or traineeship in horticulture, production horticulture, production nursery or retail nursery. Entry requirements may vary but employers generally require year 10. Ask your career adviser about starting this training at school.

For more information see apprenticeships and traineeships

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