Your Career as a Landscaper

Your Career as a Landscaper

Your career as a landscaper involves the creation, modification and refinement of outdoor spaces to match client requirements either for aesthetics, construction or environmental engineering purposes. Let’s have a look at what a career as a landscaper actually involves as where your career as a landscaper can take you.

Working as a Landscaper

A landscaper works generally in the post-construction environment to provide a landscaped natural environment to complement construction work. As a landscaper your work will generally involve:

  • Meeting clients to discuss their requirements and advising them
  • Assessing the potential of the site for landscaping requirements and how they can be fulfilled
  • Taking detailed measurements and dimensions of the proposed site and discussing how the project can best be fulfilled
  • Selecting materials that will best suit the job
  • Planning the logistics of the work, including sub-contractors, materials and logistics
  • Clearly communicating any issues to the clients to resolve
  • Carrying out foundation work such as a the laying out of drainage and irrigation systems
  • Reworking and reshaping lawns and natural features with the surrounding environment in mind.

Career Path

In your career as a landscaper you can be involved in large scale construction projects on one hand and on bespoke small-scale domestic landscape roles on the other hand. Some of the other roles you may work alongside would include:

  • Land surveyor
  • Architect
  • Draughtsperson
  • Foreperson
  • Finishing foreperson
  • CAD technician
  • Health & Safety
  • Project engineer
  • Carpenter
  • Construction labourer
  • QA/QC engineer
  • Site clerk
  • Civil engineer

Professional Qualifications

A landscaper will often have a third level degree, or level 7 qualification, in an area such as horticulture, agriculture or botany. Also important is a sense of design and artistic flair, aligned with a strong affinity to the environment and creating a project that delivers for both the clients requirements and to the benefit of the local environment. A knowledge of tech systems such as CAD would be a strong addition to your skills to start your career as a landscaper.

How your Career can Develop

Once you have established yourself as a landscaper you can seek to join the Association of Landscape Contractors of Ireland (ALCI), which is a representative body for the landscaping sector and seeks to improve quality and standards across the sector. Many landscapers work on a freelance basis for construction contractors and also for domestic and other contracts, so a good reputation is vital, as is a solid and dependable professional network within the sector and related in industries.