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Basic Labourer / TRAINEE


  1. Position description:

The Maintenance Basic Laborer must have a positive, can-do attitude, be an eager learner, be conscious of safety requirements, work effectively as a team member, dress appropriately, be punctual, and follow all instructions given by the Maintenance Foreman or Leadsman.

  1. Reports to:

   The Maintenance Basic Laborer reports directly to the Maintenance Foreman or  


  1. Skill set and educational requirements:

The Maintenance Basic Laborer must possess the following skill set and

   educational background:

A. No previous landscape maintenance experience needed.

B. Minimum of a high school diploma or Equivalent

C. Possess clean driver’s license and must be insurable on company’s insurance policy( an asset)

D. Have a clean criminal record and in possession of a valid Certificate of Good Character.

E. Legal documentation to verify employment eligibility.

F. Physically able to handle the work load of a Maintenance Leadman or Laborer.

G. Have full range of mobility in upper and lower body.

H. Able to lift 50 pounds without assistance.

I.  Have reliable transportation to/from work.

J. In possession of or capable of obtaining PLEA Certification ( 10 Hour HSE Awarness)

  4. Responsibilities:

A. Follows all instructions given by the Maintenance Foreman or Leadman.

B. Thoroughly understands and complies with company policy and safety manual.

C. Reports any/all unsafe conditions or accidents.

D. Properly and safely operates equipment.

E. Works in a safe manner and reports any/all unsafe conditions to foreman and/or supervisors.

F. Reports to work on time.

G. Is a willing learner who seeks to master the basic skills of Lawn Care maintenance:

        String Trimmer (Wacker)

        Pruning of Plants

        Blowing with Back Pak & Wheel Blowers

        Spraying with Back Pak & Boom Sprayer

        Aeration & Mulching

        Deweeding & Clean ups


H. Reports to work in a clean, appropriate uniform and wearing the appropriate PPE.

I.  Able to communicate with supervisor in a timely and thorough manner.

J.  Completes assigned tasks efficiently, thoroughly, and per company production rates.

K. Continuing education requirement: minimum of 5 hours per year.

5.Salary, bonus, and/or commissions:

Commensurate with experience ($21.87 to $28.12 per hour).

6.Appraisal criteria:

The primary appraisal criteria for the Maintenance Basic Laborer is to show up on time in the proper clean uniform, work hard, and within 90 days learn the skills necessary to properly and safely operate all hand tools and to meet company production rates.


7   Success factors:

A. Works hard and listens to all instructions given him or her by the Maintenance Foreman or Leadman.

B. Punctual.

C. Eager to learn.

D. Pays attention to detail.

  8. The hidden job description:

A. What should this person enjoy doing to be successful in this job?

(1) Creating wealth for the company and value for clients.

(2) Working with a team of two to four people.

(3) Working hard.

B. What personal qualities are necessary for this job?

(1) Positive outlook and disposition.

(2) Punctual.

(3) Enjoys challenges and problem solving.

(4) Consistent behavior.

(5) Strong work ethic.

(6) Polite.

(7) Dependable.

(8) Self-starter.

C. What type of behavior will suit this job?

(1) Energetic.

(2) Goal oriented.

(3) Inquisitive and eager learner.

(4) Action oriented.

D. Are there any unusual circumstances in this organization that the person will have to cope with?

(1) Poor economy.

(2) Undeveloped estimating, scheduling, tracking, and job costing systems.

(3) Lack of skilled workers.

E. What are the toughest conditions of the job?

(1) Must be a self-starter.

(2) Hard physical work.

(3) Limited resources to get job done (personnel and equipment).

F. What kind of work should a person thrive on in order to be happy doing this particular job?

(1) Likes hard physical work.

(2) Likes to be part of a team of professionals.

(3) Responds well to instructions.

G. If you had to describe the person who could best fill this job, how would you do so?

(1) Has to love the chaos of a two to four person landscape crew.

(2) Has to love being part of a team of professionals.

(3) Has to love helping to build a company that is respected in the community.

  9. Individual profile:

A. A self-starter.

B. Action- and results-oriented.

C. Excels at being part of a team.

D. Excels at following instructions.

E. Dependable.

F. Pays attention to detail.

10.     Professional attitude:

A. Customer-service oriented.

B. Enjoys being coached and part of a team of professionals.

C. Displays a positive, “can-do” demeanor.

D. Encourages, assists, and supports fellow crew members.

E. Requires minimal supervision.

F. Desires to grow professionally and seeks to improve personal skill set.

G. Seeks out other professionals from whom to learn.

H. Is punctual and energetic.

I.  Accepts and appreciates correctional input/feedback from fellow crew members.

J.  Enjoys working with and contributing to a team.

K. Maintains high professional standards for neatness, discipline, self-control, and organization.

L. Is not moody, belligerent, narcissistic, a loner, vindictive, mean-spirited, etc.

11.     Potential career path for next five positions:

A. Lawn Care Maintenance Technician

B. Lawn Care Maintenance Foreman/ Crew Leader

C. Lawn Care Maintenance Supervisor.

D. Lawn Care Assistant Operations Manager

E. Lawn Care Operations Manager


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