Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists (NOC 2225)

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Estimated hourly wage
in Québec (2017-2019)
Minimum 13.60$
Median 18.56$
Maximum 38.46$
Job prospect
(2019-2023)
Employment in 2018
6,000
Skill level
Technical (usually a college or secondary school vocational diploma)

Significant seasonality

Nature of work

This unit group includes those who survey and assess landscapes; draw sketches and build models of landscape designs; construct and maintain gardens, parks, golf courses and other landscaped environments; advise clients on issues related to horticulture such as irrigation; breed, cultivate and study plants; and treat injured and diseased trees and plants. They are employed by landscape designers and contractors, lawn service and tree care establishments, golf courses, nurseries and greenhouses, and municipal, provincial and national parks, or they may be self-employed.

Main duties

  • The following is a summary of the main duties for some occupations in this unit group:
  • - Arborists and tree service technicians examine trees and shrubs to diagnose problems and disease, and apply various treatments such as pruning, spraying, repairing damaged areas and injecting with treatment solutions.
  • - Golf course superintendents direct crews who maintain the health and appearance of golf courses and their surrounding landscapes, plant and move trees, and apply fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides and pesticides.
  • - Horticulturists plan and co-ordinate the growth and use of plants for landscaping, ornamental uses and other purposes.
  • - Continued…
  • - Landscape designers and landscape architectural technicians and technologists survey and assess sites, prepare drawings, sketches and reports and perform other duties to assist landscape architects in designing landscaped environments.
  • - Landscape gardeners plant and maintain private and public lawns and gardens.
  • - Landscapers plan and construct landscaped environments which may include trees, shrubberies, lawns, fences, decks, patios and other landscape structures.
  • - Lawn care specialists visit clients, assess the health of lawns, and apply fertilizer, pesticides and other lawn care products.

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of a university or college program in agronomy, arboriculture, horticulture, landscaping, landscape design or landscape technology is usually required.
  • * Experience as a landscape and grounds maintenance labourer may be required for golf course superintendents, landscape gardeners and landscapers.
  • * An apprenticeship program is available for horticulturists, arboriculturists and landscape gardeners.
  • * A provincial licence to apply chemical fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides and pesticides may be required.
  • * In Quebec, membership in the regulatory body is required to use the title of Professional Technologist.

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