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Apprenticeship-Greenkeeping Apprenticeship

Blacktown City Council is the second largest Council in NSW and a leader in the growth and development of the Western Sydney region. With a population of close to 350,000 and growing to 500,000 Blacktown City Council plays an important role in the delivery of services to the community.  Blacktown City employs over 2000 staff working across over 40 business lines and provides a wide range of professional opportunities and employee benefits.

At Blacktown City Council we are proud to be supporters of a wide, diverse community and strive towards building the best council in Australia, achieving this through initiatives such as becoming a White Ribbon accredited Council.

About the opportunity

This 4 year apprenticeship is a fantastic opportunity to be a professional in your preferred trade. Throughout the first three years of your apprenticeship, you will receive on the job training and be completing a Certificate III in Horticulture (Turf). Your fourth year will be purely practical experience. Throughout your apprenticeship you will be working with, and supported by qualified trades people.

The greenkeeping apprenticeship enables you to develop sound knowledge of the practical skills required to establish and maintain greens, sporting surfaces and turf production. You will learn to; establish and construct turf playing surfaces, prepare turf surfaces for sports, renovate sports turf, control weeds, prepare and apply pesticides, install irrigation and drainage systems and operate and maintain machinery. You will learn about soils and plants as well as observe environmental work practices. Any work experience or interest in gardening is highly regarded.

Who can apply?

  • Applicants must be entering their first year of an apprenticeship, and must notbe registered as an apprentice with another employer. 
  • Applicants must hold, or be able to obtain, their driver’s licence (provisional) by January 2018.
  • Applicants must be an Australian citizen or be eligible to work in Australia (evidence required).
  • Applicants currently studying a pre-apprenticeship trade (Certificate II) are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background are encouraged to apply.

Benefits of working at Council

The salaries and conditions of employment are in accordance with the Blacktown City Council Enterprise Agreement.

  • A salary range of $426.40 – $709.10 will be offered per week, based on age and level of schooling completed.
  • A 76 hour fortnight, with one rostered day off (RDO).
  • Employee benefits such as leave entitlements, 9.5% employer superannuation contribution, Fitness Passport and gym membership discounts, and social clubs.
  • Additional training opportunities (tickets and licences).


  • The selection process requires selected applicants for all positions to undertake an aptitude test and a medical examination.


  • A cover letter explaining your suitability to the position
  • An up to date resume with accurate contact details including mobile number with voicemail and email address
  • 2 written professional references which could include your supervisor at work, School Career Advisor or a reference from your work experience
  • 2 recent school reports (for those who have completed school within the last 2 years or for those who are still studying)

Only suitable applicants will be contacted.


Strict Closing Date:          5pm, September 15th 2017

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