In collaboration with Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy (BOPC), and generously funded by KeyBank in partnership with the First Niagara Foundation and The Riverline, BCAT will offer our second year of study for adults residing in the city of Buffalo.

The Landscape Maintenance Technician program offers classroom instruction, in-field training, and a paid internship program at BOPC’s urban park system that consists of 850 acres of beautifully designed parks, parkways and circles.

The 120-hour course will include 60 hours of in-class instruction offered at Parkside Lodge, followed by 60 hours of in-field training and a paid internship.

10 spots are available with full scholarship for students and current landscape employees!

Adults who are accepted into the program will receive a scholarship that will cover 100% of the tuition, books, and work boots.

Landscape Maintenance Technician Curriculum

Classes begin April 25, 2023 and are held twice a month, every second and fourth Tuesday from 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM at The Parkside Lodge – 84 Parkside Ave, Buffalo, NY 14214.


Landscape Maintenance Technician In-Field Placement

Focused on Landscape Maintenance Technician Work Areas and Skills including:

  • General Routine Maintenance – Park upkeep and debris pickup, park surveillance and vandalism management; Safety, first aid, playground and park amenity inspection
  • Turf Maintenance – Mower operation in a landscape setting, with weedwhacker and other small machinery operations, plus recreational field support
  • Garden and Bed Maintenance – Seasonal garden maintenance, watering and mulching, with plant and weed identification, planting and weeding techniques
  • Tree Care Maintenance – Tree planting, chainsaw safety, and limb and stump removal/cleanup
  • Horticulture / Greenhouse Growing – Annual seed propagation, transplanting, growing and care, and compost production
  • Equipment Maintenance – General tool and equipment maintenance and fueling, equipment cleaning and storage, and park vehicle inspection protocols
  • Work Order and Volunteer Management – Supervision and oversight of volunteer groups, with volunteer safety, health and covid policies
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