Street/Park Cleaner Kaitahitahi Papa Rēhia/Huarahi

Street/park cleaners clean and maintain public areas such as streets, parks and buildings.

Street/park cleaners may do some or all of the following:

  • collect rubbish and empty bins
  • sweep and clean paved areas, by hand or with a streetsweeper vehicle
  • clean restrooms and other public facilities
  • mow lawns and take care of gardens
  • clear gutters and unblock drains
  • clean and maintain tools, equipment and vehicles.

Physical Requirements

Street/park cleaners need to have a good level of fitness. They also need to have good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses) if they operate vehicles.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for street/park cleaners includes:

  • driving heavy vehicles
  • cleaning
  • any work involving manual labour.

Personal Qualities

Street/park cleaners need to be:

  • able to work alone
  • organised
  • reliable and hardworking.


Street/park cleaners need to have knowledge of:

  • how to use and maintain tools and equipment
  • how to operate vehicles, including streetsweepers
  • health and safety regulations
  • environmental standards.


Street/park cleaners:

  • Usually do shift work that may include nights, early mornings and weekends
  • work in public areas in the community
  • work in all weather conditions, and in messy or smelly conditions.

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a street/park cleaner.

Street/Park Cleaners can earn around $23-$26 per hour.

Pay for street/park cleaners varies depending on experience and the type of work they do.

Street/park cleaners usually earn between minimum wage and $26 an hour. 

Source: City Care, 2020.

Street/park cleaners may progress to set up their own business, or move into management roles.

Years Of Training

To become a street/park cleaner, you usually need to have a Class 1 driver's licence.

If you drive streetsweeper trucks, you need to have:

  • a Class 2 driver's licence
  • previous experience driving trucks.
Street/Park Cleaner