First-Line Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of workers engaged in landscaping or groundskeeping activities. Work may involve reviewing contracts to ascertain service, machine, and workforce requirements; answering inquiries from potential customers regarding methods, material, and price ranges; and preparing estimates according to labor, material, and machine costs.

Median Annual Wage: $43,160

Education: Associate's degree (35%); Post-secondary certificate (27%)

Projected Growth: Average (8% to 14%)

Related Job Titles: Grounds Supervisor; Golf Course Superintendent; Landscape Supervisor; Grounds Crew Supervisor; Grounds Maintenance Supervisor; Groundskeeper Supervisor; Landscape Manager; Grounds Foreman; Field Manager; Grounds Manager

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  • Establish and enforce operating procedures and work standards that will ensure adequate performance and personnel safety.
  • Inspect completed work to ensure conformance to specifications, standards, and contract requirements.
  • Provide workers with assistance in performing duties as necessary to meet deadlines.
  • Direct activities of workers who perform duties such as landscaping, cultivating lawns, or pruning trees and shrubs.
  • Confer with other supervisors to coordinate work activities with those of other departments or units.
  • Schedule work for crews, depending on work priorities, crew or equipment availability, or weather conditions.
  • Direct or perform mixing or application of fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides, or fungicides.
  • Direct or assist workers engaged in the maintenance or repair of equipment, such as power tools or motorized equipment.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as authorizing leaves or processing time sheets.
  • Answer inquiries from current or prospective customers regarding methods, materials, or price ranges.
  • Inventory supplies of tools, equipment, or materials to ensure that sufficient supplies are available and items are in usable condition.
  • Review contracts or work assignments to determine service, machine, or workforce requirements for jobs.
  • Perform personnel-related activities, such as hiring workers, evaluating staff performance, or taking disciplinary actions when performance problems occur.
  • Investigate work-related complaints to verify problems and to determine responses.
  • Prepare service estimates based on labor, material, and machine costs and maintain budgets for individual projects.
  • Plant or maintain vegetation through activities such as mulching, fertilizing, watering, mowing, or pruning.
  • Order the performance of corrective work when problems occur and recommend procedural changes to avoid such problems.
  • Maintain required records, such as personnel information or project records.
  • Train workers in tasks such as transplanting or pruning trees or shrubs, finishing cement, using equipment, or caring for turf.
  • Prepare or maintain required records, such as work activity or personnel reports.
  • Negotiate with customers regarding fees for landscaping, lawn service, or groundskeeping work.
  • Identify diseases or pests affecting landscaping and order appropriate treatments.
  • Recommend changes in working conditions or equipment use to increase crew efficiency.
  • Confer with managers or landscape architects to develop plans or schedules for landscaping maintenance or improvement.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for First-Line Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers.

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for First-Line Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers.

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