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

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About the Job

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.

It is also Called

  • Turf Manager
  • Turf and Grounds Supervisor
  • Tree Trimming Supervisor
  • Sports Field Manager
  • Sod Farm Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Nursery Supervisor
  • Maintenance Supervisor
  • Lawn Service Supervisor
  • Lawn Service Manager
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What They Do

  • Install or maintain landscaped areas, performing tasks such as removing snow, pouring cement curbs, or repairing sidewalks.
  • Design or supervise the installation of sprinkler systems, calculating water pressure, or valve and pipe coverage needs.
  • Tour grounds, such as parks, botanical gardens, cemeteries, or golf courses, to inspect conditions of plants and soil.
  • Confer with managers or landscape architects to develop plans or schedules for landscaping maintenance or improvement.
  • Recommend changes in working conditions or equipment use to increase crew efficiency.
  • Identify diseases or pests affecting landscaping and order appropriate treatments.
  • Negotiate with customers regarding fees for landscaping, lawn service, or groundskeeping work.
  • Prepare or maintain required records, such as work activity or personnel reports.
  • Train workers in tasks such as transplanting or pruning trees or shrubs, finishing cement, using equipment, or caring for turf.
  • Maintain required records, such as personnel information or project records.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: ERC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Enterprising interests, but also prefer Realistic and Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Relationships and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

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In 2014, the average annual wage in New Jersey was $51,240 with most people making between $33,770 and $73,380


avg. annual growth

During 2012, this occupation employed approximately 7,100 people in New Jersey. It is projected that there will be 7,530 employed in 2022.

This occupation will have about 43 openings due to growth and about 77 replacement openings for approximately 120 total annual openings.