Landscape managers ensure that the landscaping standards of the hiring company are maintained. This involves planning the design of the landscape, with day-to-day operations including overseeing maintenance crews, maintaining budgets, conducting soil analysis, and performing grounds inspections. Depending on the specific needs of the position, ordering equipment and implementing new features may also be required. Equipment varies in function and operation, but general experience with landscaping tools should cover most requirements.
The work is primarily done in an outdoor environment, with the employee working directly on the grounds to ensure the landscape is carefully managed. However, meetings and communication with management and teams may be done in an office setting. Hours vary depending on company needs, but shifts are commonly available during typical business operating hours. Work involves exposure to extreme temperatures depending on the location and has physical requirements related to operating equipment and performing manual labor on a regular basis.
A wide variety of positions are available under the title of landscape manager, ranging from working with large collections of properties to maintaining grounds at single buildings. Although the latter may require more work experience, large corporations also often hold higher requirements related to experience. Generally speaking, landscape manager positions require a minimum of five years in management experience in a related field, but entry-level opportunities are not uncommon. Educational qualifications are typically not required, but some positions list a bachelor’s degree or technical/trade school diploma as a preferred qualification.
Landscape Manager Tasks
Design and implement all renovation projects and manage the personnel assigned to these projects.
Train and supervise employees of the landscaping crew.
Perform insect and disease identification and control in designated gardens and landscape areas.
Assist with scheduling employees, delegating job tasks, maintaining inventory and creating written reports and correspondence.