A landscaping supervisor oversees and manages the field crew. They ensure work done by the field crew complies with contract specifications and the expectations of the customers and employers. The landscaping supervisor plans, schedules, and implements the tasks of the field crew, as well as monitors the working conditions at the job site to ensure a safe working environment. They may recommend additional services to customers and employers as needed to enhance the beauty of their properties. The landscaping supervisor must successfully perform duties while conserving resources and staying within budget. Employers that hire landscaping supervisors include municipalities, parks and recreation departments, schools, golf courses, property managers, private landscaping companies, and many others.
A landscaping supervisor generally needs to have at least an associate's degree in horticulture or a related field. A bachelor's degree is often preferred. The landscaping supervisor should possess professional-level knowledge in irrigation systems, fertilizers, weed control, pruning, and lawn care. Additionally, they should be familiar with the operations of all relevant hand- and gas-powered tools, equipment, and vehicles.
The landscaping supervisor must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, be able to lift at least 50 pounds, be willing to work in inclement weather, and be able to work flexible hours including weekends and holidays. The landscaping supervisor must have a clean driving record and pass all background and drug screenings, and they should be able to read landscaping plans and drawings. The landscaping supervisor must have excellent customer service skills and be able to resolve issues quickly. Being bilingual in English and Spanish may be beneficial.
Landscaping Supervisor Tasks
Plan, oversee, direct, and coordinate landscaping staff and projects.
Review contracts and prepare labor, material and machine price estimates.
Supervise terrace, pathway, patio, and retaining wall construction workers and plans.
Direct fertilizer and pesticide applications.