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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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

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


    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    • Time Management

      Managing one's own time and the time of others.

    • 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.


    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy


    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.


    • 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.

    • 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.

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