If you love being outdoors, working with your hands, solving problems and being part of a team, there are lots of job opportunities in the landscape and grounds maintenance field.
Crew members plant flowers, mow lawns and make landscapes beautiful. Landscape designers create artistry from the ground up. Field supervisors combine people skills with organizational know-how to make sure jobs are done just right.
Let’s take a look at some landscape maintenance jobs.
Lawn Care And Mowing Technician
If you’re allergic to grass, this job isn’t for you. This involves lawn mowing, spraying and fertilizing.
A lawn care technician should be in good physical condition, be able to safely lift and carry 50 pounds and be able to kneel for long periods of time.
This job requires manual labor in all four seasons. The lawn care tech is part of a team, so should work successfully with others and be willing to both receive and offer instruction.
They need to be familiar with and comfortable mowing and string trimming with power equipment, calibrating spreaders and sprayers, mixing and apply pesticides and fertilizers at correct rates.
They interact with customers, so they need a professional appearance and attitude and be friendly and approachable to clients and neighbors.
Average Pay: $16.50/hour ($15 - $18/hour range, depending on experience)
The account manager is the primary customer contact person and is responsible for the proactive management of the customer relationship and the property.
They inspect the property on a regular basis, sometimes as often as weekly, and provide quality control feedback to the production crews and the property owner or manager.
They offer suggestions on improvements to the property and are also responsible for the renewal of projects. They may also be involved in the management and selection of annual plant displays.
Account Manager Salary: $70,000 average ($55,000 - $85,000 range, depending on experience)
Organized? Efficient? The operations manager position might be a good fit for you.
The operations manager schedules and directs personnel and resources toward providing quality, cost-effective service to clients.
Operations managers support the branch manager in estimating, budgeting, and client relations. The operations manager is responsible for client services, employee development, and safety.
They also have administrative and financial responsibilities. They work directly with account managers to make sure clients’ needs are being met.
Operations Manager Salary: $63,000 average ($55,000 - $85,000 range, depending on experience)
Landscape designers create the artistic plans that make a property beautiful. But they don’t do it in a vacuum. They collaborate with account managers from site evaluation to presentation.
The work includes completing designs and generating estimates, and this job requires the ability to manage multiple projects and activities. The landscape designer also presents designs and sells landscape projects to prospective clients.
This job requires a bachelor’s degree in landscape construction/design or a related field. A landscape designer also needs experience with CAD-based software, Photoshop and Adobe.
A landscape designer also needs to be creative, outgoing and have excellent verbal and graphic presentation abilities.
Landscape Designer Salary: $50,000 - $75,000 range, depending on experience
A field supervisor, also called a foreman, typically works alongside the crews they supervise. They make sure instructions are followed, deadlines are met, and schedules are maintained.
Field supervisors schedule work for crews depending on work priorities, crew and equipment availability, and weather conditions. They inspect completed work to make sure it’s done according to the client’s contract. And they train and coach crew members in consistent maintenance techniques.
A field supervisor should have landscape maintenance experience, and a college degree or training might be required, too. This job requires a valid driver’s license and good driving record.
Field Supervisor Salary: $48,000 average, ($42,000 - $60,000 range, depending on experience)
The crew driver reports to the field supervisor, and becomes second in command in the field. Drivers are responsible for the safe operation of trucks and equipment when necessary. Drivers are also laborers on crews, performing tasks such as mowing, trimming, and blowing. This job requires excellent communication skills and a good driving record.
Average Crew Driver Pay: $17/hour ($16 - $20/hr range, depending on experience)
Spray Technicians are responsible for maintaining herbicide, pesticide, and fertilization applications, with a strict adherence to all federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
Employers look for prior experience, a certified applicator license, and a valid drivers license with a clean driving record.
Average Spray Technician Pay: $22/hour ($18 - $26/hour range, depending on experience)
Landscape maintenance companies are almost always looking for good, dependable crew members.
Crew are responsible for the care of the landscaping and grounds surrounding a home or business. They mow lawns; trim and edge around walks, flower beds, and walls; plant flowers, grass, shrubs, and bushes; cut tree limbs; pull weeds.
Average Crew Pay: $16.50/hour ($15 - $18/hour range, depending on experience)
Come Work With Level Green
At Level Green Landscaping, we’re looking for driven people who value quality work and client relationships as much as we do. Our team members receive competitive pay and benefits for our landscape maintenance jobs, and they have the opportunity to move up within the company.
We love what we do, and we’re always looking for others who feel the same way.
Apply for on of our available landscape maintenance jobs, and we’ll be in touch with you soon.