First-Line Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers
SOC: 37-1012.00


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.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
178,000 employed

Projected (2024):
187,400 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Buildings and Grounds Supervisor
  • Cemetery Workers Supervisor
  • Field Manager
  • Gardening Manager
  • Gardening Supervisor
  • Golf Course Manager
  • Golf Course Superintendent
  • Greens or Grounds Superintendent
  • Greenskeeper
  • Greenskeeper Supervisor
  • Grounds Crew Supervisor
  • Grounds Foreman
  • Grounds Maintenance Supervisor
  • Grounds Manager
  • Grounds Supervisor
  • Groundskeeper Supervisor
  • Head Greenskeeper
  • Horticultural Services Supervisor
  • Landscape Contractor
  • Landscape Engineer
  • Landscape Gardener
  • Landscape Manager
  • Landscape Supervisor
  • Landscaping Manager
  • Landscaping Supervisor
  • Lawn and Tree Service Spray Supervisor
  • Lawn Service Manager
  • Lawn Service Supervisor
  • Nursery Supervisor
  • Tree Trimming Supervisor
  • Turf and Grounds Supervisor
  • Turf Manager

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


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

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

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

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable hand wrenches
  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Bed shapers
  • Brick cutters
  • Bucket trucks
  • Chainsaws
  • Claw hammers
  • Cordless drills
  • Desktop computers
  • Dump trucks
  • Equipment trailers
  • Farm tractors
  • Fertilizer spreaders
  • Forklifts
  • Garden spades
  • Gardening hoes
  • Gardening shovels
  • Grease guns
  • Hand saws
  • Hedge trimmers
  • Herbicide sprayers
  • Insecticide sprayers
  • Landscape rakes
  • Laser levels
  • Lawn sprinklers
  • Leaf blowers
  • Leaf rakes
  • Light pickup trucks
  • Mattocks
  • Measuring wheels
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Outdoor vacuums
  • Personal computers
  • Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Pick axes
  • Pitchforks
  • Pressure washers
  • Pruning saws
  • Push mowers
  • Rakes
  • Riding mowers
  • Rototillers
  • Seed distributors
  • Sidewalk sweepers
  • Skid steer loaders
  • Skip loaders
  • Snowplows
  • Socket wrench sets
  • Spades
  • Straight screwdrivers
  • String trimmers
  • Tractor disc attachments
  • Tractor mowing decks
  • Tractors with backhoe attachments
  • Trenchers
  • Two way radios
  • Weed whackers
  • Wheel loaders
  • Wheelbarrows
  • Inventory management software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Word
  • Payroll software
  • Work order software

  • building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

    industry stats

    SOC: 37-0000

    Total Employed: 4,407,050

    Average Annual Salary: $27,080