CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

First Line Supv/Mgr Landscaping, Lawn Service and Grounds

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Building Management
Benchmark Title: First Line Supv/Mgr Landscaping, Lawn Service and Grounds
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. 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 and equipment availability, and weather conditions.
 
Plant and maintain vegetation through activities such as mulching, fertilizing, watering, mowing, and pruning.
 
Monitor project activities to ensure that instructions are followed, deadlines are met, and schedules are maintained.
 
Train workers in tasks such as transplanting and pruning trees and shrubs, finishing cement, using equipment, and caring for turf.
 
Provide workers with assistance in performing duties as necessary to meet deadlines.
 
Inventory supplies of tools, equipment, and 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, and taking disciplinary actions when performance problems occur.
 
Direct or perform mixing and application of fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides.
 
Review contracts or work assignments to determine service, machine, and workforce requirements for jobs.
 
Maintain required records such as personnel information and project records.
 
Prepare and maintain required records such as work activity and personnel reports.
 
Order the performance of corrective work when problems occur, and recommend procedural changes to avoid such problems.
 
Identify diseases and pests affecting landscaping, and order appropriate treatments.
 
Investigate work-related complaints in order to verify problems, and to determine responses.
 
Direct and assist workers engaged in the maintenance and repair of equipment such as power tools and motorized equipment.
 
Install and maintain landscaped areas, performing tasks such as removing snow, pouring cement curbs, and repairing sidewalks.
 
Perform administrative duties such as authorizing leaves and processing time sheets.
 
Recommend changes in working conditions or equipment use, in order to increase crew efficiency.
 
Confer with managers and landscape architects to develop plans and schedules for landscaping maintenance and improvement.
 
Negotiate with customers regarding fees for landscaping, lawn service, or groundskeeping work.
 
Answer inquiries from current or prospective customers regarding methods, materials, and 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 and supervise the installation of sprinkler systems, calculating water pressure, and valve and pipe coverage needs.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Building Management
Benchmark Title: First Line Supv/Mgr Landscaping, Lawn Service and Grounds
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
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.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Building Management
Benchmark Title: First Line Supv/Mgr Landscaping, Lawn Service and Grounds
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Building Management
Benchmark Title: First Line Supv/Mgr Landscaping, Lawn Service and Grounds
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
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 there is a problem.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Building Management
Benchmark Title: First Line Supv/Mgr Landscaping, Lawn Service and Grounds
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Inventory management software Inventory management software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
 
Microsoft Outlook Electronic mail software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
Payroll software Time accounting software
 
Work order software Facilities management software
 
Adjustable hand wrenches Adjustable wrenches
 
Adjustable widemouth pliers Adjustable widemouth pliers
 
Bed shapers Graders or land levelers
 
Brick cutters Cutting machines
 
Bucket trucks Articulating boom lift
 
Chainsaws Power saws
 
Claw hammers Hammers
 
Cordless drills Power drills
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Dump trucks Dump trucks
 
Equipment trailers Flatbed trailers
 
Farm tractors Agricultural tractors
 
Fertilizer spreaders Fertilizer spreaders or distributors
 
Forklifts Forklifts
 
Garden spades Spades
 
Gardening hoes Hoes
 
Gardening shovels Shovels
 
Grease guns Grease guns
 
Hand saws Saws
 
Hedge trimmers Hedge clippers
 
Herbicide sprayers Sprayers
 
Insecticide sprayers Hand sprayers
 
Irrigation systems Irrigation pipes or tubes
 
Laser levels Levels
 
Leaf blowers Power blowers
 
Light pickup trucks Light trucks or sport utility vehicles
 
Measuring wheels Measuring wheels for distance
 
Multi-line telephone systems Special purpose telephones
 
Outdoor vacuums Vacuum cleaners
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Phillips head screwdrivers Screwdrivers
 
Pick axes Axes
 
Pressure washers Pressure or steam cleaners
 
Pruning saws Forestry saws
 
Rakes Rakes
 
Riding mowers Lawnmowers
 
Rototillers Cultivators
 
Seed distributors Planters
 
Sidewalk sweepers Vacuum cleaners
 
Skid steer loaders Skid steer loaders
 
Skip loaders Skid steer loaders
 
Snowplows Snowplow attachments
 
Socket wrench sets Socket sets
 
Spades Spades
 
Straight screwdrivers Screwdrivers
 
Tractor disc attachments Disks
 
Tractors with backhoe attachments Backhoes
 
Trenchers Trenching machines
 
Two way radios Two way radios
 
Weed whackers Hedge clippers
 
Wheel loaders Wheel loaders
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Building Management
Benchmark Title: First Line Supv/Mgr Landscaping, Lawn Service and Grounds
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
On-the-Job Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
 
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
Required Level of Education Associate's Degree (or other 2-year degree)
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Building Management
Benchmark Title: First Line Supv/Mgr Landscaping, Lawn Service and Grounds
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Athletic Fields Superintendent
Buildings and Grounds Supervisor
Cemetery Workers Supervisor
Custodial Supervisor
Facility Maintenance Manager
Field Manager
Garden Supervisor
Gardening Manager
Gardening Supervisor
Golf Course Manager
Golf Course Superintendent
Greens or Grounds Superintendent
Greenskeeper
Greenskeeper Supervisor
Grounds Crew Supervisor
Grounds Foreman
Grounds Foreperson
Grounds Maintenance Manager
Grounds Maintenance Supervisor
Grounds Manager
Grounds Supervisor
Grounds Worker
Groundskeeper Supervisor
Head Greenskeeper
Horticultural Services Supervisor
Horticulturist
Irrigation Manager
Landscape Contractor
Landscape Engineer
Landscape Foreman
Landscape Gardener
Landscape Installation Foreman
Landscape Manager
Landscape Supervisor
Landscaper
Landscaping Manager
Landscaping Supervisor
Lawn Service Manager
Lawn Service Supervisor
Lawn and Tree Service Spray Supervisor
Maintenance Supervisor
Nursery Supervisor
Operations Manager
Sod Farm Manager
Sports Field Manager
Tree Trimming Supervisor
Turf Manager
Turf and Grounds Supervisor
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Building Management
Benchmark Title: First Line Supv/Mgr Landscaping, Lawn Service and Grounds
 
 
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