Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers Supervisor  What They Do

Just the Facts


Directly supervises and coordinates 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.

This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Maintenance/Operations pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Monitors project activities to ensure that instructions are followed, deadlines are met, and schedules are maintained.
  • Establishes and enforces operating procedures and work standards that will ensure adequate performance and personnel safety.
  • Inspects completed work to ensure conformance to specifications, standards, and contract requirements.
  • Provides workers with assistance in performing duties as necessary to meet deadlines.
  • Directs activities of workers who perform duties, such as landscaping, cultivating lawns, or pruning trees and shrubs.
  • Confers with other supervisors to coordinate work activities with those of other departments or units.
  • Schedules work for crews, depending on work priorities, crew or equipment availability, or weather conditions.
  • Directs or performs mixing or application of fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides, or fungicides.
  • Directs or assists workers engaged in the maintenance or repair of equipment, such as power tools or motorized equipment.
  • Performs administrative duties, such as authorizing leaves or processing time sheets.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 50 lbs., sometimes up to 100 lbs. You will need a lot of strength at this level.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Whole body vibrations, such as when operating a jackhammer

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects

Work Hours and Travel

  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Field Manager --
  • Golf Course Superintendent --
  • Grounds Crew Supervisor --
  • Grounds Foreman --
  • Grounds Maintenance Supervisor --
  • Grounds Manager --
  • Grounds Supervisor --
  • Groundskeeper Supervisor --
  • Landscape Manager --
  • Landscape Supervisor --