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

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

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

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


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

Detailed Work Activities

  • Confer with coworkers to coordinate maintenance or cleaning activities.
  • Determine resource needs.
  • Document work hours or activities.
  • Establish work standards.
  • Estimate maintenance service requirements or costs.
  • Evaluate current or prospective maintenance employees.
  • Inspect buildings or grounds to determine condition.
  • Inspect landscaping to determine treatment needs.
  • Inspect work to ensure standards are met.
  • Instruct staff in work policies or procedures.
  • Inventory materials or equipment.
  • Investigate work related complaints to determine corrective actions.
  • Irrigate lawns, trees, or plants.
  • Plan employee work schedules.
  • Plant greenery to improve landscape appearance.
  • Prepare chemicals for work application.
  • Provide information about landscaping services or costs.
  • Recommend organizational process or policy changes.
  • Remove snow.
  • Supervise maintenance workers.
  • Trim trees or other vegetation.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Assistant Public Works Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Barracks and Grounds Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Cavalry Scout (Army - Enlisted)
  • Combat Engineer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Combat Medic Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Facilities Management Officer (Marine Corps - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Facilities Manager (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Military Police (Army - Enlisted)
  • Public Works Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Services (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Unit Supply Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Utilities Officer (Marine Corps - Warrant Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Greenskeeper I
  • Superintendent, Greens
  • Supervisor, Cemetery Workers
  • Supervisor, Landscape
  • Supervisor, Spray, Lawn and Tree Service
  • Supervisor, Tree-Trimming