Supervisors of landscaping and groundskeeping workers oversee grounds maintenance work. They oversee workers who mow grassy areas, trim trees, hedges and shrubs, prepare flower beds and plant, and maintain proper drainage. Groundskeeping may involve pesticides, maintenance of fountains, pools or other water features, occasional or constant irrigation and periodic use of gravel on walkways and fertilizer on plants.
Groundskeeping supervisors prepare cost estimates for their operations, schedule employees based on seasonal needs, weather and available equipment, and keep a constant watch on the quality of work performed by the crews. Supervisors train workers in order to get the results they want; they also keep employees' time records and record work performed.
Groundskeeping supervisors, especially those who operate their own businesses, should have some educational background (or experience) in horticulture; they should also be comfortable with the basics of business accounting and personnel management. Large organizations hiring groundskeeping supervisors are looking for educational background today in addition to experience.
In 2006 there were 202,000 groundskeeping supervisors working in the United States, according to the Department of Labor. Jobs range from golf course crew oversight to campus groundskeeping to housing developments with common grounds to small private contractors.
The opportunities for groundskeeping supervisor and grounds management should increase over the next several years, in part due to the expanded development of condominium developments that require professional grounds management.
Median Salary $17.93 $35.860