Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 37-1012 First-Line Supervisors/Mgrs. of Landscaping, Lawn Serv., & Grndskpg. Wrks.
Plan, organize, direct, or coordinate activities of workers engaged in landscaping or groundskeeping activities, such as planting and maintaining ornamental trees, shrubs, flowers, and lawns, and applying fertilizers, pesticides, and other chemicals, according to contract specifications. May also coordinate activities of workers engaged in terracing hillsides, building retaining walls, constructing pathways, installing patios, and similar activities in following a landscape design plan. Work may involve reviewing contracts to ascertain service, machine, and work force requirements; answering inquiries from potential customers regarding methods, material, and price ranges; and preparing estimates according to labor, material, and machine costs.
Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
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.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Good
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $14.73   Entry $30,624.00
Mean $20.41   Mean $42,449.00
Experience $23.26 Experience $48,366.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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