Imagine spending time outdoors and the satisfaction of walking away from a property, knowing it looks better than when you showed up. A sense of accomplishment. That’s what you’ll get with a career at Grassperson. We’re looking for honest, hard-working folks who want more than a job. A position at Grassperson is a gateway to opportunity and career advancement.
We believe in training and developing our people so they can grow in their careers. We give them something to work toward—goals to achieve, and rewards that come with success. If you’re the type of person that wants to be challenged with new, different projects and enjoys being around people, this could be the place for you.
We are always looking for committed, ethical people who are willing to learn. If you are new to the landscaping industry, let us show you the Grassperson way. We have the tools and mentors to provide you with the skills. What we’re seeking is a positive attitude, friendly approach with customers, open communication and flexibility—willingness to take on tasks and collaborate with a team. Does this sound like you?
If you’ve got a passion for the outdoors and want a career where you can make a difference, the green industry includes a range of landscaping and lawn care jobs that offer these opportunities. The green industry employs more than 1 million people and encompasses about 515,000 businesses, according to a 2018 Landscape Services Industry Report by the National Association of Landscape Contractors (NALP). The top three green industry services are residential landscaping, commercial landscape maintenance and landscape construction.
The diverse landscaping workforce includes crew members who perform landscaping services, supervisors who oversee field operations, account managers who focus on business development and sales, and administrative personnel who oversee office-related tasks. Not only that, landscape design and construction requires the skills of landscape architects and designers, along with specialists who install patios and landscape features.
The broad range of career opportunities in the green industry explains why there are 721,943 jobs in landscaping, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
If you have no previous experience in landscaping, you can develop the skills to learn the trade and grow a fulfilling career where there’s variety, teamwork and benefits. Plus, you’ll gain the satisfaction of improving the outdoor environment.
So, how do you learn more about landscaping careers? What are the education requirements, and how do you find a job in the green industry? This guide will identify the types of jobs in landscaping that are available, and the qualifications to start and grow a rewarding career.
There are many types of jobs in landscaping, and understanding what these positions entail can help you determine where your skills might fit. No matter the job title, landscaping careers demand a strong work ethic, teamwork mentality and interest in the outdoors. Many landscaping companies will tell you they can teach you the trade—but the soft skills, such as good communication and attention to detail, are what green industry companies look for in job candidates.
Here is a snapshot of 6 different lawn care jobs and what each landscaping career involves.
You’ll be responsible for servicing customer lawns on a route—applying fertilizer, treating weeds and performing other professional lawn care applications.
Salary Range: $15 to $20 per hour
You’ll manage a crew of landscape technicians, overseeing and performing work in the field that includes tree and shrub trimming, mulch and seasonal color installation, drainage system installation and landscape installation.
Salary Range: $15 to $18 per hour
As a crew leader, you will manage a team of three or more lawn maintenance technicians in the field, overseeing and assisting with pruning, edging, mowing and providing quality service.
Salary Range: $15 to $18 per hour
As field operations manager, you will oversee all phases of field operations teams and supervise crew leaders. In this position, you’ll work with internal staff and customers, so strong communication skills and customer empathy are critical. You will spearhead training and development for field teams, driving the continued high performance of staff. You will set schedules, oversee H.R., visit job sites and track performance through a CRM system.
Salary Range: $45,000 to $65,000 per year
You are the person our customers meet for the first time when they sign on with the landscaping company, and they’ll build a relationship with you as you become a trusted consultant. This position involves consultative selling, relationship-building and customer empathy—and ability to understand customers’ challenges and come up with solutions through the company’s landscape services. Knowledge of plant material is also important
Salary Range: $40,000 to $60,000
This customer-centric team member is the front door to the landscape business in many ways. As customer service representative, you’ll communicate with staff and customers. You will also use a CRM system and your multitasking skills to help run the office.
Salary Range: $32,000 to $40,000 per year
Companies can talk about career paths, but what skills will you need to climb the ladder? You might be wondering, if you are hired as a crew member at a landscaping company, what’s next?
Let’s follow a realistic career path that begins with an entry-level field position on a landscape maintenance crew.
The great thing about the landscaping industry is the variety of jobs available—some requiring horticultural experience and landscaping knowledge, others demanding sales background, and plenty that are open to someone who is finishing school and/or does not have formal landscape training. Education requirements for landscaping jobs depend entirely on the job title and role.
Here’s an overview of the education requirements you can expect for common landscaping jobs.
You must have a valid driver’s license, a clean driving record, be able to lift 50 pounds, and enjoy working outdoors. Ideally, you’ll have a working knowledge of chemical fertilizer application and outdoor pest control, with 2 or more years of industry experience and English speaking capability.
You should have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record, and four or more years of relevant lawn maintenance or landscape maintenance experience. Landscape companies are looking for leaders who are bilingual, communicate effectively with clients, and work effectively with office personnel and team members and are self-motivated. You should have a working knowledge of plant material and landscape installation
You’ll need a valid driver’s license, clean driving record and four or more years of relevant lawn care or landscape experience. Team leaders should be bilingual and communicate effectively with clients. You should have a strong working knowledge of operating power equipment including mowers, string trimmers, edgers, chain saws, sod cutters, pruning saws and blowers.
This position calls for a bachelor’s degree in horticulture or turf management or 5 to 10 years of direct industry experience. Spanish-speaking capability is helpful, as is a mechanical aptitude and knowledge of plants, grasses, and weeds.
If you have a 2- or 4-year horticulture degree or are working toward one, this position could be a great fit. Sales experience in the service industry and strong business acumen are important qualities.
The minimum education requirement is a high school diploma. You should have excellent customer service skills and a passion for helping people.
If you’re looking for a landscaping job, where do you search? How can you find out about lawn care jobs hiring near you?
If you talk to landscape company owners, many will tell you that referrals are one of the best sources of new employees. In other words, someone already working in the business tells a friend or family member about a job opening. Do you know anyone currently working in the green industry? If so, talk to them about their jobs and find out if the companies they work for are hiring. This can be a great inroad to future employment in the landscaping industry.
Searching online for jobs is how most people today look for employment. There are many job posting websites specifically for this purpose, including Glassdoor.com, Monster.com and Indeed.com. Finding landscaping jobs online can be overwhelming because you’ll find many lawn service jobs available. We recommend narrowing your search by location and job type, if possible. For example, “Landscaping jobs in Lewisville, Flower Mound and Highland Village, TX.”
While you’re searching online for jobs, be sure to check out the companies reviews on Google My Business and Facebook. And, speaking of Facebook, social media searches for landscaping jobs can also produce some leads. Social media is also a great way to find out what it’s like to work at a company—the type of people they employ, whether the company is active in the community, and what types of projects and services they offer. Be sure to review landscape companies’ websites. Read their blogs and get to know their background. This can help you make a more informed decision to narrow down your search for a landscape job.
Some landscape companies will hold job fairs where they share information about their businesses and provide opportunities on-site to apply and interview for open positions. These fairs and open houses are a great way to get to know a landscape company and actually see their operations.
Before any job interview, spend time to understand the job you are applying for and what the skills and training the position requires. Consider your strengths and career background and why you make a good fit for the landscaping job. (Hint: The employer might ask you this question, so might as well prepare!)
Also, research the landscape company and learn about the business. Spend some time on the company website and its social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. How long has the landscaping company been in business? What types of properties do they serve, and what is the company’s mission? Get a feel for whether their values align with yours.
Talk to others who work at the landscape company, if possible. If you don’t know anyone inside the organization, find out what employees are talking about on social media. For example, you might find comments about a company barbecue or insights from their work in the field.
Prepare responses to common interview questions. Be ready to talk about why you are interested in the landscaping job, and your strengths and weaknesses. What do you enjoy about working outdoors? The employer will probably ask when you are available to work, so go in knowing your schedule.
Also, prepare some questions to ask during the interview. Some examples: What else does the job require? What is the work culture like? What career paths are possible at the landscaping company? What skills will I need to build to move up to the next level? Do you provide training? How do you evaluate performance? Will you provide a uniform or am I responsible for purchasing appropriate clothing and shoes?
Finally, show your professionalism by dressing neatly and presenting yourself in the best way possible. Sure, there is “dirty work” involved in some landscaping jobs, but your future employer wants to know that you value the opportunity and will represent the company in a positive light.
There are lots of landscaping companies out there, and maybe you’ve worked at one (or several) of them. If so, you know that there is a real difference between being on a crew at a landscape company that’s focused on its people and one that just wants you to mow, blow and go. So, how do you find the best landscaping company to work for in the Flower Mound and Highland Village, TX area? Here are some qualities to look for:
You can expect to make $15 to $20 per hour as a lawn care technician, and a bit more if you advance to a crew leader position. Account managers can earn a salary of $40,000 to $60,000 per year, depending on their level of experience. And, a field operations manager will make $45,000 to $65,000 annually
There are busy and slow seasons, but a professional landscape company will offer steady employment you can depend on.
Find out if the landscaping company offers paid time off and paid company holidays. Will you be required to purchase your uniform, or will the company provide it? (This can be an unexpected cost that take a chunk away from your first paycheck.) Are there annual bonus opportunities? Also ask about about company-sponsored health insurance.
Training is critical for a number of reasons. For one, training helps keep you safe on the job—safety is No. 1. Also, ongoing training keeps skills sharp and allows you to gain knowledge so you can develop and advance your career.
A family-owned business that aims to be the best landscaping company to work for by offering great benefits, competitive pay, career advancement and a fun, rewarding work environment.
People come first at Grassperson—a family-owned business that aims to be the best landscaping company to work for by offering great benefits, competitive pay, career advancement and a fun, rewarding work environment.
We don’t just talk about these benefits, we walk the talk. Just ask any of our team members what it’s like to come to work every day—and how they feel when they walk away from a customer’s property, knowing it looks better than when they showed up. Read our culture blog and get to know our people and why they joined Grassperson. Some of our team members started their landscaping careers here after leaving a completely different industry. We offer training and mentorship so hard-working people who want to develop a landscaping career can learn and grow here.
We are always looking for people with a strong work ethic, great communication skills, attention to detail and desire to deliver quality service. In particular, we are hiring lawn care technicians and irrigation technicians.
Check out our landscaping career opportunities and apply online. We look forward to meeting you!