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Job Standard for Landscape Manager

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Landscape Manager Overview

  • Work Type: Professional
  • Job Code: 75135
  • Pay Grade: P9
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Career Level:Manager
  • Family: Campus Planning & Facilities
  • Function: Landscape


The position is responsible for planning, design, and upkeep of the university landscape and hardscape. Position is also responsible for the supervision of the day-to-day operational activities of the grounds maintenance staff, including liter control and abatement and snow removal

Level Scope

Spends the majority of time (50% or more) achieving organizational objectives through the coordinated achievements of subordinate staff. Manages experienced professionals who exercise latitude and independence in assignments. Establishes departmental goals and objectives, functions with autonomy. Manages the accountability and stewardship of human, financial, and often physical resources in compliance with departmental and campus wide goals and objectives. Ensures subordinate supervisors and professionals adhere to defined internal controls with a focus on policy and strategy implementation. Manages systems and procedures to protect departmental assets and requires practical knowledge in leading and managing the execution of processes, projects and tactics within one area.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent including 2 years professional relevant experience

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Experience in planning and developing, prioritizing, and managing the variety of activities included in a comprehensive landscaping program.
  • Ability to recruit, hire, direct and motivate a diverse staff of landscaping personnel
  • Extensive technical knowledge and understanding of grounds management and horticulture practices related to Southwest Idaho area. This includes knowledge of all applicable governmental regulations.
  • Effective communication skills, both oral and written
  • Experience leading a large team of individuals conducting labor intensive work
  • Idaho Pesticide Applicator’s license

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Landscape Manager:

  • Plan and schedule work in accordance with seasonal needs, the University calendar, and current weather conditions to assure that established standards for appearance, plant health, cleanliness, and public safety are attained on a daily basis.
  • Develop policies and standards for landscape maintenance on campus.
  • Hire, train, appraise, and motivate an appropriate work force to meet varying seasonal needs.
  • Optimize the utilization of permanent staff, temporary staff, and outside contractors to meet department goals.
  • Inspect assigned work to ensure that standards for work quality, established operating procedures, productivity, and safety practices are being satisfactorily maintained.
  • Stay abreast of any governmental rules and regulations that apply to landscaping activities and ensure that strict compliance is maintained. Purchase and maintain equipment, tools, and supplies to ensure that landscaping staff has the resources available to maximize their productivity.

35% of Time the Landscape Manager

  •   Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Landscape Manager

  •   Perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Some positions may involve frequent bending, moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 50 pounds; some positions may involve moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 70 pounds; standing up to eight hours each day; working in all weather conditions; exposure to high noise levels and require wearing hearing protection.  Occasional use of force enough to shovel snow or dig in soil.  Occasional physical dexterity enough to operate equipment and perform manual landscape labor

Travel Requirement

Not applicable for

Career Path

Additional training/education or equivalent experience, as well as business need, are required for movement into higher level jobs.


Incumbent must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work.  Final employment offers are  contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual.  In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required.