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8255 – Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services

Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services supervise and co-ordinate the activities of workers in the following unit groups: Nursery and greenhouse workers (8432) and Landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers (8612). They are employed by landscaping companies, cemeteries, lawn care and tree service companies, nurseries and greenhouses and by landscaping operations of public works departments and private establishments. Contractors may be self-employed.

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Example titles

  • Greenhouse supervisor
  • Grounds maintenance contractor
  • Groundskeeping supervisor
  • Horticulture workers supervisor
  • Interior plantscaping contractor
  • Landscaping contractor
  • Landscaping foreman/woman
  • Landscaping supervisor
  • Lawn care contractor
  • Nursery foreman/woman
  • Park maintenance supervisor
  • Tree service contractor

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Supervise and co-ordinate the activities of workers who maintain lawns, gardens, athletic fields, golf courses, cemeteries, parks, interior plantscapes and other landscaped areas
  • Tender bids on contracts for landscaping and grounds maintenance work
  • Plan and estimate the materials and labour requirements for individual contracts
  • Organize the planting and maintenance of trees, gardens, lawns, shrubs and hedges and the construction and installation of fences, decks, patios, walkways and retaining walls
  • Establish work schedules and procedures and co-ordinate activities with other work units
  • Resolve work-related problems and prepare and submit progress and other reports
  • Requisition supplies and materials
  • Maintain financial and personnel records
  • Hire staff and train workers in job duties and company policies
  • May manage operations of own company
  • May provide snow removal services during winter months
  • May perform the same duties as workers supervised.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • A college diploma, specialized courses or industry-related training and certification in landscaping and horticulture are usually required.
  • Experience as a landscape or horticulture supervisor or as a landscape or horticulture technician is required.
  • Experience in the type of work supervised is required.
  • A provincial licence to apply chemical fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides and pesticides may be required.

Exclusions

  • Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews (7302)
  • Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers (7205)
  • Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists (2225)
  • Landscape architects (2152)
  • Managers in agriculture (0821)
  • Managers in horticulture (0822)

Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
8 - Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations
Skill level
2 - Occupations usually require college education, specialized training or apprenticeship training
Major group
82 - Supervisors and technical occupations in natural resources, agriculture and related production
Minor group
825 - Contractors and supervisors, agriculture, horticulture and related operations and services
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2016
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