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Landscape Foreman

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CLASSIFICATION PURPOSE

This non-exempt position is responsible for performing a variety of operational tasks involving landscape installation, equipment operation, and site management; perform related work as required.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The examples of functions listed in this job description are representative, but not necessarily exhaustive, of any one position in this job classification. Management may assign other functions not listed herein at its sole discretion.

Performs landscape enhancement functions (e.g., irrigation, drainage, horticulture, hardscape, pavers, grading); uses hand tools (e.g., pick, shovel), complex tools (e.g., survey), powered equipment (e.g., saws, drills, compactor and aerator), and vehicle equipment (e.g., Skid Steer, Mini Excavator); attends safety meetings; leads the work activities of a full crew; makes order requests; reads elevations and programs controllers; knows Dig Safe procedures;; demonstrates strong horticulture knowledge; installs low voltage wiring; schedules equipment; interprets all aspects of landscape plans; meets with vendors and subcontractors; demonstrates full knowledge of multiple trades and installation; applies fertilizer; role models PPE usage; ensures job site is safe; completes administrative duties (e.g., crew time cards, signs for plant delivery, equipment inventory, punch lists) on time; performs Winter Service (e.g., snow clearing, snow plowing, shoveling, salting) as needed; reads prints and landscape plans; completes assignments within labor goals without sacrificing job quality; conducts inventory and service sheets; understands job budget, budget hours, and costs; drives crew to/from work sites; documents safety and/or job issues using a camera phone; completes assignments within labor goals while ensuring all job quality performance expectations are met in accordance with company standards; attends walk-throughs; maintains tools and equipment; conducts safety audits; complies with all company policies and safety procedures; works effectively in a group; takes direction and follows instructions; properly prepares soil and installs annual color, plants, and trees; understands priorities for various jobs including how to approach job responsibilities; reports issues (e.g., irrigation, safety, equipment) to supervisor; and provides excellent service (e.g., accurate, complete, and timely) to clients, work-site partners, and company staff in a courteous and efficient manner.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND COMPETENCIES

Knowledge Areas: Safe work practices involving equipment, chemicals, and tools; landscape installation procedures (e,g., grading, pavers, hardscape); proper watering techniques and plant care; basic mathematics; common and botanical names of 50 local plants (e.g., bedding flowers, ground cover, shrubs, perennials, trees, ferns); common names of 15 frequently seen weeds, common diseases, and pests; soil preparation and conditioning; administrative procedures (e.g., time cards, ordering, deliveries, equipment inventory, punch lists); reads prints, landscape plans and elevations; irrigation fundamentals (e.g., valves, pipe, solenoid); basic coaching; snow procedures; job sequencing (e.g., yard departure, job efficiency, yard arrival); job quality standards; routine maintenance procedures (e.g., cleaning, weeding, planting, irrigation, and watering); PPE; Dig Safe; landscape plans, elevations, and controllers; CPR and first aid; low voltage wiring; equipment scheduling; soils reports; project management; and customer service objectives, norms, and strategies.

Skills: Use hand tools (e.g., shovel, rake), equipment (e.g., string trimmers, compactor, excavators), and fertilizer properly and safely; communicate and work effectively with others; time management; use all PPE as required; prune trees; plant various types of vegetation (e.g., trees, shrubs, and ground cover) properly; work independently; lead a single work crew; reads prints, landscape plans, and elevations; complete snow procedures; remain organized; basic principles of irrigation systems; perform routine maintenance procedures (e.g., cleaning, weeding, planting, irrigation, and watering); follow directions; install low voltage wiring; schedule equipment; demonstrate time management; remain organized; apply Dig Safe procedures; complete administrative forms (e.g., time cards, equipment inventory, order requests); project management; budgetary skills and time management; and provide excellent customer service by ensuring clients’ needs are fulfilled in an accurate, complete, and timely fashion by demonstrating courtesy, efficiency, and professionalism.

Competencies

  • Safety: Operates and maintains tools and equipment to ensure safety; attends safety meetings; wears proper PPE; wears seat belt when traveling in a company vehicle; demonstrates proper lifting procedures; performs all safety inspections; ensures compliance with all safety policies/reporting procedures.
  • Results Oriented: Maintains focus on outcomes; is proactive and goal oriented; concentrates on meeting objectives, delivering to the required time, cost and quality; holds performance as more important than process; sets specific, measurable and company-relevant goals and takes efficient action to accomplish success.
  • Field Operations Management: Manages all materials at the job site (e.g., preparation, planting, clean-up); handles chemicals (e.g., fertilizer, containers, SDS) properly; monitors irrigation controllers; understands proper pest and weed control methods.
  • Job Quality: Understands the relationship between job quality and customer service, satisfaction, and retention; ensures landscape and horticulture quality standards are met for every job.
  • Installation: Demonstrates full knowledge of multiple trades including horticulture, hardscape, and low-voltage lighting; reads prints, landscape plans and elevations accurately; equipment operation; understands patterns and layout; can survey for grade changes.
  • Customer Service: Consistently exceeds customer expectations; keeps customers well-informed, listens to them attentively, and addresses their concerns; enacts a personal approach to customer service.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Treats others with respect, collaboration, and support in such a way that work relationships are improved and morale is increased; has effective communication skills.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

An example of the preferred education, training, and/or experience that demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, and competencies for this position includes: at least five (5) years of professional landscape and grounds management experience similar to that described above.

ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

The physical characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the functions required by this job classification. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable an individual with qualified disabilities to perform the functions of this job classification, on a case-by-case basis.

Frequently stand, walk, or crouch on narrow and/or slippery surfaces; stoop, kneel, bend to pick up or move objects; walk for long distances and on sloped ground and uneven surfaces; move, lift, and carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds; normal manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination; corrected hearing and vision to normal range.

SPECIAL NOTES, LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS

Pre-employment: Incumbents must sign the Confidentiality, Non-disclosure, and Non-solicitation Agreement prior to their first day on the job.

License: A valid Illinois driver’s license, which must be maintained throughout employment in this job classification, is required at the time of appointment.

Certifications: No certifications are required of this position.

Language: Though not required, bilingual English and Spanish skills are desirable.

Working Conditions: Work is predominately outdoors, exposed to varying temperatures, weather conditions, and noise levels; exposure to dust, pesticides, herbicides, grease, oils, dust, fumes, and electrical currents.

Background Investigation: Incumbents must have a reputation for honesty and trustworthiness. Misdemeanor and/or felony convictions may be disqualifying depending on type, number, severity, and recency. Prior to appointment, candidates may be subject to a background investigation and/or drug test.

Introductory Period: Incumbents appointed to this job classification serve an introductory period of three months.

KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

The Key Performance Indicators for this position will be specified at the time of appointment.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $15.00 - $25.00 per hour

Experience:

  • Landscape Foreman: 1 year (Required)
  • Landscaping: 3 years (Required)

Education:

  • High school or equivalent (Preferred)

Location:

  • Normal, IL 61761 (Preferred)

License:

  • driver's (Preferred)

Language:

  • English (Required)

Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)

Benefits:

  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Paid time off

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