Landscape managers play an important role in beautifying the scenery in private gardens, natural parks, sports centers, golf courses, as well as the interior of residential and commercial buildings. They oversee the work of landscape architects, who are primarily responsible for creating scenery concepts. If you are creative and good at managing projects, this is a career that could suit you.
What Do Landscape Managers Do?
The duties of landscape managers include:
- Discussing with clients to identify their landscaping objectives and advise them on suitable landscapes
- Managing landscape construction projects – This involves scheduling activities and supervising landscape architects and other landscape crew
- Overseeing the purchase of landscape materials and coordinating their delivery to work sites
- Collaborating with construction surveyors to identify the existence of natural objects, such as plants
- Overseeing the maintenance or conservation of existing landscapes.
- Ensuring projects are completed within the set timeframe and allocated budget
Landscape managers work a total of 37 hours a week. This includes evening and weekend work. Although they have offices, landscape managers spend most of the work hours in project sites supervising operations.
Landscape managers overseeing several projects in distant cities or towns may spend some time away from their families.
The yearly salary for landscape managers is:
Graduate landscape managers
£20,000 - £25,000
Experienced landscape managers
£25,00 - £40,000
Source: National Careers Service
The road to becoming a landscape manager is quite clear and straightforward. Your entry options include:
- Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture – The degree must be accredited by the Landscape Institute
- Pursing an accredited postgraduate course – This option is suitable for individuals with a degree and relevant work experience.
To be accepted into a degree program, you should have two A levels in geography and any other natural science subjects. GSCEs in math, English and science are also crucial.
After completing your studies, you can join the LI as an associate member and begin hunting for a job.
The following competencies are fundamental to the success of landscape managers:
- An eye for art
- A high level of creativity
- Good project management skills
- Good administrative skills
- Good teamwork skills
- Communication skills
- The ability to interpret technical landscape designs
- Analytical skills
After getting a job, you should work toward being chartered member of the LI to enhance your career advancement prospects. To obtain this membership you must:
- Have at least two years of supervised work experience
- Undergo mentorship by a chartered LI member
- Have your work regularly reviewed by a ‘Pathway to Chartership’ supervisor
- Pass an oral exam
Once you gain full chartership, the LI requires you to complete at least 20 hours of continuing professional development annually.
You could also:
- Pursue a Level 3 Diploma in Work-Based Environmental Conservation
- Pursue a NVQ Level 4 in Amenity Horticulture Management
- Secure membership in the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.
Qualified landscape managers can be hired by:
- Local authorities
- Firms that provide landscaping services
- Engineering and architectural firms
- Building and construction companies
- Power supply companies
- Hotels and resorts
After gaining vast work experience, you could secure a senior management position, or venture into self-employment by establishing your own consulting company.
Finally, between 2014 and 2020, there will be about 180,000 new jobs in the UK’s public and media industry, under which the National Careers Service categorizes landscape managers. So if you have an interest in maintaining beautiful indoor and outdoor environments, there will be plenty of jobs for you!