Supervisor, Landscape

Alabama, United States
Salary Not Specified
Mar 22, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Details

Requisition Number


Home Org Name

Landscape Service

Division Name

Assoc Vice President Facilities

Position Title

Supervisor, Landscape

Job Class Code


Appointment Status


Part-time FTE

Limited Term


Limited Term Length

Job Summary

Oversees, assigns, and trains employees in all aspects of proper and safe landscape techniques in order to maintain and improve University grounds.

Two positions are available

Essential Functions

1. Supervises, leads, and participates in the installation, care, and maintenance of University landscaping. Oversees quality control by inspecting plant care, work sites, and workmanship to ensure that grounds are kept in pristine condition at all times.
2. Plans and prepares job sites across campus for the installation and maintenance of landscaping. Ensures that projects and duties are carried out in a safe, productive, and professional manner.
3. Oversees and performs a variety of technical landscape-related duties on University grounds including, but not limited to, proper plant placement and annual bed installation, pesticide application, tree care, grading and erosion control, tree, plant, and shrub pruning, basic irrigation repairs, and seasonal color maintenance.
4. Creates, approves, and/or implements landscape designs, schedules, purchases, and plant selection for various sites throughout campus. Identifies areas for landscaping improvements and corrects any aesthetic-related issues.
5. Ensures that University grounds, streets, and parking lots are kept free of dirt, leaves, trash, and other debris through the use and maintenance of litter control equipment.
6. Plans and oversees the safety and equipment training, scheduline, and development of assigned staff. Responsible for maintaining records of work orders, purchases, activities, time, and schedules. Gathers metrics and provides reports.
7. Coordinates landscape plans and activities with the Office of University Architect, project managers, outside contractors, utility personnel, and other landscape personnel. Communicates with others to keep them informed of work progress, provide project support, and answer detailed inquiries.
8. Oversees proper moisture, soil, sun, shade, chemical, and seasonal needs to ensure the health and care of plants.
9. Serves as subject matter expert in identifying, diagnosing, and treating plant disease, pests, drought stress, and other plant needs. Oversees pesticide equipment, sprayers, and fertilizer spreaders. Reads and interprets pesticide labels and applies pesticides according to label recommendations.
10. Maintains fleet and tool inventory. Oversees the safe operation, maintenance, and repair of various landscaping equipment such as backhoes, tractors and implements, specialized mowers, and various heavy equipment, hand tools, and power tools.
11. May work outside of normal operating hours and days to manage special events, emergencies, and inclement weather.
12. May be responsible for meeting and maintaining training and certification requirements as outlined by the applicable department’s training and credentialing requirements. May perform other landscape-related duties as assigned.

Education Level

Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution

Field of Study

Horticulture, landscape architecture, agronomy, or related field.

Years of Experience


Area of Experience

Experience of progressively technical groundskeeping operations. Must include 2 years of supervision, leadership, or mentoring employees in this field.

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Education Level

When a candidate has the required experience, but lacks the required education, they may normally apply additional relevant experience toward the education requirement, at a rate of two (2) years relevant experience per year of required education.

Field of Study

Years of Experience

Indicated experience is required; no substitutions allowed.

Area of Experience

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Minimum Skills and Abilities

Strong knowledge of landscape design and proper plant selection, planting techniques, and seasonal maintenance. Expert knowledge of plant materials and care including the ability to identify various types of plants, plant materials, and soil types. Strong knowledge of the various types and proper applications of herbicides, fertilizers, and related chemicals. Knowledge of proper safety training and procedures.

Minimum Technology Skills

Minimum License and Certifications

Valid Driver’s License required and Ornamental & Turf Pest Control – Supervisor ( OTPS ) or equivalent state pesticide license. If pesticide license is obtained in another state, the OTPS must be obtained in the first 6 months of employment.

Desired Qualifications

Salary Grade


Salary Range

$39,300 - $65,500

Job Category

Building/Grounds Maintenance

Working Hours if Non-Traditional

List any hazardous conditions or physical demands required by this position

Posting Date


Closing Date


EEO Statement

A commitment to an inclusive and diverse campus environment is required. Women, underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION / EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER . It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

Special Instructions to Applicants

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Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Other
Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How were you made aware of this opportunity?
    • AU Employment website
    • Employment websites (Indeed, HigherEd Jobs, etc.)
    • Veterans Assistance Services
    • Disability Assistance Services
    • Newspaper
    • Professional Journal
    • Listserv
    • HR email
    • Social Media
    • State Employment Service
    • Walk-in
    • Other
  2. * Please select the answer that best describes your current employment relationship with Auburn University.
    • Not a current Auburn employee
    • Current Auburn employee in position less than one year
    • Current Auburn employee in position more than one year
  3. * Do you have a Bachelor's degree in horticulture, landscape architecture, agronomy, or related field, OR 8 years of experience to use in lieu of a degree?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have 6 years of experience in progressively technical groundskeeping operations, including 2 years of supervision, leadership, or mentoring employees in this field?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have an Ornamental & Turf Pest Control - Supervisor (OTPS) or equivalent state pesticide license? If pesticide license is obtained in another state, the OTPS must be obtained in the first 6 months of employment.
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have a valid driver's license or the ability to obtain one prior to selection?
    • Yes
    • No

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