Landscape and Turf Management

Program Pathway

Landscape and Turf Management Diploma

Program Details

Award Diploma
Credits 42
Enrollment Full-time, Part-time
Program Start Fall
Number of Terms 3
Time to Complete 1 year
Course Format Face-to-Face

Suggested Sequence of Study and Cost

Program Courses

Term 1 — Fall
  • Athletic Field Maintenance -OR-
    Principles of Horticulture
  • Equipment Operations
  • Horticulture Safety
  • Introduction to Turfgrass Management
  • Irrigation Systems
  • Landscape Construction
Term 2 — Spring
  • Advanced Turfgrass Management
  • Grounds Maintenance
  • Horticulture Lab
  • Identifying Plant and Landscape Problems
  • Landscape Estimating and Bidding
  • Maintaining Turf and Landscape Equipment
  • Pesticide Application Certification
Term 3 — Summer
  • Current Topics in Hort.
  • Employment Experience

See the Suggested Sequence of Study for the full list of courses, cost, and additional course details.

You have completed the Landscape and Turf Management Diploma program.

Careers

Positions

Careers in landscape and turf management include:

  • Golf course superintendent
  • Sports turf manager
  • Property manager
  • Landscape foreman
  • Grounds maintenance
  • Lawn care technician
  • Equipment and turf product sales positions
  • Irrigation auditors/designers

The program is nationally known for the quality of managers and superintendents. Local, as well as employers from all over the country, regularly hire interns and graduates to fill open positions.

Example Careers and Average Wages

Entry Average Experienced
First-Line Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers $33,500 $48,100 $55,300
Golf Course Superintendents and Turf Managers $93,200* $109,600*
Grounds Maintenance Workers $34,600 $50,700 $58,800
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers $23,000 $32,300 $36,900
Pesticide Handlers, Vegetation Sprayers and Applicators $33,800 $39,200 $41,900

Source: 2021 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development
* Source: 2019 Benefits and Compensation Report, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America

Employers

The following is a partial list of employers who have hired graduates from this program:

Business Location
Bear Creek Landscapes Cedar Falls, IA
Beaver Hills Country Club Cedar Falls, IA
City of Cedar Falls Cedar Falls, IA
Elmcrest Country Club Cedar Rapids, IA
Iowa Cubs Des Moines, IA
Matthias Landscaping Co. Cedar Falls, IA
Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, MN
Sunnyside Country Club Waterloo, IA
Wapsie Pines Lawn Care & Landscaping Dunkerton, IA
Waterloo Leisure Services Waterloo, IA

State of the Industry

There is currently a large labor gap in the landscape and turf management industry, particularly in the well-paying management and foreman roles.

Golf courses and athletic facilities of all levels, including the professional level, are finding it difficult to find employees with the technical education to fill leadership positions such as superintendents, assistant superintendents, and sports field managers.

Industry data shows that many currently working in the industry are nearing retirement. This will likely continue to increase the demand for technically skilled workers to take their place.

Program Contacts

Admissions Email Admissions 319-296-4000 Hawkeye Center 114
Academic/College Success Advisor Alex Kissel Email Alex Kissel
Schedule an appointment with Alex Kissel
319-296-4014 ext.1065 Bremer Hall 124
Program Advisor Doug Miller Email Doug Miller 319-296-2329 ext.1366 Bremer Hall 111G
Administrative Assistant Connie Smith Email Connie Smith 319-296-4009 Buchanan Hall 128
Dean Dave Grunklee Email Dave Grunklee 319-296-4042 Butler Hall 131A

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