Landscape and Turf Management



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.


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

Example Careers and Average Wages

Entry Average Experienced
First-Line Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers $31,900 $48,800 $57,200
Golf Course Superintendents and Turf Managers $93,200* $109,600*
Grounds Maintenance Workers $23,800 $42,100 $51,200
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers $21,500 $31,400 $36,400
Pesticide Handlers, Vegetation Sprayers and Applicators $30,700 $37,300 $40,600

Source: 2020 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development
* Source: 2019 Benefits and Compensation Report, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America

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.

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