FOREMAN – Eleven to fifteen years gardening experience
To perform the tasks necessary to provide the effective leadership and training of crew members and the best landscape maintenance service possible for the client in an effective and professional manner.
Fulfill all requirements of Advanced Gardener’s job description. Able to read, write and speak English, Zulu and/or Afrikaans. Have a valid driver’s license, an insurable driving record, and qualify to drive company vehicles. Demonstrate the ability to lead and supervise two to five employees and be able to set priorities. Demonstrate ability to train and delegate. Familiar with company’s maintenance program and guidelines. Completed training for the application of chemicals. Be able to manage and supervise assigned crew members. Report any un-resolved problems to Supervisor. Train crew members how to complete job within established time frame. Plan and organize work for crew members on job sites. Initiate and complete all required paperwork within established time frame. Interface with clients when necessary. Enforce all safety policies and procedures. Know how to discipline a crew member for justifiable reasons and initiate proper written warnings where applicable. Set up work truck daily with all supplies and equipment needed to complete the day’s work. Maintain equipment in good operating condition. Completely understand the company’s Maintenance Program and Guidelines. Be certified in CPR and First Aid. Become a Certified Landscape Technician/Maintenance (CLT/M) and Certified Landscape Technician/Irrigation (CLT/I). Attain Qualified Applicators Certificate (QAC). Develop and maintain a highly motivated crew. Encourage the advancement of crew members within training program. Properly complete and process job cards within required time frame. Properly complete, process and communicate all work authorizations. Manage assigned projects practicing effective and efficient water management.
The Foreman must know and be able to use the following techniques:
Know how to work with a Chainsaw. Drive a Truck with a Trailer. Basic Troubleshooting on Power Equipment. Multi-tester. Wire Tracer. Ground Fault Locator. Measuring Wheel. Irrigation controller programming. Recognizing and addressing component problems. Recognizing and documenting potential hazards. Recognizing drainage deficiencies and problem soil. Able to identify by common and botanical name 150 common plants (bedding flowers, ground cover, shrubs/perennials, trees, and palms). Aesthetic pruning. Obtain a Qualified Applicators Certificate (QAC). Able to identify 30 frequently seen weeds. Able to identify 30 frequently seen pests. Calibrating fertilizer application equipment. Basic elements of fertilizer.