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Lawn Care Job Description: Free Template (And How to Use It)

May 12, 2022 9 min. read

Your lawn care business can attract qualified candidates, save time in the hiring process, and hire employees that stay with a detailed and accurate lawn care job description.

We’ve created a guide to writing a lawn care worker job description that attracts the right hires for your business—and a free template you can use to build your own job description.

1. Use a lawn care job description template

A template can make it easier to write your job description, save you time, and keep your job descriptions consistent every time you need to hire.

Use a job description template that’s easy to edit and fill out with your role-specific information. Our lawn care job description template has all the sections we’ve listed in this article.

Here’s an example of a fictional job description that was made using a template:

2. Write a summary of the position

Name and describe the position you’re hiring for in one to two sentences, without listing day-to-day job duties. Give job seekers a basic idea of the kind of work they can expect and why you need someone in this role.

Your position summary should answer these questions:

  • What’s the title of the position?
  • What’s the seniority level of this position?
  • Is this a new role?
  • Who will this person report to?
  • What do you want the role to help you achieve over the next six to 12 months?

After reading your position summary, job seekers should instantly know if this is the position they’re looking for.

3. Describe your ideal candidate

After the position summary, write a quick description of the behaviors and personality traits you’re looking for in a candidate.

These are the characteristics that make you and your current employees successful—and will help applicants decide if they’re a good fit for the role and the team.

Use these questions to write your ideal candidate profile:

  • What personality traits are absolutely necessary for someone to join your team?
  • What three words would you use to describe your current employees (e.g., supportive, focused, compassionate, motivated)?
  • What characteristics are so important to you that they outweigh a lack of experience?

Describe the kind of person you’d be willing to train and teach, not just a perfectly qualified candidate.

After all, you can teach technical skills, but an employee with a great work ethic and personality can be hard to find.

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4. List the job’s responsibilities

Write a bullet point list that covers your new employee’s day-to-day duties and long-term responsibilities. This shows candidates what they can expect from the role.

To write a list of job responsibilities, answer these questions:

  • How many visits will you expect the employee to complete each day or each week?
  • What types of lawn maintenance or landscaping services will they need to complete?
  • What kind of equipment will they need to operate (e.g., tractors, chainsaws, power tools)?
  • Will the person be responsible for scheduling new jobs, creating quotes, or invoicing clients?
  • Will they be handling customer interactions face to face or over the phone?

Examples of lawn care duties and responsibilities

  • Use lawn mowers, sod cutters, and other tools to trim grass and edge lawn areas
  • Seed lawns and apply fertilizer, herbicides, and insecticides to residential lawns
  • Maintain and water plants and underlying soil on customers’ lawns
  • Operate leaf blowers and gather leaves and hedge trimmings for removal
  • Use pruners and trimmers to maintain shrubs, trees, and other foliage
  • Assess potential customers’ lawns and make recommendations
  • Work outdoors in changing weather conditions

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5. List the qualifications your employee needs

Add a list of skills and experience that your candidates need to qualify for the job. This helps you filter out job seekers who aren’t suited for the position.

Here are some qualifications you might require for a lawn care worker:

  • Previous turf or lawn maintenance experience
  • Experience working in a mobile service environment
  • Certifications or training in field service
  • Experience with specific equipment or chemicals
  • A high school diploma or equivalent
  • A valid driver’s license and clean driving record

Tell applicants if they’ll also need to go through screening before they’re employed. This could include a drug test, driving record, criminal background, or reference check.

Examples of lawn care specialist qualifications

  • Able to lift and carry loads of 50 lbs
  • Able to work in all weather conditions
  • Possess a full driver’s license
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Self-motivated and willing to learn
  • Strong work ethic and positive attitude
  • Able to work independently
  • Enjoys working outdoors

6. Add a list of preferred or optional skills

Candidates with bonus skills and experience can strengthen your team and let you expand your lawn care services. Adding optional skills can also help you narrow down your search if your job posting brings in a big list of applicants.

In your lawn care job description, add a section for Preferred Skills or Optional Skills such as:

  • Landscaping experience
  • A background in horticulture or agriculture
  • Experience as an arborist or forester
  • Experience maintaining gardens and flower beds

Or, you could include these in your larger list of requirements and make it clear that they’re not required. For example:

  • Experience with landscaping is preferred
  • A background in horticulture is an asset

READ MORE: Use this landscaping services list to quote faster

7. List your work hours and wage range

Tell your applicants exactly what hours they can expect to work. Being up-front about your employee’s expected work schedule will ensure you only attract candidates who can work when you need them.

Then, post the wage or salary range you’re willing to offer. For 67% of job seekers, salary is the most important information they want to see in a job posting.

Your lawn care job description should include:

  • Whether the job is full-time or part-time
  • Whether it’s permanent, temporary, or seasonal
  • Number of hours per week
  • A range or exact number they can expect for hourly wage or salary
  • Whether you offer an employee bonus program or other incentives
  • Benefits like paid time off, health insurance, or a retirement savings plan

8. Explain why your company is a great place to work

In your job description, tell applicants how your company creates a positive work environment. You need to make a strong case for your company so it can stand out from other job postings and attract the applicants you want.

Your company overview should answer these questions:

  • When and why did you start this business?
  • What’s your mission statement?
  • How do you describe your company culture?
  • What makes the work fulfilling for your employees? (Ask your employees for input here!)
  • What makes your employees stay?
  • What perks do you offer?
  • What long-term professional development opportunities are available for your employees?

Once you write this section, save it and add it to the end of all your future postings.

READ MORE: How to build a business where employees want to work

9. Tell job seekers how to apply

Give clear instructions on how people can apply to your lawn care job posting. The easier it is to understand the application process, the faster job seekers will apply—and you’ll find your new hire faster.

Some employers prefer to receive resumes by email. Others use Indeed, Monster, or other job boards that let candidates apply through online forms.

If you’re not using one of these platforms (which usually have an “Apply” button), write your application instructions and deadline in a separate How to Apply section.

Pro Tip: Use your admin email address or create a separate email address for job applications (e.g., [email protected]). This will help keep your inbox organized, and all your job applications in one place.

What lawn care job title should I use?

Lawn Care Specialist and Lawn Care Worker are the most common job titles for lawn care field workers. People looking for these roles can expect to do mowing, fertilizing, mulching, weeding, trimming, and pruning.

There are also Lawn Care and Snow Removal Specialists. They work for businesses that offer snow removal in the winter.

If you’re hiring someone to perform lawn care and landscaping work, you can use Landscape Laborer as a job title.

READ MORE: How to hire lawn care employees and landscapers: 5 steps

Write your job description and attract great hires

It’s easier to attract someone who’s a great fit for your team when you write a lawn care job description that’s accurate, professional, and sets expectations clearly.

You’ll know you wrote a high-quality job posting when you start interviewing and hiring fantastic candidates.

Originally published April 2017. Last updated on May 12, 2022.

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