Commercial Landscape Foreman I

Employment Type: FULL_TIMEFull Time

The Opportunity

As Foreman I, you will be responsible for managing crew members, various projects, material and equipment required to produce a high-quality landscape build which is both under budget and completed on time. Snow removal operations during the winter months is required for this position. 


Manage commercial and residential projects ranging in size from $10,000 to $50,000.

Manage Crew(s)

  • Manage staffing needs by hiring qualified candidates.
  • Pre-walk
    • Walk through the project with the Project Manager, Architect and Client to discuss scope, schedule, layout, and possible change orders.
    • Coordinate with the Project Manager to determine the required crew size, materials (irrigation, rock, plant material, sod, mulch, etc.) and equipment necessary to start the project and to maintain the project efficiency.
  • Direct the work of the crew as required to meet the goals established by the Project Manager. When necessary, perform the work of an operator or crew member. 
  • Responsible for training crew members and lead(s) in respect to various irrigation, landscape and safety tasks.
  • Monitor the labor cost analysis weekly and recommend any changes required to stay within budget.
  • Warranty work - respond to repair/replace requests on plant materials that have not met quality standards.
  • Recommend to the Project Manager any discipline required to maintain the performance of a crew member. The Project Manager will conduct any appropriate disciplinary action.
  • In agreement with the Project Manager and Human Resources,  exercise disciplinary action for employees when necessary up to and including termination.
  • Maintain Designscapes Colorado's quality standards throughout the project. 

Materials and Equipment

  • Maintain schedule for each piece of equipment operated. Check all fluid levels to assure they are at the required levels prior to operating any piece of equipment (on or off-site). Fill only with the specified fluids.
  • Ensure proper use of equipment by all employees by training and directing them on the proper use of equipment, its capabilities and limitations (specifically use, weight and volume limitations).
  • Know the skill level of each operator to determine if they are qualified to operate specific equipment. 
  • Maintain accurate records for the hours of use for the equipment on a weekly basis.

Administrative Paperwork

  • Complete timesheets and submit by the established deadline.
  • Submit billing/invoices in a timely manner.
  • Complete daily Driver Inspection Report (DIR).
  • Maintain project folder.
  • Distribute paychecks weekly.


  • Confirm all locates are accurate and up to date by following the policy/procedure of digging around utilities.
  • Maintain safety on the project by verifying that each employee and subcontractor knows the safety practices required by his/her position.
    • Conduct daily safety inspections of the project site and immediately report any hazards to the Superintendent or Project Manager.
    • Immediately report any employee injury to the Superintendent or Project Manager.
  • Perform weekly safety tailgate meetings with all crew members. Safety content to be directed by Project Manager or as suggested by Foreman and crew. 

Snow Removal

  • During winter months when landscaping projects are no longer scheduled, must be available 24/7 to assist in removing snow from various industrial and residential properties and complete.
  • Complete snow removal logs.


Education and Experience

  • High School diploma or equivalent.
  • One (1) or more years of experience in landscape construction or related field preferred.
  • Must have valid driver license and clean MVR.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) required.

Specialized Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of construction techniques.
  • The ability to read and understand blueprints.
  • Knowledge of construction safety practices.
  • Landscape Industry Certified Technician (LICT) and Commercial Driver’s License helpful.
  • Thorough knowledge of the limitations of the specific types of construction equipment.
  • Ability to read and calculate grade stakes.


  • Must possess excellent people skills and demonstrate effective written and verbal communication with Owners, Architects and Clients.
  • Develop and maintain open, two-way communication with all team members.
  • Strong problem solving skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Demonstrates a high level of initiative to improve efficiencies.
  • Builds a strong sense of team work with coworkers.
  • Displays a positive attitude and is courteous to others.
  • Professional in appearance and presentation.
  • Assists in promoting the company to the public in a positive manner.
  • Takes pride in the work performed.
  • Accepts the initiative to take on additional work if necessary.
  • Listens well and follows directions provided.
  • Shows integrity and consistency in all aspects of performing the job.
  • Attends and actively participates in all necessary meetings.
  • Follows “6 Ways to Measure the Success of Any Project” by Ilya Pozin.
  • Understands the estimate and philosophy behind Vander Kooi.

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Activity Rarely Occasionally Frequently Constantly
Balancing     X  
Bending     X  
Carrying   X    
Crawling   X    
Crouching     X  
Eye/Hand/Foot Coordination       X
Hearing       X
Lifting (# of lbs.)     50-75 lbs.  
Pulling     X  
Pushing     X  
Kneeling     X  
Reaching     X  
Repetitive motions     X  
Stooping     X  
Standing     X  
Talking     X  
Walking     X  
Sitting     X  
Working Outside       X

Travel Requirement

  • Type of travel: In company truck
  • Percent of travel: 20%
Driver's License Requirements
  • Must have a valid Driver's License
  • Reason for Driver's License: Drive company vehicle
Work Weather Conditions
Weather Type N/A Rarely Occasionally Frequently Constantly
Extreme cold     Seasonal    
Extreme heat       X  
Temperature changes       X  
Humidity     X    
Wet     X    
Noise       X  
Vibration       X  
Hazards       X  

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, use hands, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, squat and lift objects. May be required to lift and/or move up to 50 to 75 pounds. Must be able to drive during the course of work.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Moderately undesirable working conditions. (i.e. occasional exposure to significant levels of temperature, air pollution, noise pollution, chemical gases and substances; physical trauma conditions of a minor nature such as cuts, bruises and minor burns). The work schedule varies depending on the weather. The position is required to work weekends (Sat/Sun) or late at night. The crew should be flexible with availability depending on the needs of the customers.

The above noted job description is not intended to describe, in detail, the multitude of tasks that may be assigned but rather to
give the associate a general sense of the responsibilities and expectations of is/her position. As the nature of business demands
change so, too, may the essential functions of this position.