Tired of working in a dark, stale office? Interested in working outdoors in the sunshine and fresh air? Looking for each day to have enough variation to make it interesting and engaging rather than boring and mundane?
A job in landscaping can keep you from being tied to a desk all day and appeal to those who like the feeling of dirt in their hands and the sun’s warmth as they work with customers who value their landscapes in the great outdoors.
Even better, there are some key positions in landscaping that have longevity and provide tremendous opportunities for career advancement that don’t involve as great a percentage of physical labor. This way you get to enjoy the best of three worlds: the outdoors, client interaction and people management—all relating to the main thing you love, which is landscaping.
Two of these key positions are account manager and branch manager.
Wanted: Account Managers
An account manager is a jack of all trades when dealing with people. In some companies, account managers are focused 100% on sales and talking with clients, while an operations manager handles crew direction. At Native Land Design, account managers talk to clients and crew members to eliminate the middle man and smooth the flow of information from gathering data on what the client wants to going straight to the crew and giving them their marching orders.
This shortens the chain of communication, but does make the account manager a challenging position to fill because it requires that person who can sell and discuss options with clients by walking into a homeowners’ association meeting or board room and then turn around and give appropriate instruction to the crews so nothing is missed.
Salary values range and are dependent upon your experience and region in Texas, but they can be higher than you might think! Also, you can make commission on sales, and at Native they receive health insurance, 401K benefits, car allowances, reimbursements on business expenses, educational opportunities and bonuses and more!
As account managers grow their portfolios and show they can manage more customers and crews, they are rewarded with larger salaries and commissions that grow with their positions.
Are you a people person who loves this idea but feels like you don’t have the technical landscape background? Many companies will hire for the right attitude and personality and then train them on the technical skills.
Wanted: Branch Managers
A branch manager position is the next level up from an account manager. A branch manager must have the ability to do budgets, hire and fire employees and set goals for people and hold them accountable, maintaining the systems they put in place. They make sure people do their jobs and inspect properties to ensure the work is getting done as promised. Basically, a branch manager is essentially a small business owner.
Branch managers have tremendous flexibility and they change gears often—from sales to management to finance—throughout the day so the job is never boring. At the same time, the job is a complex and busy one, so staying organized, having great time management skills and being a good communicator is crucial.
Branches for Texas companies like Native Land Design become viable at $2.5 to $3 million, and they can go upwards of $6 to $8 million. Because of the high level of responsibility involved in leading and growing people and dollars in a branch, you want to have at least seven years of experience in a professional commercial landscape company to become a branch manager, as well as positivity, an entrepreneurial spirit and a natural go-getter instinct.
Branch managers in Texas can make a base salary of $65,000 to $110,000 with profit sharing in various amounts, typically from $8,000 to $40,000!
Ready To Get Started?
Interested in Texas-based landscape manager jobs? Native Land Design is looking for someone like you.
Call us at 512-918-2270 or fill out our contact form online to inquire about our account manager and branch job openings to see if they could be the right fit for you.