“The grass IS greener (and weed-free) over here.”
Our Lawn Care / Fertilization Technicians and Crew Leaders have a passion for detail, enjoy seeing the fruits of their labor, and appreciate lush, healthy, pest-free turf. Being part of a Lawn Care/Fertilization Crew is a great career for someone who loves the outdoors, likes to move quickly, and work as part of a team while providing excellent customer service to our clients. Our clients include residential properties, commercial office/shopping centers, and sports fields like Bulls Field in New Milford, CT.
What Do You Need to be a Fertilization Technician or Crew Leader?
A valid state-issued driver’s license, the ability to legally work in the U.S, and be 18 years of age or over are mandatory.
Like most of our positions, the majority of your day during the busy Spring/Summer/Fall Season’s will be outside. It helps to really appreciate and respect the outdoors.
Attention to detail, positive attitude, willingness to learn, and the ability to make sound judgment decisions regarding safety of yourself, client property, and equipment during daily tasks is critical. Our Landscape Industry Certified staff will train you in the field, at the shop, and in conjunction with any National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) sanctioned training events and certification programs.
Additional state-issued licenses and certifications are required to apply some of the materials we use and will be obtained through your course of employment if you do not already have them.
What Does a Fertilization Technician or Crew Leader Do on a Daily Basis?
Fertilization Crew members are responsible primarily for the health of turf grass on residential and commercial properties. They begin the day by receiving their daily assignments from the Operations Team and/or Landscape Consultant. After inspecting, fueling, and loading the appropriate equipment and materials into their assigned vehicle, Construction/Enhancement Crew members will first inspect the property for obstructions, wet areas, and other hazards that could make material application dangerous or ineffective. Lawn Care /Fertilization Crew members will carefully obtain soil samples for lab analysis, perform visual inspections for unwanted plants or harmful insects, and apply the prescribed materials and record all work performed. Upon completion, crew members will clean up and place appropriate signage on the property indicating materials applied and time/date in accordance with federal and local laws. Lawn Care /Fertilization Crew Members may also be asked to assist Estate Management, Mow, and Construction/Enhancement Crews and their normal tasks depending on seasonal demands, client request volume, and staffing needs.
What Is the Difference Between A Technician and Crew Leader?
Technicians are crew members that do not serve in a supervisory role. They receive job development from our experienced staff members that include other Technicians, Crew Leaders, Operations Manager(s) in accordance with in-house standards as well as those established by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) Landscape Industry Certified programs. All field staff hires, regardless of past experience begin in this capacity and will work alongside an experienced Crew Leader for the day’s assignments.
Crew Leaders are field-level working managers. They are responsible for the safety, quality of work, and efficiency of their crews. A Crew Leader will generally be working side-by-side with all members of his/her team as they complete assignments and will delegate responsibilities to ensure efficient operations. Crew Leaders must be amazing communicators as they are are tasked with knowing and sharing all specifications of each job. A Crew Leader must also develop and make time for training throughout the day that ensures his or her teammates are able to perform their expected duties at a proficient level before allowing them to use equipment without close supervision. Safety is a shared and universal responsibility of every YardScapes employee yet a Crew Leader will monitor all things that can present issues of safety for all crew members, client property, and equipment. They are expected to check the safe operating condition of all equipment at the beginning of the work day, during the course of, and before turning it in. In addition, they should have amazing situational awareness skills and make sound judgement calls in regards to performing work during inclement weather conditions and consider other environmental factors which could negate the safe and effective execution of assigned duties. Being a Crew Leader is a great position for someone who likes to manage and motivate others to perform at their best.
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