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Landscape Manager Profile


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  • Finding Suitable Work as an Landscape Manager
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Landscape Manager Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Landscape managers, also known as countryside and woodlands officers, ecologists, reserve wardens or rights of way officers, are responsible for the care of new and existing landscapes. They deal with the planning of short-term and long-term development of the land, and may advise on alternative uses for land, including the likely effects of each alternative. The types of landscape they deal with include nature conservation areas, historic gardens, city industrial parks, woodland for timber production or recreation, motorway verges, and communal grounds in residential areas.

Much of the practical side of the landscape managers work consists of biological surveys. These involve listing the plants, birds, animals and insects that inhabit a site, the type of soil and the sites drainage, plus the local geography. Landscape managers write management plans, which can be on a short-term maintenance basis as well as longer-term developmental needs.

Landscape managers are also involved in the letting and administration of contracts to manage and maintain the land. Once the contract is awarded, they go out on site to supervise the contractors, volunteers and others who carry out the work on the ground.

Landscape managers may also be called to advise in planning applications and public enquiries prior to major construction projects.

They often work with other professionals such as landscape architects and landscape scientists.

Hours and Environment

Hours of work can be long and irregular, with evening and weekend work common.

Landscape managers work outdoors in all weathers for much of the time. The work can be physically demanding with a lot of walking, and possibly climbing. Some time is spent indoors dealing with administrative tasks or attending meetings.

Those who work in the private sector may spend a lot of time travelling to sites. They may occasionally have to stay away from home. A driving licence is usually necessary.

Skills and Interests

To work as a landscape manager, you should:

  • have an interest in conservation and the environment
  • have organisational skills and a practical approach to work
  • have creative ability
  • be physically fit for outdoor work
  • have an understanding of environmental and countryside law
  • be able to lead and manage others
  • have good spoken and written communication skills
  • be able to negotiate
  • be capable of working alone and in a team
  • have business and financial skills.


You will normally need a first degree or postgraduate qualification. Relevant degree subjects include land management, countryside management and environmental management. These are often combined with other disciplines such as agriculture or business studies.

Some employers may accept qualifications such as BTEC HNCs/HNDs in landscaping, landscape management or countryside management. It may be possible to work as a landscape assistant and study towards a degree while in employment.

Entry qualifications for a HNC/HND are four GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) plus one A level/two Highers. To get onto a degree course, you need at least two A levels/three Highers plus five GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3). A level/H grade subjects such as biology, environmental science, geography and maths are most relevant. Equivalent qualifications may be accepted.

For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
An Access to Higher Education qualification may also be accepted for entry to certain courses. If experienced in a related field, you may be able to gain recognition of skills through Accredited Prior Learning (APL). Please check with colleges or universities for exact entry requirements.

Postgraduate courses in environmental science, biology, geography, land-based sciences, planning, social science, landscape design, soil science, forestry, engineering, agriculture or ecology are suitable to enter the profession. Candidates usually need at least nine months relevant practical experience.


Training is normally on-the-job.

Associate membership of the Landscape Institute (LI) is open to those who have completed an accredited degree or postgraduate qualification. Contact LI for details of accredited courses.

To become a fully qualified Member of the LI (MLI) and a Chartered Landscape Architect, two years of approved work experience as an Associate Member is required. A written and spoken examination must also be passed.

Landscape managers may work towards NVQs/SVQs in Amenity Horticulture at Level 4 or Environmental Conservation (Landscapes and Ecosystems) at Level 3.

It may be possible to join the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. The Institute has Student, Affiliate and Full Membership grades. Contact the Institute for details.


There are opportunities throughout the UK. Employers include local government and central government departments, and companies involved in building, civil engineering, mining, power supply and land reclamation. Landscape managers may also work for organisations such as The National Trust, National Trust for Scotland and English Nature. Some may work in private practice.

Promotion can be to a senior or management role. Self-employment may be possible on a consultancy basis. There are also opportunities overseas, especially in Europe, the Middle East and the Far East.

Annual Income

This section is intended as a guideline only.

The starting salary for a graduate landscape manager can be between £13,000 to £16,500 a year.
Most qualified managers earn £20,000 or more.
Almost half of all qualified managers earn over £25,000 a year.

Further information

The Landscape Institute
6-8 Barnard Mews
SW11 1QU
Tel: 020 7350 5200

Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management
45 Southgate Street
SO23 9EH
Tel: 01962 868626

Other Useful Landscape Manager Work Information

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