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Landscape Manager

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Landscape Manager

The Work

Landscape managers give advice on the planning, development and care of new and existing landscapes. They can work in horticulture, estate management, forestry, nature conservation and agriculture,

As a landscape manager you would supervise larger projects carried out by landscape architects. Your duties would typically include:

  • producing plans for the management, maintenance and development of projects
  • assisting with the survey of sites to identify existing plant and animal life and natural resources
  • drawing up contracts and overseeing the tendering process
  • advising on planning applications and public enquiries before major construction projects
  • monitoring and checking work on-site
  • making sure projects meet clients’ time and cost requirements.

You could work on a wide variety of projects in many different locations ranging from public parks, reclaimed industrial sites and housing estates, to new roads and motorways.

Hours and Environment

You would usually work 37 hours, five days a week, but these could be irregular and include evenings and weekends.

You would be office-based, but would travel to inspect sites and meet clients. Depending on the geographical area covered by your organisation, you may need to spend periods away from home.

Skills and Interests

  • concern for the environment
  • an understanding of conservation issues
  • organisational skills
  • creative and practical skills
  • the ability to lead and manage others
  • good spoken and written communication skills
  • good negotiation skills
  • the ability to work alone and in a team
  • business and financial skills.


You can prepare for a career as a landscape manager by taking one of the following:

  • a degree in landscape architecture accredited by the Landscape Institute (LI), the professional body for chartered landscape architects, or
  • an accredited postgraduate course (if you already have a degree or substantial experience in a related subject).

To get on to a degree course you will usually need:

  • two A levels (subjects such as geography and natural sciences are particularly relevant), and
  • GCSEs including English and either maths or science.

Check with course providers for exact entry details because alternative qualifications (such as an Access to Higher Education course) and relevant work experience may also be considered.

When you have completed an accredited course you will be eligible for Licentiate Membership of LI and can apply for relevant work.


Many employers will expect you to have, or be working towards, chartered membership of the Landscape Institute (MLI). You will be eligible for this once you have completed a period of supervised work experience, which usually takes around two years and involves:

  • being mentored by a fully qualified member of the LI
  • regular feedback from the 'Pathway to Chartership' supervisor
  • a final oral exam.

As a member of the LI you will be expected to do at least 20 hours' continuing professional development (CPD) each year. See the LI website for details.

As a landscape manager you could go on to work towards NVQ Level 4 in Amenity Horticulture Management, or Level 3 in Environmental Conservation (Landscapes and Ecosystems).

You could also join the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (IEEM) as a student, affiliate or full member, and gain access to networking and development opportunities. See the IEEM website for details.


You could find work within local authorities and central government departments, and with companies involved in building, civil engineering, mining, power supply and land reclamation.

You could also work with organisations like the National Trust and English Nature, or in private practice.

With experience you could progress to a senior management role or become self-employed and work as a consultant.

You may find the following useful for job vacancies and further reading: (links open in new window)

Landscape Institute (jobs page)
British Association of Landscape Industries
Architecture Jobs
Landscape Design Trust

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Annual Income

  • Starting salaries for graduate landscape managers can be between £19,000 and £25,000 a year.
  • Qualified managers can earn £25,000 to £40,000 or more.

Figures are intended as a guideline only.

Further information

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