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Operations Manager


Are you a seasoned golf course professional looking for a rewarding career change and a break from working every weekend and holiday? Emerald Lawn Care in Wheeling, IL is seeking an experienced Operations Manager to lead our dedicated team of lawn care specialists. This senior leadership role offers the opportunity to leverage your expertise in turf management gained from your experience as a golf course superintendent. At Emerald Lawn Care, you'll find a supportive environment where your skills are valued and your contributions make a meaningful impact. With a commitment to excellence and client satisfaction, we take pride in maintaining lush, healthy lawns for residential customers.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversee day-to-day operations of our lawn care services, including fertilization, weed control, and mosquito/tick suppression.
  • Lead a team of approximately 20 field personnel, providing guidance, mentorship, and performance feedback to our technicians, service manager, and field quality manager.
  • Develop and implement efficient processes to ensure the highest quality of service delivery.
  • Diagnose and address lawn diseases, insect damage, and other lawn issues to resolve customer complaints.
  • Monitor and manage inventory levels of equipment, supplies, and chemicals.
  • Maintain fleet of company vehicles and equipment through regular proactive service.
  • Collaborate with sales and marketing teams to identify opportunities for business growth and client retention.
  • Ensure compliance with safety regulations and conduct training as necessary.

Educational Requirements

Bachelor’s or Associate degree in agronomy, horticulture, or related field preferred.

Experience Requirements


  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in turf management, preferably as a golf course superintendent or assistant superintendent.
  • Proven leadership skills with the ability to inspire and motivate a team.
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving abilities.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of lawn care practices, equipment, and chemicals.
  • Ability to work independently and make sound decisions in a fast-paced environment.

Job Benefits

  • Work-life balance with regular hours and a less hectic schedule compared to the golf course industry
  • Salaried position
  • Year-round schedule with paid time off and holidays
  • Health insurance
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan with company match
  • Opportunities for professional development and advancement within the company

Date Job is Available


$70,000 to $85,000 per year

Overtime: No

Job Application Instructions

If you're ready to take the next step in your career and bring your expertise to the lawn care industry, we want to hear from you! Apply now to join our team at Emerald Lawn Care and make a difference in the lives of our customers through beautiful, healthy lawns. Contact Tracey at traceyc@emeraldlawncare.com or (847) 461-3962, or fill out our application online.

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