We are looking for a Landscape Construction (Paving / Hardscape) Foreman to plan and construct a multitude of
and a variety of landscape projects that include carpentry, hard-scaping, and
planting. This position is for the person that has expertise in in hardscaping but may have more than one
skill and wants to be challenged by the complexity, sophistication, and
elaborateness of Topiarius’ designs (You are able to do all kinds of different projects with different tasks! This is awesome!!). Under the direction of the Construction Supervisor, this person will help redesign Chicago’s
urban landscape one rooftop and yard at a time.
Who We Are:
Topiarius is landscape design, build and maintenance company whose mission it is to be Chicago’s #1 luxury brand for outdoor sanctuaries. Since 2003, Topiarius has aspired to redesign the Chicago urban landscape one rooftop and yard at a time. Where there is concrete, we want nature. Where there is empty space, we want stunning restorative beauty. Our work is based on the fundamental believe that nature is an essential sanctuary for humans. You can learn more about Topiarius at topiarius.com.
You Will Do:
Be responsible for the management of
your team and equipment. You will professionally work as a leader to
manage projects and people in a timely and efficient manner. You will know
daily which materials and tools are needed. You will take superintend these
materials and tools with care. We want our clients to let us know that they
just love our team.
Communicate, communicate, communicate. You will
communicate daily with your supervisor and teammates about each project. You will assign work, ask for help, and provide help
when needed. As directed and needed, you will communicate with clients and know
how to direct them to your supervisor. Additionally, you will keep accurate
records for projects, timesheets, etc.
Implement landscape designs on roof tops
and ground level. You will read all contracts and construction
drawings to understand the full scope of the design as well as the installation
process. You will solve practical problems. . You will install, but not limited to, in-ground hardscapes, pedestal paving, basic carpentry, dripline irrigation, low-voltage lighting, planting of trees, shrubs, and perennials, sod, artificial turf, and mulch.
Comply with safety procedures and
protocols. Every day you will follow safety procedures around vehicle and
tool use. You will also be expected to use materials safely.
You identify with our culture. Topiarius
employees are expected to perform with honesty, integrity, and optimism. We
enjoy our work and find it very satisfying and have a strong work ethic. We
enjoy each other’s company and choose to work as a team and not a lone wolf. We
take the details seriously; they are what allows us to stand apart from our
competition. And follow through is in the fabric of all we do.
You enjoy working on different kinds
of projects utilizing different skills. Each of our projects is unique. There
may be common threads that repeat, but every client’s site is one of a kind.
Our projects include woodworking, metal fabrication, basic electrical and
plumbing, planting perennials, trees, and shrubs, and hard scaping. Your
experience will serve you well.
You aim for operational excellence. You are
someone that doesn’t just show up to “phone” in the day. You are mature and
professional. You arrive with a smile and early to get your day organized. With
a charged cell phone, you regularly check for emails, voicemails, and texts.
You understand that clean tools and a clean/organized vehicle make your day
successful. You understand that staying on top of paperwork daily is just how
it is. You exude pride in all that you do but are humble enough to know when
you need to ask for help.
You are curious and problem solve. Nothing
we do is ever the same. As mentioned there will be common threads to each
project, but once on site you will address nuances and unforeseen
circumstances. It goes with the territory. So, you are someone that does not
get thrown off by this kind of “roadblock.” You enjoy the challenge to solve
problems and even have the smarts to ask for help so that the work can be
completed in a timely and efficient manner.
You enjoy working with a team. You
understand that as the crew leader you oversee your assigned projects. You also
understand that you need to direct and teach your teammates to produce the
final product. While you have many skills, you understand that others do as well,
and you can only benefit from learning from them when necessary.
- 3+ years of experience in the
landscape construction industry.
- Conversational English since you
will communicate with clients.
- Conversational Spanish since you will
communicate with staff.
- Math and reading skills. The ability to read and
write English at a 12th grade level or higher and the ability to
perform math / shop arithmetic.
- Valid IL driver’s license and clean driving
- Ability to install hardscapes in-ground and on rooftops (We can easily teach rooftop pedestal systems.)
- Basic experience with
- planting perennials, shrubs, and trees.
- in-line drip irrigation.
- sod (real and artificial).
- basic low-voltage lighting.
- Possess basic carpentry skills.
- Proof of Covid vaccination.
Activity and Movement:
You will frequently lift, carries, or
otherwise moves and positions objects weighing up to several hundred pounds
using appropriate tools. You will typically bend, stoops, and crouches on a
regular basis. You will constantly move about to work. You will regularly
operate and cleans construction and carpentry equipment. You will repeatedly
climb stairs and occasionally ladders. You will repetitively work in locations
of height (i.e., roof decks, balconies). And you will be working in outdoor
conditions (for instance low to high temperatures, rain, sun, wind, etc.)
- Experience working with technology,
such as cell phone apps.
- High School degree. Higher education degree.
Hours and Compensation:
6:30 am – 3:30/4 pm. Minimum 40 hours per week with potential overtime.
Potential for Saturday hours.
$22 - $26 per hour.
Paid Holidays. Paid Time
Off (up to 10 days in first year) and Paid Sick time (up to 40 hours each year).
and dental insurance plans (PPO/HSA and HMO options). Dental Insurance. Retirement plan available
after 1 year of employment & minimum 1000 hours of worked. Complimentary
Life Insurance and Long-Term Disability plans.
Topiarius is a
non-union shop. Our final candidates may be required to
undergo a background check. All qualified applicants will receive consideration
for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national
origin, or other status protected by applicable law. And nothing in this job
description restricts the supervisor’s right to assign or reassign duties and
responsibilities to this job at any time.
First, we highly suggest you visit Topiarius’ website (www.topiarius.com) to become familiar with our company.
Secondly, if you are interested, please apply.
We will contact you if we are interested. So please no phone calls.