ChooseLandscape Become a Landscape Manager
Student visit to Granary Square. Image credit: Harrison Phair.© Landscape Institute

Landscape managers are the protectors.

They look after outdoor spaces, making sure people can use and enjoy them now and in the future. Experts on plants and human behaviour, they give essential advice to architects and planners and help them create places that stay special.

“I really enjoy the freedom this job creates, having the chance to explore the country and experience some truly beautiful places. Working on-site, away from your desk, can be very rewarding – sometimes I have to stop myself and appreciate some of the locations I get to work in.”
Sam Marshall, landscape manager

How to become a landscape architect

You’ll need a degree recognised by the Landscape Institute. Each degree course will have its own entry requirements, which might include:

  • GCSEs in art, geography or maths
  • level 3 qualifications like A levels or BTECs
  • a portfolio of your drawings and photographs

You may also be able to get onto a course with TBC.

Once you are accepted, you’ll study for five to six years, with one year of practical work experience in the middle. Then comes further on-the-job training, an exam, and registration with the Landscape Institute.

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What would I be doing day-to-day?

  • Carrying out assessments of outdoor spaces
  • Managing people on-site
  • Writing reports on how best to look after a space
  • Applying for funding
  • Meeting communities to involve people in managing their spaces
Landscape Manager
North Kyle Forest, by Optimised Environments Ltd for Forest Enterprise Scotland. © Optimised Environments Ltd
Left: Katie Jackson and David Thompson - LDA, presentation about the landscape design of the Olympic park and Victoria Park restoration Image credit: Harrison Phair. © Landscape Institute

Right: Arnold Circus, project by LDA. Image credit: LDA

What kind of person am I?

  • A lover of nature with an interest in plants and animals
  • Comfortable with all sorts of people and able to inspire and convince them
  • Happy being outdoors in all weathers
  • A problem solver with a positive approach
  • Practical and good at finding a way forward when people disagree
  • Interested in technology and gadgets

What Our Landscape Managers Say

What hours would I work?

Landscape architects work 35-40 hours a week, with occasional evenings and weekends when needed. They divide their time between the studio and out on-site, which can mean travelling around the country and sometimes overseas.

How much would I earn?

Your starting salary would be around £xk rising to around £xk with experience.

What opportunities would I have to progress in my career?

In the private sector, you could become a partner or associate. In the public sector, you might become a head of service.

You could also go freelance or set up your own business, working on specific projects that interest you. Or learn new skills to move into landscape management or planning.

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What sort of jobs could I do?

  • Landscape designer
  • Landscape architect
  • Third job
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