Turf & Landscape Management

About the Program

Did you know that a love for working outdoors could result in a rewarding career? It’s true, and Iowa Western can get you started by participating in the Turf and Landscape Management program of study.

By earning an Associate of Applied Science degree, you’ll be ready to enter the world of sports turf management, industrial and institutional grounds management, golf course greens keeping, municipal horticulture, lawn care, and many types of landscape design and construction. You can also become an instant entrepreneur in this field and create your own success.

Iowa Western allows you to study both turf and landscape courses. Few schools offer both as part of one program. You’ll get hands-on experience in Iowa Western’s greenhouse and participate in our Horticulture Club. Our students participate in the annual Council Bluffs Home and Garden Spring show.



Career Information

The Turf and Landscape Management program is designed to place students into the workforce upon completion of the two-year degree. The need for commercial turf-grass and landscape design, installation, and maintenance continues to grow at a fast pace in management as well as professional lawn care. The green industry offers a variety of challenging positions that graduates will be well-qualified for because of the technical knowledge and hands-on skills acquired. Skilled graduates from this program will have the knowledge to work as assistant grounds or golf course superintendents, sports turf managers, landscape sales and marketing supervisors, groundskeepers, irrigation specialists, chemical technicians, landscape construction supervisors, and more. There are also ample opportunities for those with an entrepreneurial spirit to establish their own business in any of these exciting fields.

Salary Information

Salary: National
Average: $38,520 or $18.52/hour

* Salary information from www.ihaveaplaniowa.org as reported by the US Dept of Labor www.bls.gov.

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall and Spring
Program Length: 4 Semesters, 1 Summer
Award: A.A.S.
Average Class Size: 22
Program Capacity: 25
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus