Employment Opportunities

We believe the key to success starts with great people. We are committed to creating a work environment that kindles creativity, team spirit, commitment, and excellent customer service. Apply with us today for an exciting career in the landscape and gardening industry!

We are now Hiring for the Following Departments for 2021:

  • Landscape Crew Leaders – planting & construction
  • Landscape Installers – planting & construction
  • Landscape Maintenance Crew Leaders
  • Landscape Maintenance Groundskeepers  (planting bed maintenance)
  • Lawncare Maintenance Groundskeepers (mowing)
  • Lawncare Chemical Applicators

Wages are determined by your experience, knowledge, and readiness for the job.  Ted Lare is looking for people who are friendly, passionate, and self-motivated to join us. We love people who enjoy physical work and have sunny dispositions. Previous experience in the landscaping and garden industry is a plus, but not required

Benefits:

  • 401K for all employees. You are automatically enrolled with company matching after 1 year of work if you are 21 years or older.
  • Paid Holidays and Paid Vacation
  • Uniforms provided and health insurance is available.
  • Opportunity for rapid advancement and raises for strong performers.  
  • The opportunity to work with a family run business that cares about their employees and wants to see you succeed.
  • The opportunity to work with a large fleet of well-kept equipment and a team that takes pride in their work.
  • Winter time off for January and February. Salary positions are paid through the winter.

Assistant Garden Center Manager

Ted Lare Garden Center is looking for a motivated, energetic, assistant garden center manager! Ideal candidate should be a self-motivated, team-player, with management experience in garden center/nursery operations that has a passion for inspiring people to grow. We are looking for an individual who is customer service focused, extroverted and loves meeting new people. The ideal candidate will enjoy selling a product or service, motivating others to do the same, working hard and supporting others on their team. They will love a fast paced work environment and to get their hands dirty. 

Responsibilities and Duties

  • This position reports directly to the garden center manager and nursery manager. The main responsibility is to assist with sales operations, customer service and staff.
  • Assists with opening or closing and cashiering functions.
  • Use of point of sale software, cash register and credit card machine purchases for individual sales.
  • Ordering and obtaining special requested materials and payments.
  • Updating website products and orders.
  • Identifies and rectifies customer complaints and service suggestions.
  • Answering phone calls and emails on general plant or product questions.
  • Assists with pricing of plants and hard goods and creating signage for products.
  • Assists with creating marketing, sales and promotions for the store to drive customer traffic.
  • Work with vendors for delivery schedules, credit, and returns.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Plant knowledge.
  • Must be fast paced on a computer, able to work Microsoft Office and learn quickly.  
  • Someone who loves to inspire their team to grow and leads & manages well.
  • Strong time management and organizational skills.
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines.
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to lift at least 50 lbs. and to work in an outdoor atmosphere regardless of the weather.
  • Flexible hours and ability to adapt to changing schedule, we are retail and weekends are a must.
  • Valid drivers license.

Benefits

Year round salaried position, pay negotiable with experience. Uniforms provided, health insurance available, paid holidays, employee discounts and approximately 6-8 weeks paid vacation. The opportunity to work with a family run business, to work in a beautiful environment and a great management staff who also cares about you. Opportunity for advancement and raises.  Please call Melissa at 515-981-1075.

Garden Center Staff

We believe our success reflects the quality of people that make up our team. We invite people who are friendly, passionate, and self-motivated to join us. We are always expanding our team of dedicated, hard-working professionals and are looking for great people who enjoy physical work and have a sunny disposition. Previous experience in the gardening industry or plant knowledge is a plus, but not required. We have full-time, part-time and seasonal positions available.

Job Description

  • Customer service and sales
  • General nursery and plant maintenance
  • Unloading trucks
  • Planting trees
  • Watering plants
  • Cash Register Functions
  • Help with customer delivery orders
  • Perform other related duties and assignments as requested.

Applicants must be tobacco free in the workplace. Wages start at $12/hr and up based on experience. We provide uniforms, benefits, paid holidays and paid vacation time. We are open 8am to 6pm, with work week hours varying. We schedule on a five-day work week with a standard 40 hours, weekend hours required, overtime as needed. Please call 515-981-1075 and ask for Melissa.

Landscape Supervisor – Planting & Construction

Ted Lare Design Build is looking for motivated, self-starters to fill an immediate position for a landscaping construction supervisor. If you are looking to further your career, we are interested in forming a long term relationship with talented, hardworking individuals. This is a working supervisor position leading a crew of 2-3 people.

Various tasks include:

  • Creation of Planting Beds
  • Building stone walls – limestone, boulder, etc.
  • Building patios out of natural stone and man-made pavers
  • Constructing Paths and Stairways
  • Fire Pit Construction
  • Water Feature Construction
  • Grading and Site Work as Required
  • Skid Loader / Excavator Operation
  • Laying out jobs and interacting with clients on the job site

Applicants must be tobacco free in the workplace, have a valid driver’s license, and a clean driving record. We will run an MVR on all driving records.

Position starting at $22 or more based on experience. Applicants may qualify for a salary position with 2 months off in the winter, if skills and work ethic are exceptional.

We provide uniforms and benefits.

Please call 515-981-1073 or

Landscape Installation Team – Planting & Construction

Ted Lare Design Build is looking for motivated, self-starters to pursue a career in the landscaping industry. Previous experience in the landscaping field is a plus, but not required. A strong work ethic, positive attitude, and the desire to learn new skills is required for success.

You will likely be exposed to both planting and construction tasks in your first year on the job including:

  • Creation of Planting Beds
  • Building stone walls – limestone, boulder, etc.
  • Building patios out of natural stone and man-made pavers
  • Constructing Paths and Stairways
  • Fire Pit Construction

Applicants must be tobacco free in the workplace. Wages start at $15-$18/hr or more based on experience.

We provide uniforms and benefits. Generally, our work hours are 7:45-5:00, Monday through Friday. Overtime opportunities on Saturdays from time to time, but not regularly throughout the year.

Please call 515-981-1073 or

Landscape Maintenance Crew Leader

Ted Lare Design Build is looking for motivated, self-starters to fill an immediate position for a landscape maintenance crew leader. If you are looking to further your career, we are interested in forming a long term relationship with talented, hardworking individuals. This is a working supervisor position leading a crew of 2-3 people.

You will leading a maintenance crew responsible for all aspects of commercial and residential landscape maintenance.  Routine tasks throughout the year will include tree trimming, shrub pruning, dead heading flowers, edging landscape beds, weeding, and mulching.  In a typical day you may visit 1 to 3 properties and are responsible for keeping properties looking amazing for our clients.  It can be a fast paced work environment as there is typically a lot to accomplish every week. We are looking reliable, hard-working individuals that do not mind getting their hands dirty and take pride in their workmanship.    

Various tasks include:

  • Weeding and spraying for weeds
  • Mulching
  • Edging planting beds
  • Seasonal Annual Flower Plantings
  • Laying out annual plantings and interacting with clients on the job site
  • Pruning, Trimming, Dead-heading
  • Plant replacements and filling areas with new plants when needed

Applicants must be tobacco free in the workplace, have a valid driver’s license, and a clean driving record. We will run an MVR on all driving records.

Position starting at $16-20/hour or more based on experience. Applicants may qualify for a salary position with 2 months off in the winter, if skills and work ethic are exceptional.

We provide uniforms and benefits.

Please call 515-981-1073 or

Lawncare Chemical Applicator

Ted Lare Design Build is looking for a motivated, self-starter to fill an immediate position for a licensed chemical applicator. If you are looking to further your career, we are interested in forming a long term relationship with talented, hardworking individuals. This is a full time position we are looking to fill immediately for the upcoming season.  

You will be responsible for a large portion of our properties across the Des Moines Metro area.  You must be dependable and a good communicator, as clients often want to talk about routine issues with their lawn. 

Applicants must be tobacco free in the workplace, have a valid driver’s license, and a clean driving record. We will run an MVR on all driving records.

Position starting at $18/hour or more based on experience. Applicants may qualify for a salary position with 2 months off in the winter, if skills and work ethic are exceptional.

We provide uniforms and benefits.

Please call 515-981-1073 or

Landscape & Lawn Care Groundskeepers

Ted Lare Design Build is looking for motivated, self-starters to pursue a career in the landscaping industry. Previous experience in the landscaping field is a plus, but not required. A strong work ethic, positive attitude, and the desire to learn new skills is required for success.

You will be part of a maintenance crew responsible for all aspects of commercial and residential landscape maintenance. Although you will be focused on either Landscape or Lawn Maintenance, there will be some overlap throughout the year as needed. 

Routine tasks throughout the year will include:

  • Mowing
  • Tree trimming, shrub pruning, dead heading flowers
  • Edging landscape beds
  • Weeding
  • Mulching
  • Annual Flower Plantings
  • Filling in existing planting beds as needed

In a typical day you may visit 1 to 3 properties and are responsible for keeping properties looking amazing for our clients.  It can be a fast paced work environment as there is typically a lot to accomplish every week. We are looking reliable, hard-working individuals that do not mind getting their hands dirty and take pride in their workmanship.    

Applicants must be tobacco free in the workplace. Wages start at $12-$16/hr or more based on experience.

We provide uniforms and benefits. Generally, our work hours are 7:45-5:00, Monday through Friday. Overtime opportunities on Saturdays from time to time, but not regularly throughout the year.

Please call 515-981-1073 or

Ted Lare Garden Center

We are currently closed for the holiday season.

Stay tuned for pop-up open hours coming this winter.