READY- Restoring Environment And Developing Youth

Be a part of Howard Ecoworks’ Summer READY Program-have a positive impact on your local environment while having fun and making friends!


JOB DESCRIPTION: READY Assistant Crew Leader

Seasonal, Full-Time Position

Reports to: READY Crew Leader

Job Overview: 

The Assistant Crew Leader supports the Landscape Foreman and Crew Leader in leading a team of several field employees to provide environmental services, including the installation and maintenance of landscaping projects such as tree plantings, bayscapes, and rain gardens, as well as performing maintenance and assessments of stream restoration sites, removing debris from waterways, and more.
Working with the Crew Leader and operational staff, the Assistant Crew Leader helps to ensure that work plans are implemented and that the crew meets the specified objectives in performing their work.  In the absence of a Crew Leader, the Assistant Crew Leader would take charge by leading, supervising, and instructing Crew Members to stay on time and meet quality standards.
They are the crew’s designated Safety Officer, ensuring proper precautions are taken on site. Though an Assistant Crew Leader is not expected to handle disciplinary matters, if the situation warrants immediate corrective measures in the absence of a Crew Leader or Landscape Foreman, such as for safety matters, an Assistant Crew Leader may take reasonable action, which may include escalating issues to higher-level management.  An Assistant Crew Leader is an essential part of the company who motivates their team and participates in ensuring the success of our programs through proper and safe execution and delivery of our services.
Through the READY program, Howard EcoWorks provides training in domain skills such as identifying native and non-native plants, construction techniques for environmental restoration projects, proper tool usage and care, and so forth. As a workforce development program, the READY program also includes soft-skills training and exposure to different opportunities in the environmental industry.

Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Acts as leader of a Crew in the absence of a Landscape Foreman or Crew Leader

  • Is the designated Safety Officer of a crew

  • Reporting incidents (injury and non-injury)

  • Reminding the crew about daily safety considerations for the work at hand

  • Responsible for making sure water and ice is in the cooler

  • Enforcing PPE usage and COVID guidelines

  • Directly interact with customers and collect payment for Rent-An-EcoCrew work

  • Required to drive the company vehicle(s) to transport the crew and/or materials to and from job sites

  • Responsible for the safety of the crew while transporting them on company business

  • Caring for the company vehicle(s) on a daily and weekly basis while assisting the Crew Leader or Landscape Foreman with vehicle inspection reports when necessary

  • Utilize and look after a company credit card for purchase of gas in company vehicle(s)

  • Properly use and care for company tools and equipment

  • Helps with leading and supervising a crew alongside Crew Leader to properly implement and maintain projects

  • Responsible for leading the crew independently when the Crew Leader is not present

  • Ensure that Crew Members perform their tasks skillfully, safely, and in a timely fashion

  • Read and implement Work Plans, Landscape Designs, and Planting Plans and ensure proper installations and execution of services

  • Determine and assign daily tasks to Crew Members should a Landscape Foreman or Crew Leader be unavailable

  • Oversee cleanup of job sites and proper storage and/or disposal of materials

  • Communicate progress and issues to Landscape Foreman or Crew Leader as appropriate

  • Assist in construction and maintenance work as needed

  • Adhere to company protocols surrounding COVID-19, including but not limited to: proactive communication of symptoms to supervisors

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age

  • Must be a Howard County resident

  • Must have a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record

  • Must meet our required level of proficiency for driving a truck safely

  • Able to physically stand, bend, squat, and lift up to 40 pounds repetitively throughout a day

  • Must have reliable transportation to the initial job site of the

  • May be asked to use a personal vehicle to reach additional job sites, if applicable.  Approved mileage is reimbursed

  • Must be dependable

  • Proven track record of strong leadership, communications, and process improvement skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Passion and interest in the nature, the environment, and the outdoors

  • Experience in landscaping or environmental fieldwork

  • Prior experience with READY or UpLift programs

Wage: $14.65/hr


  • Opportunity to earn First Aid CPR/AED Training and Certification

  • Opportunity to earn a Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional-Associate  (CBLP-A) Certificate

  • Professional development opportunities

  • Paid sick leave – 1 hour of Sick and Safe Leave accumulated for every 30 hours worked, accumulating up to 40 hours per year.  Accrual starts on the first day of employment and one is eligible to use Sick and Safe Leave after the completion of 30 days of employment

  • Option to enroll in the EcoWorks 401(k) plan

Job Timeline:
This is a full-time, hourly, seasonal position that begins on June 22nd, 2022 and working through August 12, 2022. Assistant Crew Member hours during the Summer are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with a half-hour unpaid lunch break and 2 paid 15-minute breaks per day.  There are no paid holidays.  Weekend work opportunities may be available but are not mandatory.  Work in the field is weather-dependent, which may result in shortened work weeks.  Indoor training and professional development opportunities may be offered on bad-weather days.