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!



Seasonal, Full-Time Position

Reports to: Landscape Foreman

Job Overview: 

A READY Crew Leader is responsible for 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 operational staff, the Crew Leader helps to coordinate and implement the work plan for each day.  The Crew Leader ensures that the crew meets the specified objectives in performing their work.  They are also responsible for ensuring that team members have and use the skills and training necessary to complete their assignments correctly, safely, and in a timely manner.  The Crew Leader motivates their team and participates in the professional development of the Crew Members.  As the first line of supervision, Crew Leaders are responsible for handling disciplinary matters, which may include escalating issues to higher-level management. Above all, the Crew Leader is responsible for the safety of their crew and ensuring protocols are enforced to create a healthy work environment. A Crew Leader is a key member of the company who 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 more.  As a workforce development program, the READY program also includes soft-skills training and exposure to different opportunities in the environmental industry.

Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Leads and supervises a crew to properly implement and maintain projects

  • Enforces safety protocols

  • Is required to safely drive the company vehicle(s) and trailer to transport the crew and/or materials to and from job sites

  • Cares for the company vehicles on a daily and weekly basis by adhering to the standard operating procedures

  • Utilizes and looks after the company credit card for purchases of fuel for the company vehicles

  • Ensures the proper use and care of company tools and equipment

  • Ensures the crew performs their tasks skillfully, safely, and in a workmanlike fashion

  • Ensures the crew delivers EcoWorks services timely, efficiently, and of expected quality

  • Manages and reports crew attendance

  • Determine and report crew hours with correct billing codes

  • Reads, interprets, and implements Work Plans, Landscape Designs, and Planting Plans, and uses them to guide the crew to correctly perform the work

  • Determines and assigns daily tasks to the crew

  • Plans, executes, and assesses the day-to-day activities of the crew to ensure adherence to project schedules

  • Oversees clean up of job sites and the proper storage and/or disposal of materials

  • Communicates and documents progress and issues to Landscape Foreman

  • Participates in community outreach and public engagement efforts

  • Assists in construction and maintenance work as needed

  • Directly interacts with customers and collects payment for Rent-An-EcoCrew work

  • Adheres 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 and a clean driving record

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

  • Ability to work in a variety of outdoor settings including forests and streams

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

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

  • Must have reliable transportation to the initial job site

  • May need to use their personal vehicle during the course of work.  Mileage is reimbursed at the then-applicable IRS rates

  • Must be dependable

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Passion and/or interest in the outdoors

  • Flexible with changes in day to day tasks

  • Experience in landscaping or environmental fieldwork

  • Preference for prior experience with READY or UpLift programs

Wage: $15.75/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. 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.  This position is not eligible for holiday time or pay.  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.