Job Overview: The Landscape Design Manager (LDM) develops and oversees landscape design and build services for various types of projects including but not limited to rain gardens, conservation landscapes, tree planting, rainwater harvesting, and other small best management practices. The LDM provides outreach and education to promote the services offered by Howard EcoWorks to residential homeowners, residential community management and homeowners associations, and organizations.  The LDM manages projects from initial customer contact through feasibility assessment, design, construction, post-project performance, tracking and record-keeping.  The LDM provides guidance to crews to ensure that projects are implemented according to the specifications of the respective designs.  The LDM performs other duties as assigned.


Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Work with landowners, homeowner associations, nonprofits, and government agencies to develop and implement water quality improvement, habitat restoration, invasive species management, stormwater management and maintenance projects.
  • Perform consultations and site assessments to determine parameters and specifications of projects and create written and illustrated project recommendations with a focus on highlighting EcoWorks services.
  • Provide customer project proposals, which include project concept map and written description with square footage, basic information about practice types, cost estimates, sample project photographs, and information regarding ongoing maintenance.
  • Design rain gardens, conservation landscapes or other practices with appropriate detail such as:
    • Drainage area addressed, impervious surface area treated, garden area and ponding specification, if applicable
    • Locations of berms, inlet and outlet, where applicable
    • Conveyance between gardens, if applicable
    • Underdrain specifications, if applicable
    • Soil amendment / soil replacement specifications based on soil tests
    • Material estimates for soil amendments, rock, mulch, pipes, and other materials
    • Planting plan using native species, developed in consultation with EcoWorks’ Nursery Manager
    • Other items as determined by best professional judgement for the preparation of design plans
  • Facilitate and coordinate other aspects of project planning and implementation such as marking utilities using Miss Utility services, performing soil tests, securing right of entry agreements and contracts and assembling pre-construction checklists for crews for projects in coordination with Landscape Foreman and Operations Director.
  • Support and coordinate with the Nursery Manager for plant acquisitions and substitutions.
  • Ensure designs are implemented professionally and according to specification by doing the following:
  • Review design with crew and crew leadership and participate in developing a project plan.
  • Visit project sites throughout construction to provide oversight and manage quality control.
  • Assess project sites at critical points during construction, and advise of any adjustments that need to be made to finalize the project as designed.
  • Prepare as-built construction drawings and planting plans.
  • Record and report on relevant data following the completion of projects including actual project costs and final specifications.
  • Complete post-project performance assessment and troubleshoot.


Required Qualifications:

  • 2-3 years horticultural, landscape design or related experience, including construction oversight of design plans
  • Knowledge of and experience with Mid-Atlantic local native and invasive plants, shrubs and trees
  • Knowledge of Mid-Atlantic ecology and habitats
  • Familiarity with stormwater best management practices (BMP) and knowledge of MS4 permit requirements
  • Able to organize and manipulate GIS data and data structures for measurement, making calculations and presenting information
  • Self-starter, motivated and professional
  • Demonstrated customer management experience
  • Preference for plans drafted with industry standard programs such as AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch-Up, Smart Draw, etc
  • Passion and ability to engage, coordinate, and educate the community and work crews on environmental topics and hands-on techniques in the field
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including presentation ability
  • Excellent leadership, collaboration and team skills
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize and respond to internal and external stakeholders in a timely manner
  • Organized with attention to detail
  • Driver’s license and own transportation (mileage reimbursed at then-current IRS rate)


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Certification as Chesapeake Bay Landscaping Professional Level I and II, preferred
  • Experience with ArcGIS for project tracking


Hours and Compensation:

  • 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday, September to mid-June.  7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, mid-June to September. Occasional evening and weekend hours
  • Position is full-time and exempt
  • Salary: Low to mid-40s, depending on experience



  • Access to a health benefits plan after 30 days of employment
  • Access to the corporate 401(K) plan, with matching based on tenure
  • 120 hours Paid Time Off (PTO) to start with additional leave offered with tenure
  • Paid holidays


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will be accepted until February 26, 2021 or until the position is filled.

TO APPLY: Please email the following to Cover letter, resume, and names of three references with current contact information.


For More Information Contact:

Lori Lilly, Executive Director

Email:, ph: 443-936-8805


Howard EcoWorks is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourages applications from minority candidates.
Equal Opportunity Employer: Recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce is a high priority at Howard EcoWorks. HEW does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, military, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, age, citizenship or any other basis prohibited by law in any of its policies or programs.