Do you have a passion for the environment, enjoy working outdoors, and leading others? We have the perfect fit for you! Howard Ecoworks is hiring a Crew Leader for our Winter 2022 Uplift Crew.

Please review the job description listed below.

If you are interested in applying, please follow this link to submit your application: Uplift Winter 2022 Crew Leader Application

We look forward to meeting you!



Reports to: Landscape Foreman

Job Overview

This is an opportunity that will run for 2 months at a minimum from January to March, but ideally a year-long opportunity from January to December to gain experience with environmental restoration work.  Howard EcoWorks provides training in various soft-skills as well as coaching to give one a leg-up on finding a job in the environmental industry. The Crew Leader leads, supervises, and instructs their crew in performing maintenance and assessments of existing stream restoration sites, maintenance of existing conservation landscapes, tree plantings and rain gardens, responding to Safe & Sound events by assessing damage and removing debris from waterways, and more. As the first line of management, Crew Leaders are responsible for handling disciplinary matters, which may include escalating issues to higher level management.  They are also responsible for ensuring that team members have the skills and training necessary to complete their assignments correctly, safely, and in a timely manner.  Working with operational and administrative staff, the Crew Leader will help to coordinate and implement the work plan for each day. The results of what a crew does needs to be on time, on budget, and meet or exceed quality expectations.  A Crew Leader ensures that the crew meets those objectives in performing their work.  A Crew Leader also motivates their team and participates in the professional development of the Crew Members.  In place of an Assistant Crew leader, the Crew leader is the designated Safety Officer for the crew, and holds the ultimate responsibility for ensuring the entire crew works safely and in a safe manner, and ensures crew operations do not endanger those not in the crew, such as customers.  Crew Leaders also have the responsibility for ensuring the success of the program through proper execution and delivery of our services.


Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Lead and supervise a crew to properly implement and maintain projects
  • Responsible for enforcing safety protocols
  • Required to drive the company vehicle(s) and trailer to transport the crew and/or materials to and from job sites
  • Responsible for the safety of the crew while transporting
  • Caring for the company vehicle(s) on a daily and weekly basis while ensuring adherence to weekly Vehicle Inspection Reports
  • 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
  • Ensure that Crew Members perform their tasks skillfully, safely, and in a workmanlike fashion
  • Ensure the crew delivers EcoWorks services timely, efficiently, and of expected quality (such as for tree planting, installing Bayscapes, performing Rent-An-EcoCrew work, and so forth)
  • Manage and report crew attendance
  • Read and implement Work Plans, Landscape Designs, and Planting Plans, and use them to guide the crew to correctly install projects
  • Determine and assign daily tasks to Crew Members
  • Plan, execute, and assess the day-to-day activities of the crew to ensure adherence to project schedules
  • Oversee clean up of job sites and proper storage and/or disposal of materials 
  • Communicate progress and issues to Landscape Foreman
  • Community outreach and public engagement 
  • Assist in construction and maintenance as needed
  • Acts as person in charge of Crew Member(s) for Rent-An-EcoCrew work, and directly interacts with customers
  • Adhere to company protocols surrounding COVID-19, including but not limited to: wearing of masks, weekly temperature checks, social distancing while traveling in vehicles and working in close proximity, and proactive communication of symptoms to supervisors


Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • 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 driving a truck and trailer safely
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record
  • 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
  • May need to use their personal vehicle during the course of work.  Mileage is reimbursed at the then-applicable IRS rates
  • Must be dependable
  • Experience in landscaping or environmental field work


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Passion and/or interest in the outdoors
  • Previous experience working outdoors or in landscaping
  • Flexible with changes in day to day tasks


Wage: $15.50/hr



  • Paid sick leave – 1 hour of Paid Sick Leave accumulated for every 30 hours worked
  • Option to enroll in the EcoWorks 401(k) plan

Job Timeline:

This is a full-time, hourly, seasonal position that begins for all members starting ASAP and working through March 8th, 2022.  Standard Crew Member hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, with a half-hour unpaid lunch break.  You will have paid holidays based on EcoWorks observed holidays.  Weekend work opportunities may be available but are not mandatory.  Work in the field is weather-dependent.  Indoor training and professional development opportunities may be offered on bad-weather days.