​Ready Crew Member

Job Description:

READY Crew Member will be an essential part of the team in providing environmental services, including the installation and maintenance of landscaping projects such as conservation landscapes and rain gardens, performing maintenance of stream restoration sites, removing debris from waterways, and more. Crew Members work in teams under the direction of their Crew Leader, Landscape Foreman and Operations Staff. They will learn how to work as a team to successfully create and manage stormwater practices in the Bay region as well as be exposed to a variety of career opportunities in the environmental and stormwater industries.

Through the READY program, Howard EcoWorks provides training in identifying native and invasive plants, construction techniques for environmental restoration projects, proper tool usage and care, and more.  The READY program also includes soft-skills training and exposure to different opportunities in the environmental industry.

Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Work on a team to accomplish project objectives

  • Construction and maintenance of environmental landscaping practices such as rain gardens and conservation landscapes, tree planting, and more

  • Implement landscaping practices including planting, excavating, mulching, weeding, etc.

  • Properly use, store and care for all equipment, tools, and materials

  • Participate in professional development and industry exposure training sessions

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Must be between 16-25 years of age

  • Must be a Howard County resident

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

  • Ability to work with a team as well as independently

  • Can physically stand, bend, squat, and lift up to 40 pounds repetitively throughout the day

  • Must have reliable transportation to the company office each day

  • May be asked to use a personal vehicle if applicable. Approved mileage is reimbursed

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/hr


  • 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

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

  • Additional professional development opportunities

Job Timeline:

This is a full-time, hourly, seasonal position that begins on June 17th, 2024 and ends on August 16th, 2024. Hours are Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., including 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, when possible. Deadline to apply May 13th, 2024.

Application Link: https://www.howardecoworks.org/ready-crew-member