The Elizabeth River Project, one of the oldest environmental nonprofits on the Chesapeake Bay, seeks a part-time, seasonal hire (20 to 28 hours/week) at a rate of $15.00/hr. to work with our River Star Homes team. The program is a free program in which citizens commit to 7 behavior changes for a cleaner Elizabeth River. The position will run from February 19th to September 30th, 2024. The staff member will work with property owners in the Elizabeth River watershed to implement river-friendly practices, including living shorelines, oyster reefs, rain gardens, and more. For more information or to submit your resume and cover letter, email Samantha Miller at



The Seasonal Landscape Technician will work directly with the River Star Homes Program Manager and Environmental Field Foreman as part of our River Star Homes Program. The top priorities will be to 1) implement on-the-ground improvements to help homeowners reduce their environmental impact on the Elizabeth River, including living shorelines, rain gardens, and conservation landscaping. This work includes placing oyster castles, moving sand, soil, or gravel, planting wetland grasses or landscape plants, and helping to maintain installed projects; 2) maintain a safe work environment for all staff and volunteers; 3) educate the public and recruit River Star Homes at outreach events throughout the area; 4) complete additional cross-training as time allows with restoration planning, shoreline permitting, educational events, and more.



  • Strong customer service skills. Must be prompt and professional at all times.
  • Capable of performing tasks in accordance with safety standards and rules.
  • Strong team player who shows genuine commitment to the mission of the Elizabeth River Project.
  • Has an interest in environmental stewardship and sustainable landscaping practices.
  • Comfortable working in different weather conditions as well as within and around water.
  • A “can do” positive attitude is essential, including growing from feedback and working closely with a team.
  • Basic landscaping capabilities – shoveling, wheelbarrowing, raking, etc.
  • Capable of basic tool operation – drill, string trimmer, etc.
  • Capable of lifting and carrying objects up to 35 pounds.
  • Comfortable working with the public and educating homeowners about best environmental practices.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License


The Elizabeth River Project is an equal opportunity employer.


Elizabeth River Project Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Statement: At Elizabeth River Project, we embrace diversity, inclusion, equity, and environmental justice as fundamental values of our river restoration work. Through active listening and intentional involvement, we seek to diversify our staff, board, and partners as we appreciate the unique perspectives and experiences of our diverse community. Our commitment extends to advocating for environmental justice, recognizing the intersectionality of social and environmental challenges. Together, we work towards a brighter future for the river and its people where everyone feels a sense of belonging and purpose within our organization and beyond.

At the Elizabeth River Project, we are committed to integrating DEI principles into all aspects of our work. By embracing diversity, promoting equity, and fostering inclusion, we believe we can restore the Elizabeth River in a way that benefits all communities and creates a healthier, more equitable future for both people and nature.