EMPLOYER: Howard EcoWorks (EcoWorks) is a non-profit organization in Columbia, MD.  EcoWorks’ mission is to empower communities and diverse workforces to respect and restore our natural systems for future generations.

TITLE:  Seeds of Change Nursery Manager

REPORTS TO: Deputy Director

STATUS: Part-time, ~20 hours per week, including occasional weekend work

JOB DESCRIPTION: The Seeds of Change Nursery Manager oversees all aspects of the Seeds of Change nursery operation and program located at the Howard County Corrections facility.  The Nursery Manager maintains existing infrastructure, researches and implements new infrastructure projects, grows plants, propagates plants, and maintains an accurate plant inventory.  This work is done, in part, with a labor force consisting of 1) a small work release inmate crew, and 2) volunteers, both cadres of which are coordinated by the Nursery Manager.  The Nursery Manager works with Howard EcoWorks staff to make sure that appropriate plants are available for upcoming landscape installations and maintenance projects. The Nursery Manager develops budget proposals for plant purchases, works and negotiates with vendors,  manages deliveries/pick-ups of the plant purchases, and ensures inventory records are up to date.  The Nursery Manager develops and implements educational curriculum related to horticulture, gardening and sustainable landscapes to be used with the in-mates, volunteers and for other educational and training opportunities.  The Nursery Manager supports development of the Seeds of Change program including cultivation of a jail-to-jobs pipeline.  The Nursery Manager oversees the business aspects of the operation including plant sales and financial tracking and works to ensure that the Seeds of Change nursery is a financially sustainable operation.  Additional hours may be available for the Nursery Manager if s/he possesses landscape design experience or community engagement and education experience.


  • 1-3 years horticultural, nursery, landscape design or related education and experience.

  • Knowledge, identification skills and experience with both native and invasive plants.

  • Experience with plant seeding and propagation techniques.

  • Self-starter, independent, professional and motivated

  • Experience with Microsoft applications, particularly MS Excel, and other applications and technologies

  • Experience teaching and developing curriculum.

  • Experience leading work crews and volunteers.

  • Willingness to work outside in all weather conditions.

  • Ability to lift 40 pounds.

  • Ability to drive the company truck and trailer.

  • Driver’s license and own transportation (mileage reimbursed)


  • Position is part-time, expected up to ~20 hours / week, including occasional weekend work

  • Wage: $17-21 / hour, based on experience, and ability to help the business grow


  • Prorated paid time off

  • Access to prorated health benefits plan

  • Access to the corporate 401(k) plan, with matching based on tenure

  • Consideration for Full-Time position, based on performance and additional skills, such as landscape design and/or community engagement

TO APPLY:  Please forward your cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three references to: info@howardecoworks.org

For More Information Contact:

Donald Tsusaki, Deputy Director

Email: dtsusaki@howardecoworks.org, ph: 443-936-8808

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. EcoWorks 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.