Seasonal, full-time position

Reports to: Landscape Foreman

Job Overview:

An UpLift Crew Leader is responsible for leading a team of several field employees to provide environmental services, including the installation and maintenance of landscaping projects such as tree plantings, bayscapes, and rain gardens, as well as performing maintenance and assessments of stream restoration sites, removing debris from waterways, and more.  Working with operational staff, the Crew Leader helps to coordinate and implement the work plan for each day.  The Crew Leader ensures that the crew meets the specified objectives in performing their work.  They are also responsible for ensuring that team members have and use the skills and training necessary to complete their assignments correctly, safely, and in a timely manner.  The Crew Leader motivates their team and participates in the professional development of the Crew Members.  As the first line of supervision, Crew Leaders are responsible for handling disciplinary matters, which may include escalating issues to higher level management. Above all, the Crew Leader is responsible for the safety of their crew and ensuring protocols are enforced to create a healthy work environment. A Crew Leader is a key member of the company who participates in ensuring the success of our programs through proper and safe execution and delivery of our services.

Through the UpLift program, Howard EcoWorks provides training in domain skills such as identifying native and non-native plants, construction techniques for environmental restoration projects, proper tool usage and care,and more.  As a workforce development program, the UpLift program also includes soft-skill training and coaching to give one a leg-up on finding a job in the environmental industry.

Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Leads and supervises a crew to properly implement and maintain projects

  • Enforces safety protocols

  • Is required to safely drive the company vehicle(s) and trailer to transport the crew and/or materials to and from job sites

  • Cares for the company vehicles on a daily and weekly basis by adhering to the standard operating procedures

  • Utilizes and looks after the company credit card for purchases of fuel for the company vehicles

  • Ensures the proper use and care of company tools and equipment

  • Ensures the crew performs their tasks skillfully, safely, and in a workmanlike fashion

  • Ensures the crew delivers EcoWorks services timely, efficiently, and of expected quality

  • Manages and reports crew attendance

  • Determine and report crew hours with correct billing codes

  • Reads, interprets, and implements Work Plans, Landscape Designs, and Planting Plans, and uses them to guide the crew to correctly perform the work

  • Determines and assigns daily tasks to the crew

  • Plans, executes, and assesses the day-to-day activities of the crew to ensure adherence to project schedules

  • Oversees clean up of job sites and the proper storage and/or disposal of materials

  • Communicates and documents progress and issues to Landscape Foreman

  • Participates in community outreach and public engagement efforts

  • Assists in construction and maintenance work as needed

  • Directly interact with customers and collect payment for Rent-An-EcoCrew work

  • Adheres to and enforces company protocols surrounding COVID-19, including but not limited to: wearing of masks, checking the temperatures of individuals on a weekly basis, 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

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: $16.25/hr


  • First Aid CPR/AED Training and Certification

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

  • Opportunity to earn a Maryland Erosion and Sediment Control Certificate

  • Professional development opportunities

  • 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

  • Seasonal full-time employees are given one personal day each calendar year and are eligible to use it after 30 continuous days of employment, which may be used in one 8-hour increment or two 4-hour increments

  • Seasonal full-time employees are granted the following paid holidays, to the extent a listed holiday falls within the timeframe of the seasonal contract:

    • New Year’s Day

    • Memorial Day

    • Independence Day

    • Labor Day

    • Thanksgiving Day

    • Christmas Day

  • Option to enroll in the EcoWorks 401(k) plan

Job Timeline:

This is a full-time, seasonal position starting March 9th and running to December 16th, 2022.  Standard field crew hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, with a half-hour unpaid lunch break and 2 paid 15 minute breaks per day. Hours shift in the summer months to 7:00AM to 3:30PM.  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.