UPLIFT Crew Leader Assistant
Seasonal, Full-Time or Part-Time Position

Reports to: Crew Leader

Job Overview: 

The UpLift Assistant Crew Leader supports the Landscape Foreman and Crew Leader in leading a team of several field employees to provide environmental services,  which will mostly consist of forest restoration work maintaining established stream restoration projects- manual removal of invasive species, reinforcing trees shelters, collecting litter from sites, and documenting findings from within the site. Other work may include the maintenance of landscaping projects such as tree plantings, conservation landscapes, rain gardens, and bioretentions, removing debris from waterways following major storm events, and more. Working with the Crew Leader and operational staff, the Assistant Crew Leader helps to ensure that work plans are implemented and that the crew meets the specified objectives in performing their work.  In the absence of a Crew Leader, the Assistant Crew Leader would take charge by leading, supervising, and instructing Crew Members to stay on time and meet quality standards.  They are the crew’s designated Safety Officer, ensuring proper precautions are taken on site. Though an Assistant Crew Leader is not expected to handle disciplinary matters, if the situation warrants immediate corrective measures in the absence of a Crew Leader or Landscape Foreman, such as for safety matters, an Assistant Crew Leader may take reasonable action, which may include escalating issues to higher level management.  An Assistant Crew Leader is an essential part of the company who motivates their team and 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 so forth.  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:

  • Acts as leader of a Crew in the absence of a Landscape Foreman or Crew Leader

  • Is the designated Safety Officer of a crew

    • Reporting incidents (injury and non-injury)

    • Reminding the crew about daily safety considerations for the work at hand

    • Responsible for making sure water and ice is in the cooler

    • Enforcing PPE usage and COVID guidelines

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

  • 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 them on company business

  • Caring for the company vehicle(s) on a daily and weekly basis while assisting the Crew Leader or Landscape Foreman with vehicle inspection reports when necessary

  • 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

  • Helps with leading and supervising a crew in absence of at least a Crew Leader to properly implement and maintain projects

  • Ensure that Crew Members perform their tasks skillfully, safely, and in a timely fashion

  • Read and implement Work Plans to ensure proper execution of services

  • Determine and assign daily tasks to Crew Members should a Landscape Foreman or Crew Leader be unavailable

  • Oversee cleanup of job sites and proper storage and/or disposal of materials

  • Communicate progress and issues to Landscape Foreman or Crew Leader as appropriate

  • Assist in construction and maintenance work as needed

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 have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record

  • Must meet our required level of proficiency for driving a truck and trailer safely

  • 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 of the

  • Must be dependable

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Passion and/or interest in the outdoors

  • Previous experience working outdoors or in landscaping

  • Experience driving a truck and trailer desirable

  • Flexible with changes in day-to-day tasks

  • May need to use their personal vehicle during the course of work.  Mileage is reimbursed at the then-applicable IRS rates

Wages:  $16/hr 


  • Professional development including career development, tool safety, environmental literacy and various green infrastructure certifications as well as exposure to a variety of environmentally-related careers and networking 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 ideally a full-time position. Longer contracts and/or part-time positions can be negotiated.

  • Standard field crew hours are Monday through Friday from 7AM to 3:30 PM, with a half-hour unpaid lunch break and 2 paid 15 minute breaks per day

  • Weekend work opportunities may be available but are not mandatory.


Questions can be directed to Campbell Shepard, Program Manager @ CShepard@howardecoworks.org