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Restoration & Outreach Coordinator

Howard EcoWorks (HEW) is a non-profit organization in Columbia, MD. HEW’s mission is to develop a workforce to undertake environmental projects in Howard County, MD. HEW is seeking a Restoration & Outreach Coordinator to facilitate and oversee the construction and maintenance of best management practices. The projects are focused on water quality improvement and habitat restoration and include: invasive species management, rain garden and bioretention construction and maintenance; conservation landscape construction and maintenance, and tree planting projects among others. Project implementation is conducted largely with HEW’s workforce programs Restoring the Environment and Developing Youth (READY) and Watershed Action Team (WAT). The Restoration & Outreach Coordinator will also oversee strategic watershed-related work, direct services provided to Howard County Government for the construction and maintenance of County stormwater projects; respond to, engage and educate communities on environmental protection and restoration efforts; and implement Howard EcoWorks’ fee for service program.

For more information about the job and application process, review the full job description HERE. Contact Lori Lilly, llilly@howardecoworks.org or 443-518-7666, for more information.

Restoring the Environment and Developing Youth (READY)

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Restoring the Environment and Developing Youth (READY) is a program working to create green jobs for young adults (16 to 25 years old) in Howard County while improving watershed health through the construction and maintenance of stormwater and habitat management projects. 

The program was formed in 2011 as a result of the economic recession that created difficult employment conditions, particularly for young people.  At the same time, the County had also being required to accelerate the implementation of stormwater management practices to meet State and regional water quality goals.  The partners - Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Howard County and People Acting Together in Howard - came together to form the summer READY program.

READY members are trained in the design and installation of green stormwater practicess such as rain gardens, maintenance of public and private installations, and stormwater assessment techniques. They receive job skills training and are exposed to local and regional environmental issues.

Hiring for summer Crew Members, Assistant Crew Leaders and Crew Leaders begins in late spring.   Applications for the 2017 summer are closed.  Descriptions of the jobs can be found below.  Contact Nicole McDaniels, nmcdaniels@howardecoworks.org, for more information.

READY Crew Leader:


READY Crew Leaders instruct, supervise, and lead a crew of 5 Crew Members throughout their daily work activities. These activities include construction of rain gardens and conservation landscapes, maintenance, invasive plant removals, stream cleanups, and more. Crew Leaders are expected to communicate clearly with operational and administrative staff to facilitate the coordination and logistics of daily work. Crew Leaders are paid a wage of $14/hr.


  • Must be at least 21 years old and have worked for the READY program at least 1 previous season
  • Must have a valid Maryland Drivers License
  • Demonstrate a strong sense of leadership, maturity, punctuality, good communication skills, and good decision making skills. 

READY Crew Leader Assistant:


The READY Crew Leader Assistant position is new for the Summer 2017 program. Crew Leader Assistants will work with their Crew Leader to assist them in any way they need. Tasks typical to a Crew Leader Assistant include but are not limited to: daily work updates, delegating work to Crew Members, communicating with the operation staff, and taking over the daily responsibilities of the Crew Leader in the event of their absence. Assistant Crew Leaders are paid a wage of $12/hr.


  • Must be at least 18 years old and have worked for the READY program at least 1 previous season
  • Must have a valid Maryland Drivers License

READY Crew Member:


READY Crew Members are the heart and soul of the READY Program. Crew Members work in teams of 5 under the direction of their Crew Leaders to construct and maintain rain gardens and conservation landscapes around Howard County. Crew Members also engage in other exciting environmental work  such as tree plantings, tree maintenance, invasive removals,  stream clean ups, and much more.  Crew Members are paid a wage of $10/hr.


  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Must have a reliable form of transportation to get to work each morning

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  • Native Plant Fall Sale! Howard EcoWorks is selling our excess native plant stock!  Great pricing for bulk purchases!  Help put these native plants into their forever homes in your community!  Community / restoration projects are ...
    Posted Nov 6, 2017, 9:38 AM by Howard Ecoworks
  • Historic Ellicott City Channel Maintenance Brandt Dirmeyer, Watershed Action Team-member, 6 Oct 2017From Monday, October 2nd to Thursday, October 5th, the Watershed Action Team, a new program of Howard Ecoworks funded and supported ...
    Posted Oct 16, 2017, 5:58 AM by Howard Ecoworks
  • Greenleaf Bioretention Howard EcoWorks constructed our first bioretention facility in the Greenleaf neighborhood in Columbia. The facility was designed by Howard Soil Conservation District in 2015. Funding was obtained from the Chesapeake ...
    Posted Jun 20, 2017, 10:12 AM by Howard Ecoworks
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