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Watershed Action Team

Howard EcoWorks is seeking five Watershed Action Team (WAT) Members with a strong interest and/or career track in environmental and related fields to study, assess, plan and implement and maintain watershed projects. In addition to conducting strategic watershed-related work, Team Members will provide direct service to Howard County Government Departments to construct and maintain environmental projects; respond to, engage and educate communities on environmental protection and restoration; and implement Howard EcoWorks’ fee for service program to private citizens.

For 2017/2018, the WAT will focus on the Tiber Hudson subwatershed that drains to Historic Ellicott City and which has a history of flooding, the most recent and devastating flood being on 7/30/2016. The WAT will review existing plans, reports and strategies related to the watershed. WAT will conduct assessments to help fill data gaps. WAT will use existing information and data collected from assessments to develop an outreach strategy to the community for in-ground and behavior change projects. WAT will conduct outreach to homeowner associations and private landowners to complete identified projects. Projects that remain and not completed by WAT at the end of their term, will be completed by the 2018/2019 summer Restoring the Environment and Development Youth (READY) program. WAT members will be certified as Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professionals and receive training in stream assessments, neighborhood assessments, site assessments, proposal preparation, project planning and Best Management Practice (BMP) maintenance and implementation.

For more information about the job and application process, review the full WAT job description HERE.  Contact Nicole McDaniels, nmcdaniels@howardecoworks.org or 443-518-7668, for more information.

Restoring the Environment and Developing Youth (READY)

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

Recent News

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  • 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
  • First Landscapes For Life Class Graduated at Howard County Dept of Corrections We were really excited to graduate our first Landscape for Life class at the Howard County Department of Corrections.  The group learned sustainable gardening practices over a course of (5 ...
    Posted Apr 14, 2017, 11:50 AM by Howard Ecoworks
  • READY is hiring! Applications for the summer READY program are open!  We're looking for young people 16-26 years old who wish to make a difference in the Howard County community, work ...
    Posted Mar 15, 2017, 1:49 PM by Howard Ecoworks
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