POSITION: Landscape Designer - PT 
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Services Sought

HEW is seeking landscape design services primarily for rain gardens and conservation landscapes to treat stormwater runoff.  Primary implementation will be in residential settings, both individual homeowner and Homeowner Association common areas, and occasionally in institutional settings, such as faith-based institutions, and commercial applications.  Design elements that would be included on the plans include:

  • Standard elements – designer name, date, north arrow, scale, and distance/relation to existing features

  • Drainage area to project, impervious surface area, garden area and ponding specification, if applicable – this information will already have been determined and will be provided to the designer to put on the plans

  • Locations of berms, inlet and outlet, where applicable

  • Conveyance between gardens, if applicable

  • Underdrain specifications, if applicable – if an underdrain is needed, this information will be provided to the designer

  • Soil amendment / soil replacement specifications (existing soil type and percolation test results will be provided to the designer)

  • Material estimates for soil amendments, rock and mulch

  • Planting plan using native species, preferable species in-stock at HEW’s native plant nursery or obtainable by HEW from an established list of vendors

  • Other items as determined by best professional judgement for the preparation of rain garden and conservation landscape design plans


  • Horticultural, Landscape Design or related education and/or experience    

  • Knowledge of and experience with Mid-Atlantic local native and invasive plants

  • Self-starter, motivated and professional

  • Driver’s license and own transportation (mileage reimbursed for part-time employee

  • Preference for plans drafted with industry standard programs such as AutoCAD, Adobe, Sketch-Up, Smart Draw, etc.

  • Ability to respond to request for design services within 10 days for a site visit and produce a design within 3 weeks


Hours and Compensation

  • Part-time employment hours are variable from 10-20 hours/week with compensation from $15.40 – $21.75/hour, depending on experience, and including a pro-rated benefits package and office space.

  • Part-time employee will lay out garden and conduct periodic site insurrections during installation.


Criteria for Selection

Both on-call contractual and part-time employee applicants will be evaluated based on the following factors:

  • Professionalism of application and submission

  • Clarity and attention to detail of submitted drawings and design plans

  • Noted ability to respond to requests for services and meet established timelines

  • Knowledge of small Best Management Practices (BMPs), particularly rain gardens and conservation landscapes

  • Communication ability, professionalism and quality of interview


Proposal Requirements

All interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and portfolio containing 1-3 example design plans.  The cover letter should include the following information:

  • That the application is for part-time employment

  • Requested compensation

  • Expected start date

  • Notification of an extended absence periods expected between the start date and Nov, 2018


Closing Date:

Attach the items listed in Proposal Requirements by 5/4/2018 through the application below.  

Program Overview

Howard EcoWorks (HEW) designs, installs and maintains small best management practices, primarily rain gardens and conservation landscapes. These projects are installed through HEW’s workforce development programs, primarily Restoring the Environment and Developing Youth (READY). HEW’s environmental goals focus on stormwater management, habitat restoration and watershed restoration. HEW is seeking landscape design services in the following forms: on-call contractual and part-time employment.


Company Introduction

HEW’s mission is to empower an under-served workforce to respect and restore our natural systems for future generations.  HEW’s service area is Howard County, MD and the office is located in Columbia, MD. HEW is led by a Board of Directors, staff of three and offers temporary seasonal employment for up to 24 individuals through READY.  HEW has installed over 100 small best management practices (BMPs) throughout Howard County over the past 6 years and provides direct service to Howard County Government for maintenance of County-owned open space and restoration projects.


Existing Capacity

Staff and skills existing at HEW include:


  • Lori Lilly, Executive Director - Lori has been with the READY program since 2014.  She originally came on as Operations Manager and became the Project Manager in September, 2015.  During her tenure with READY, she worked with the County to establish a native plant nursery at the Howard County Department of Corrections, developed and implemented a debris management program in the Ellicott City streams to help prevent flooding, and led the formation of Howard EcoWorks to ensure READY's long term sustainability in the County and provide leadership for social and environmental change.  From 2006-2009, Lori directed an NGO and implemented watershed restoration projects in Oregon.  From 2009-2014, she worked for the Center for Watershed Protection as a Watershed Ecologist / Planner.   Lori owned and operated her own environmental consulting business from 2014-2017.  Lori has a B.S. In Natural Resource Management and M.S. in Marine Estuarine and Environmental Science.

  • Brooke A. Abercrombie, Workforce Manager - Brooke joined Howard EcoWorks as Workforce Manager in March 2018. She possesses an A.A. in Liberal Arts, a B.S. in mathematics with a minor in secondary education, and an MBA. Though originally from Baltimore, Maryland, she has been a resident of Howard County since 1971. 

  • Alex Nussbaum, Restoration and Outreach Coordinator – Alex joined the Howard EcoWorks team in December of 2017. He has a BS in Environmental Policy and Planning from Virginia Tech. He has lived and worked in numerous communities helping to organize, facilitate, and implement ecological restoration and adaptation projects both domestically and around the world. Alex is originally from Howard County and has lived in the area for over 15 years.


Further questions, please contact: 

Howard EcoWorks

c/o Brooke Abercrombie

9770 Patuxent Woods Dr., Ste. 309

Columbia, MD, 21046



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