Landscape Designer

Part-time / Full-time


Reports to: Executive Director


Job Overview:

The Landscape Designer (LD) develops landscape designs for various types of projects, including but not limited to rain gardens, conservation landscapes, tree planting, rainwater harvesting, and other small best management practices. The LD provides outreach and education to promote the services offered by Howard EcoWorks to residential homeowners, residential community management and homeowners associations, and organizations. The LD manages projects from initial customer contact through feasibility assessment, design, construction, post-project performance, tracking, and record-keeping. The LD provides guidance to crews to ensure that projects are implemented according to the specifications of the respective designs and achieve budget targets. The LD performs other duties as assigned.


Responsibilities & Duties:​

Work with landowners, homeowner associations, nonprofits, and government agencies to develop and implement water quality improvement, habitat restoration, invasive species management, stormwater management, and maintenance projects.

Perform consultations and site assessments to determine parameters and specifications of projects and create written and illustrated project recommendations with a focus on highlighting EcoWorks services.

Provide customer project proposals, which include a project concept map and written description with square footage, basic information about practice types, cost estimates, sample project photographs, and information regarding ongoing maintenance.

Design rain gardens, conservation landscapes, or other practices with appropriate detail such as:

  • Drainage area addressed, the impervious surface area treated, garden area and ponding specification, if applicable.

  • Locations of berms, inlet, and outlet, where applicable.

  • Conveyance between gardens, if applicable.

  • Underdrain specifications, if applicable. 

  • Soil amendment/soil replacement specifications based on soil tests. 

  • Material estimates for soil amendments, rock, mulch, pipes, and other materials.

  • Planting plan using native species, developed in consultation with EcoWorks’ Nursery Manager.

  • Other items as determined by a best professional judgment for the preparation of design plans.

  • Support and coordinate with the Nursery Manager for plant acquisitions and substitutions.

  • Ensure designs are implemented professionally and according to specification by doing the following:

  • Review design with the crew and crew leadership and participate in developing a project plan. 

  • Visit project sites throughout construction to provide oversight and manage quality control. 

  • Assess project sites at critical points during construction and advise of any adjustments that need to be made to finalize the project as designed and budgeted.

  • Prepare as-built construction drawings and planting plans.

  • Record and report on relevant data following the completion of projects including actual project costs and final specifications.

  • Complete post-project performance assessment and troubleshoot.

Required Qualifications:​

  • 2-3 years of horticultural, landscape design, or related experience, including construction oversight of design plans

  • Project management experience   

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

  • Knowledge of Mid-Atlantic ecology and habitats

  • Familiarity with stormwater best management practices (BMP) and knowledge of MS4 permit requirements

  • Able to organize and manipulate GIS or related data and data structures for measurement, making calculations and presenting information

  • Self-starter, motivated and professional

  • Demonstrated customer management experience

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

  • Passion and ability to engage, coordinate and educate the community and work crews on environmental topics and hands-on techniques in the field

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including presentation ability

  • Excellent leadership, collaboration, and team skills

  • Ability to multitask, prioritize and respond to internal and external stakeholders in a timely manner

  • Organized with attention to detail

  • Driver’s license and own transportation (mileage reimbursed at then-current IRS rate)

Desired Qualifications:​

  • Advanced project and budget management experience

  • Certification as Chesapeake Bay Landscaping Professional Level I and II

  • Experience with ArcGIS for project tracking



  • $22-25/hr

  • Access to a health benefits plan after 30 days of employment

  • Holidays and Paid Time Off

  • Professional development opportunities


Please send a cover letter and resume to Lori Lilly, Executive Director

Howard EcoWorks is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourages applications from minority candidates.


Equal Opportunity Employer: Recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce is a high priority at Howard EcoWorks. HEW does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, military, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, age, citizenship or any other basis prohibited by law in any of its policies or programs.