JOB DESCRIPTION: UpLift Assistant Crew Leader


Reports to: Crew Leader


Job Overview: 

This is a 9-month opportunity to gain experience with environmental restoration work.   Howard EcoWorks also provides training in various soft-skills as well as coaching to give one a leg-up on finding a job in the environmental industry.  The Assistant Crew Leader supports the Landscape Foreman and/or Crew Leader.  In the absence of at least a Crew Leader, the Assistant Crew Leader would take charge of a crew.  As such, an Assistant Crew Leader will participate in leading, supervising, and instructing Crew Members in the construction of rain gardens, conservation landscapes, and other stormwater management practices, as well as leading the crew in performing landscaping maintenance, invasive plant removal, stream cleanup, and more.  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.  On a crew, the Assistant Crew Leader is the designated Safety Officer.  When a subset of the crew is deployed for Rent-An-EcoCrew work, the Assistant Crew Leader may be in charge of the work and the Crew Member(s), and will be expected to directly interact with the customers.  The results of what a crew does needs to be on time, on budget, and meet or exceed quality expectations.  The Landscape Foreman, and when applicable, the Crew Leader, ensures that the crew meets those objectives in performing their work; an Assistant Crew Leader has a supporting role in achieving the ends.  An Assistant Crew Leader also does their part to motivate their team and participates in the professional development of the Crew Members.  


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 on crew

    • Reminding 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

  • Person in charge of Crew Member(s) for Rent-An-EcoCrew work, and directly interacts with customers

  • 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 in a company vehicle

  • 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, Landscape Designs, and Planting Plans and ensure proper installations and execution of services

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

  • Oversee clean up 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 as needed.

  • Community outreach and public engagement 

  • Adhere to company protocols surrounding COVID-19, including but not limited to: wearing of masks, weekly temperature checks, social distancing while traveling in vehicles and working in close proximity, and proactive communication of symptoms to supervisors.

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 with 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

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

  • Must be dependable

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Passion and/or interest in the outdoors

  • Previous experience working outdoors or in landscaping

  • Flexible with changes in day to day tasks


Wage: $14.00/hr


  • Paid sick leave - 1 hour of Paid Sick Leave accumulated for every 30 hours worked

  • Option to enroll in the EcoWorks 401(k) plan

  • Opportunity to earn a Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional-Associate certificate 

  • Development opportunities including internal advancement to leadership positions

  • 6 paid holidays

Job Timeline:

This is a full-time, seasonal position, with hourly wages, that begins on March 15th and works through December 10th, 2021. Crew hours in the Spring and the Fall are Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM (during the summer, hours shift to 7 AM to 3:30 PM), with a half-hour unpaid lunch break. There will be a planned break in the work schedule for 5 days  during June 14th - June 18th 2021. Other breaks in the work schedule may occur due to inclement weather or other circumstances.  Weekend work opportunities may be available but are not mandatory.  Work is weather-dependent but training and professional development opportunities may be offered on bad-weather days.

Howard EcoWorks

9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Suite 309

Columbia, MD 21046 


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