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UPLIFT Crew Member

Seasonal, Full-Time or Part-Time

Reports to: Crew Leader

Job Overview: 

The UpLift program at Howard EcoWorks provides training in domain skills such as identifying native and non-native plants, construction techniques for environmental restoration projects, and proper tool usage and care. As a workforce development program, the UpLift program includes a structured professional development curriculum to prepare participants best for their careers’ next steps providing industry exposure events in the environmental industry, career coaching and mentoring, and certificates in the environmental installation sector (CBLP-A, Red Cross First Aid, OSHA-10). The goal of this program is to guide participants in the discovery of their personalized career paths and provide participants with the tools to be able to successfully navigate the professional environment.


Crew Members will be an essential part of the field team providing environmental services, including the installation and maintenance of landscaping projects such as tree plantings, bayscapes, and rain gardens, performing maintenance of stream restoration sites, removing debris from waterways, and more. With direction from the Forman and their Crew Leader, Crew Members will learn how to work as a team to successfully install and maintain stormwater practices in the Chesapeake Bay region.


Field Responsibilities 

  • Learn and implement season-specific maintenance techniques

  • Manual removal of invasive species and maintenance of woodland sites

  • Debris removal from local streams

  • Construction and maintenance of environmental landscaping practices such as conservation landscapes, rain gardens, native tree plantings

  • Properly use, store, and care for all equipment, tools, materials

Program Responsibilities 

  • Participation in ½ Day and full-day professional development (PDD) and industry exposure events

  • Responsive to email, text, and other program updates in a timely fashion 

  • Career coaching follow-up responsibilities including writing and research that may need to be completed outside of work hours


Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years of age

  • Able to work in a variety of outdoor settings including forests and streams

  • Able to work in all types of weather including but not limited to wind, rain, and other inclement weather

  • Able to follow verbal instructions

  • Able to work with a team as well as independently, as directed

  • Able to physically stand, bend, squat, and lift up to 50 pounds

  • Must have reliable transportation to initial meeting location, 9770 Patuxent Woods Dr, Columbia MD


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Passion and/or interest in working outdoors

  • Previous experience working outdoors or in landscaping

  • Adaptable, and flexible with changes in day-to-day tasks

  • Self-motivated 

  • Passion for the environment and restoration work

Wages: 2024 $15/hr


  • Paid sick leave - 1 hour of Sick and Safe Leave accumulated for every 30 hours worked, accumulating up to 40 hours per year.  Accrual starts on the first day of employment and one is eligible to use sick and safe leave after the completion of 30 days of employment

  • Seasonal full-time employees are given one personal day eligible after 30 days of continuous employment 

  • Seasonal full-time employees are granted the following paid holidays, to the extent a listed holiday falls within the timeframe of the seasonal contract:

  • New Year’s Day

  • Memorial Day

  • Independence Day

  • Labor Day

  • Thanksgiving Day

  • Christmas Day

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

Job Timeline:

  • This is a full-time, hourly, seasonal position

  • Standard field crew hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM, with a half-hour unpaid lunch break and 2 paid 15-minute breaks per day. 

  • Weekend work opportunities are available but are not mandatory.

  • Work days may be adjusted or canceled for inclement weather events. Indoor training and professional development opportunities may be offered on inclement weather days, when possible.

  • Spring Season Start Date: March 11, 2024

  • Season End Date: August 16, 2024

Interview Process:

  • If your application meets our qualifications; you will receive a confirmation for scheduling an interview.

  • An interview will be conducted by two of our staff members. 

  • You will receive confirmation of decisions 2-3 weeks following your interview. 

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