JOB DESCRIPTION: UpLift Crew Member

Seasonal, Full-Time 

Reports to: Crew Leader

Job Overview: 

A Crew Member will be an essential part of the team in providing environmental services, including the installation and maintenance of landscaping projects such as tree plantings, bayscapes, and rain gardens,  performing maintenance and assessments of stream restoration sites, removing debris from waterways, and more. With direction from their Crew Leader, Assistant Crew Leader, and operational staff, Crew Members will learn how to work as a team to successfully create and manage stormwater practices in the Bay region as well as being exposed to a variety of career opportunities in the environmental and stormwater industries. Through the UpLift program, Howard EcoWorks provides training in domain skills such as identifying native and non-native plants, construction techniques for environmental restoration projects, proper tool usage and care, and so forth.  As a workforce development program, the UpLift program also includes soft-skill training and coaching to give one a leg-up on finding a job in the environmental industry.

 

Responsibilities & Duties:
 

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

  • Learn and implement season specific maintenance techniques for each landscaping practice

  • Manual invasive species management across various sites

  • Inspect local streams after major storm events

  • Remove tree limbs, overgrowth, and other debris from local streams

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

 

Qualifications & Requirements:
 

  • Must be 18 years of age

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

  • Able to work with a team as well as independently

  • Able to physically stand, bend, squat, and lift up to 40 pounds

  • Must have reliable transportation to initial job site

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

 

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: $13.75/hr
 

Benefits:
 

  • Opportunity to earn a Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional-Associate  (CBLP-A) Certificate

  • Opportunity to earn a Maryland Erosion and Sediment Control Certificate

  • Possibility to be provided First Aid CPR/AED Training and Certification

  • Development opportunities including internal advancement to leadership positions

  • 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 each calendar year and are eligible to use it after 30 continuous days of employment, which may be used in one 8-hour increment or two 4-hour increments

  • 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, seasonal position starting ASAP running to December 16th, 2022, although shorter contracts and/or part-time positions can be negotiated.  There is the potential for an extension of contract through the winter months (Dec-Mar) and/or for Spring 2023 season. 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. Hours shift in the late Fall to 8:00AM to 4:30PM. Weekend work opportunities may be available but are not mandatory.  Work in the field is weather-dependent.  Indoor training and professional development opportunities may be offered on bad-weather days.