The Greening of Detroit - Crew Leader
Detroit, MI
$12-14 per hour, based on experience
Full-time, Hourly; Seasonal (Approx. Mar/Apr - Nov/Dec)

The Greening of Detroit is seeking Crew Leaders for the 2019 season. A Crew Leader’s primary responsibility is to ensure the safe, efficient and successful completion of a variety of tasks each day. Each Crew Leader will complete physical work, some administrative duties, and lead one or more crew members on a daily basis.

All Crew Leaders must have a valid driver’s license and the ability to obtain a chauffeur's license. The ideal candidate has: High School Diploma/GED and two years of work experience. Candidates with an Associates or Bachelor degree are also encouraged to apply. Well qualified candidates will have: MIOSHA certification, plant ID, experience operating a manual transmission and skid steer, experience with typical landscape equipment (riding mower, weed whip, backpack blower, chainsaw, brush hog, truck and trailer operation). All positions require ability to lift 50 pounds and ability to work in all weather conditions.

Crew Leader positions available: 1. Green Infrastructure - Community tree plantings, plant installation and detailed projects; 2. Landscape Services - Residential and commercial lawn care, and leaf removal; 3. Tree Nursery - Maintenance and operation of large scale tree farm and land clearing.

A typical day for Green Infrastructure Crew Leader can include: Start time and location variable depending on what the crew is doing for the day. Expect to work on Saturdays in the spring and fall. Projects that the GI crew will be a part of include: large scale landscape installations, community tree plantings, tree maintenance, creating bioswales and rain gardens, creating wildflower meadows, working at a tree nursery and other miscellaneous department tasks. Candidate should have landscaping experience, be handy, and ready to adapt to changes that happen in the field.

A typical day for Landscape Services Crew Leader can include: Reporting to The Greening of Detroit garage as early as 6:30 a.m.; Assessing a list of up to 20+ tasks (mowing, leaf removal, hedging, brush removal, etc.); Checking in with program administrator; Loading the correct equipment; Safely driving truck with attached trailer; Managing multiple pieces of equipment; Troubleshooting equipment in the field; Meeting customer needs while on site; Adapting to and reporting changes in plan; Hands-on work to complete all tasks alongside Crew Member; Documenting work done with digital photographs and notes; Returning all gear to the garage. This crew typically will work four ten-hour days each week with one held as a potential rain day. Smart phone required.

A typical day for Tree Nursery Crew Leader can include: Reporting to the garage in the morning typically at 8 a.m. or earlier depending on the project. Occasional Saturdays are expected in the Spring and Fall. Tasks at the nursery include: Installing and tending tree stock, mowing, weed whipping, hand weeding, watering, and tree removal using a chainsaw. Applicant should have experience and feel comfortable with a chainsaw and various types of mowers. Irrigation and horticultural knowledge is a plus. Regular volunteer groups come out to the nursery for plantings, so applicant should feel comfortable working with the public.


All positions will include other duties as requested by supervisor or department director. All crews will collaborate on projects as needed. Send Resume & Cover Letter to dave@greeningofdetroit.com. Or apply online here. Please call 313-285-1251 with any questions. Posted January 10, 2019.