Our Core Production Staff
Crew Members are the core of our production teams. As a Design & Installation Crew Member, you'll work with a team under the direction of your Crew Supervisor to build custom landscapes from in-house designs. No two properties and no two projects will be the same, making each new design a job awaiting your creative signature.
You and your team will be responsible for providing a wide range of installation services, running the gamut from softscapes (new plantings and plant care for existing landscapes) to hardscapes (outdoor living elements, grading and water management) and other custom elements.
As a Crew Member, you'll be asked to support your Crew Supervisor in implementing custom landscape designs. Duties include:
Softscape installations, including perennials, shrubs, trees and ornamental plants.
Small hardscape installations, including patios, walkways, retaining walls and other durable landscapes.
Operators needed. This crew will require the use of material handlers, excavators and other small equipment.
This is a construction crew. Digging, lifting, hauling, raking & other hands-on labor will be routine.
The use of varied and sometimes specialized tools will be required, depending on the project.
Scheduled maintenance of crew trucks and equipment.
Scheduled upkeep of office grounds and garage.
Creating new landscapes isn't about filling a space with plants or patios. Our custom outdoor designs are meant to capture inspiration from our clients. As a design & installation Crew Member, you and your team will bring that inspiration to life.
Residential builds are the core of our installation business. You may find yourself tearing out an entire aged landscape, creating a whole-house design for new properties or tending to legacy landscapes with subtle but important touches -- all in the same week.
Versatility and creativity are key. Our design & installation teams work with a wide range of tools, earth materials and equipment to create custom outdoor designs our customers will love.
Each day will be an opportunity to learn and advance.
We require that all our Crew Members are able to meet basic criteria, including:
Ability to lift 30 pounds regularly.
Ability to lift up to 80 pounds occasionally and in a safe manner.
Ability to operate powered landscape equipment, including mowers, trimmers, blowers & other basic equipment.
Ability to operate larger powered machinery, including material handlers, small excavators and other landscape equipment.
Adherence to safety standards & commitment to regular use of personal protective equipment.
Reliable transportation to and from work.
A willingness to work in adverse weather, at irregular hours and in fast-changing conditions.
A commitment to working well in a team, observing all reasonable responsibilities as part of the job.
Prior landscaping experience a plus, but hands-on training is available for motivated newcomers.
Compensation & Benefits
Crew Members are our entry-level workers, but there's no better place to start working your way up the ladder. Heading into 2019, our entire management staff started in production as Crew Members or Assistant Supervisors. Those who are willing to learn and able to exceed expectations can quickly earn promotions and new benefits.
Other benefits include:
$14 hourly starting wage, with opportunity to start higher based on experience and abilities.
Employee Referral Program | Staff can earn up to $700 in bonuses for each successful referral hire.
Free uniforms & basic pruning tools.
Free PPE | Safety glasses, high-visibility vests & earplugs.
Paid travel time between jobs.
Reimbursement available for continuing education and green industry certifications.
Where You’ll Fit In
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Our entry-level position, laborers work regular seasonal hours in our maintenance and design/build teams. An ability to work with different crew leaders in season-specific jobs is key. Experienced laborers with a knack for problem solving are our first choice for new hires as crew leaders or in other management roles.
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Assistant Crew Supervisor
Our assistant crew leaders work closely with the crew leader/foreman to assist and direct laborers and job needs. Will work to create familiarity with our most prominent properties and all equipment. Assistant Crew Leaders can move quickly into roles as drivers and crew leaders.
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Crew Supervisor / Foreman
Crew Leaders are the first rung in the management ladder. Our crew leaders work closely with laborers, operations managers and our clients to help take the work from designed to done. Crew Leaders are eligible for benefits including health insurance and paid time off, as well as assistance in earning green industry certifications. Strong knowledge of equipment, industry standard practices and a driver’s license are essential.
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Operations Managers have broad responsibilities in production, management and customer relations. An ability to oversee projects from the design phase to completion & customer follow-up is a must, as is providing production staff with the material and guidance they need to complete work on time. Eligible for health insurance, company vehicle and other benefits, these positions require an ability to complete multiple production and management tasks at once.
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Account managers are the first point of contact for our clients. The success of our company is founded on customer service, and those in this position maintain our reputation by understanding our clients’ needs and concerns and relaying relevant information to the production staff. Eligible for all available benefits and bonus programs and continuing education assistance in green industry programs. Significant hands-on industry experience and formal landscape education required.
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Join the team that grows! We know it’s not enough to just offer a paycheck, and that’s why we offer careers our employees can take charge of.
We offer clear and specific career paths in our landscape maintenance and design & build teams, and work closely with our full-time staff to see that they can work their way up into new roles with greater responsibilities and benefits.
We always work to promote from within, making sure that a career at Sylvan Gardens is a lasting and fulfilling one. Start yours today by learning more about our roles and opportunities.
Are you interested in a career in the green industry? Browse our current openings in our landscape maintenance and design/build divisions below.