Sustainable Landscaping Position

Hiring Organization: Creating Sustainable Landscapes, LLC
Employment type: Seasonal
Job Location: Novi, MI
Application Deadline: January 31, 2019

Our Mission

Help our clients achieve restorative and beautiful landscapes

Our Vision

Save the planet one property at a time

Core Values

  1. Land ethic
  2. Customer service
  3. Integrity
  4. Communication
  5. Quality
  6. Value

Job Duties

The majority of the job duties is the physical labor of building and managing perennial gardens, rain gardens, prairie gardens, lawn alternatives, natural shorelines, and other sustainable landscape features using native plants. This work can be considered moderate physical activity, especially when done day after day. You will learn the everyday, on the ground methods of how to design and build these features and be given the opportunity to provide input into decision making.

You may be required to apply herbicides to prepare the ground for installation or for management.

If you are a landscape architect student, you might get to do a couple drawings you can use in your portfolio. Other leadership opportunities exist depending on level of knowledge, skill, and trust.

You will have the opportunity to learn from other crew members in related and different sustainability disciplines.

Time Frame

The season begins the week after the semester concludes and ends toward the end of August. Depending on where you live, you will either start your day in Novi or at the job site. Thus, transportation is a requirement. The workday is typically around 6 hours, sometimes shorter, sometimes longer. Work is scheduled when the weather is good, and projects are available. You can take one week of unpaid vacation and expect up to 300-350 hours of work during the summer.


  1. Be an undergrad or graduate student in a sustainability field
  2. Be physically fit enough to do moderate physical labor during summer days
  3. Have experience manipulating physical objects
  4. Work ethic, team player, leadership abilities, somewhat rebellious


$15 per hour base, perhaps more depending on educational attainment and other skills and experience.

How to Apply

Apply by email to by January 31, 2019

Include your resume and a cover letter explaining why you want the job and what you can contribute.

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