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Employment

The quality of our people is reflected in the quality of our projects. We are always looking for professional, passionate, and motivated landscapers to join our team, whether you are starting a new career or have years of experience. If you are interested or have experience in installing pavers and retaining walls; planting trees, shrubs, and perennials; constructing water features; and installing landscape lighting, we would like to hear from you.

We appreciate the hard work of our landscape professionals. We believe that they deserve a living wage and start our pay scale at $15/hour with no experience. We offer many other benefits including: a set work schedule, 50 hours of holiday pay for all employees, up to 80 additional hours of paid time off for eligible employees, weekly pay, direct deposit, time and half overtime pay, paid training, retirement plan with 3% match for eligible employees, opportunities for advancement, and more.

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Available Positions


Landscape Craftsman

Niles, MI

Landscape Craftsman requires a minimum of 2 years experience working on landscape projects. You must also demonstrate a 70% or more mastery of the skills needed to complete hardscape, water, lighting, and planting projects. We will consider relevant skills and experience gained from the building trades or farm/agricultural jobs towards the minimum requirements.

As Landscape Craftsman you will gain the skills to become the right-hand man to the Landscape Foreman. You will take responsibility for some parts of a landscape project as you continue to develop your skills as a landscaper. Landscape Craftsman is for both those that want to stay in place as right-hand men and those that want to move into project management/leadership.    

Here are the skills we expect you to have on day one:

  • 2 years experience and/or a great starting package of skills
  • Knowledge of and able to implement the processes to complete components of landscape projects
  • Able to adjust to new processes and learn their required skills
  • Communicate clearly and effectively with others
  • Able to learn company culture and apply it each day at the job site
  • Have a valid driver's license with a clean driving record
  • Pass a physical to get a medical card for driving company vehicles
  • Other duties as assigned

This is a full time, benefits eligible position that starts at $20/hour.


Landscape Installer

Niles, MI

No experience? No problem! Landscape Installer is the starting point for those looking to join the landscape industry. This position is all about learning and repeating the building processes to get really good at what you do. Plus, you’ll learn how to properly and safely use all sorts of cool equipment from small hand tools to big trucks.

Here are the skills we expect you to have on day one:

  • Know how to read a tape measure
  • Able to do basic math - add, subtract, multiply, and divide
  • Have a valid driver's license with a clean driving record
  • Pass a physical to get a medical card for driving company vehicles
  • A desire to learn
  • Able to work smart and hard
  • Likes to work as part of a small team (typically 1-3 people)
  • Other duties as assigned

This is a full time, benefits eligible position that starts at $15/hour.


Landscape Crew Foreman

Niles, MI

Landscape Crew Foreman requires a minimum of 5 years experience working and leading a crew installing landscape projects. You must also demonstrate a 90% or more mastery of the skills needed to complete hardscape, water, lighting, and planting projects. We will consider relevant skills and experience gained from the building trades or farm/agricultural jobs towards the minimum requirements.

Here are the skills we expect you to have on day one:                 

  • 5 years experience and/or a great starting package of skills
  • Able to run equipment and use technology when appropriate
  • Build a project in components, not the whole thing at once
  • Read prints and documents that specify various components of a job
  • Problem solve small to medium job site issues
  • Bring larger issues and your solutions to the salesperson or owner  
  • Communicate clearly and effectively with crew members, co-workers, the owner, and others outside the company
  • Lead, train, and hold accountable a landscape crew to complete projects on time and budget
  • Learn and apply the company culture
  • Have a valid driver's license with a clean driving record
  • Pass a physical to get a medical card for driving company vehicles
  • Other duties as assigned

This is a full time, benefits eligible position that starts at $22/hour.


Landscape Apprentice

Niles, MI

If you’ve done some landscape work, but still have some learning to do, Landscape Apprentice may be the right position for you. This position continues the duties of the Landscape Laborer, as you continue to build your skills to become a Landscape Craftsman. As a Landscape Apprentice, you will learn how to safely and correctly operate the gas, diesel, and electrical equipment used to complete each project.     

Here are the skills we expect you to have on day one:

  • Some landscape experience or similar skills
  • A desire to continue to learn
  • Focus on completing assigned tasks safely and doing things right the first time
  • However, willing to accept mistakes and move forward
  • Communicate clearly and effectively with others
  • Have a valid driver's license with a clean driving record
  • Pass a physical to get a medical card for driving company vehicles
  • Other duties as assigned

This is a full time, benefits eligible position that starts at $17/hour.


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