125 W Melvina St Ste 1, Milwaukee, WI 53212 | 414.272.0242

Employment

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Founded in 1996, Marek Landscaping, LLC is a design-build firm located in Milwaukee, WI that practices sustainable design, construction, and stewardship of the land. With low-impact design methods, we use native plants and natural materials to design and construct ecologically functional systems for aquatic, wetland, prairie, and woodland restorations, shoreline stabilizations, stormwater solutions, green roofs and walls, multi-use trails, and public and private parks and landscapes. Current construction projects include bluff, shoreline, and wetland restorations, and green infrastructure for large public projects,
non-profits, and private residences.

We are a small closely held firm with a community spirit and active culture. We want our team to grow together and we invest in our employees training. We’re especially interested if you share our love of the outdoors, ecology, and quality workmanship along with a strong desire to make a difference. One thing everyone here does share is a passion for something outside themselves, whether it’s for skiing, birding, or music, tree climbing or gardening, biking or community activism.

Available Positions

We are always welcoming candidates that are looking for careers in ecology, land restoration, landscape architecture, and construction. We currently have the following openings. For all positions please send a cover letter and resume to mike@mareklandscaping.com or call us at 414-272-0242 for more information. Thank you!

Restoration Ecologist

We are currently seeking a Restoration Ecologist to:

• Serve as project manager for multi-disciplinary projects, including being the main point of contact, developing and managing project schedule and budget, invoicing clients, directing stewardship staff for completing tasks, conducting internal reviews, and distributing information from the client to the staff.

• Develop estimates, proposals, and bid packages for restoration and land management projects.

• Mentor and provide training and supervision to restoration foreman, field ecologists, and support staff.

• Build and maintain strong client relationships, including proactive and open communication, promotion of services, and coordination of staffing at regional conferences and trade shows.

• Perform environmental assessments, ecological inventories, plant surveys, data analysis, monitoring, and report writing and submission.

• Prepare ecological restoration and land management plans for forests, prairies, savannas, wetlands, and dunes, as well as migratory fish habitat in the estuary environment.

• Act as burn boss and ignition specialist during the conduction of prescribed burns.

• Maintain pesticide certification and guide the safe and environmentally-informed use and management of herbicides, insecticides, and other chemicals.

• Provide training and oversight in all aspects of tree, shrub, and plant management, including removal and the safe operation of chainsaws, brush cutters, and other related equipment.

• Produce GIS mapping to guide management of projects and to provide project updates and reports.

• Assist in the recruitment, hiring, and review of all stewardship staff.

Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s (Master’s preferred) in biology, ecology, natural resource management, environmental science, or related field.

• Minimum 5 years professional experience. Wetland delineation experience a plus.

• Extensive knowledge of local plant taxonomy in Southeastern Wisconsin.

• Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, Google Earth, and QGIS.

• Current Wisconsin Pesticide Applicator License, preferably in categories 3.0, 5.0 and 6.0.

• Prescribed fire training preferred or ability to obtain within one year of hire.

• Effective communication and strong time management skills as well as the ability to work independently and as part of a team, often in a cross-disciplinary manor.

Restoration Foreman

We are currently seeking a Restoration Foreman to:

• Lead, direct, supervise, and work with the Field Ecologists of our Stewardship Crew.

• Manage and conduct aspects of native habitat restoration and riverbank or bluff stabilization projects, including:
– Tree and brush cutting and removal.
– Planting, seeding, soil preparation, and erosion control material installation.
– Invasive plant species control, including mechanical and chemical methods.
– Prescribed burns and other restoration maintenance techniques.
– Monitoring, surveying, or sample collection.

• Operate and maintain or repair skid steers, compact excavators, tractors, power tools, and other specialized equipment.

• Schedule field projects based on priority, especially maintenance contracts, and contact clients ahead of time to inform them of scheduled visits, when appropriate.

• Coordinate and help load/unload materials, tools, and equipment safely and efficiently on a daily basis.

• Track, record, and manage labor hours and material use by you and your crew on projects and report to the appropriate Project Manager and/or the Accounts Manager.

• Coordinate the pickup and delivery of materials or equipment needed for projects.

Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s in biology, ecology, natural resource management, environmental science, or related field.

• Minimum 3 years of experience managing field crews and operating the equipment and machinery mentioned above.

• Ability to read, understand, and communicate landscape plans and specifications.

• Knowledge of local plant taxonomy in Southeastern Wisconsin.

• Valid driver’s license and access to personal vehicle preferred.

• Wisconsin Pesticide Applicator License (Categories 3.0, 5.0, or 6.0) or ability to obtain within first month.

• Prescribed fire training (S-130, S-131, S-190, 2-290, S-234) or ability to obtain within one year of hire.

• Class A CDL license with tanker endorsement or ability to obtain license within 6 months of hire.

• Effective communication and strong time management skills.

• Capability to repeatedly lift a minimum of 50 lbs. and work long hours and during the field season in various outdoor conditions, including heat, humidity, cold, and rain or snow.

Field Ecologist

We are currently seeking a Field Ecologist to:

• Conduct aspects of native habitat restoration projects, including:
– Tree and brush cutting and removal.
– Planting, seeding, soil preparation, and erosion control material installation.
– Invasive plant species control.
– Prescribed burns.
– Monitoring, surveying, or sample collection.

• Load and unload materials, tools, and equipment safely and efficiently on a daily basis.

• Track and record labor hours for timesheet submission.

• Operate or be willing to be trained on the operation of skid steers, compact excavators, tractors, power tools, and other specialized equipment.

• Work independently and as part of a team, following instruction from Restoration Foreman.

• Occasionally participate in landscaping hardscape and softscape projects.

Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s in ecology, natural resource management, environmental science, biology, or related field.

• Effective communication and strong time management skills.

• Capability to work long hours during the field season in various outdoor conditions, including heat, humidity, cold, and rain or snow.

• Ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs. repeatedly through an entire work shift.

• Knowledge of local plant taxonomy in Southeastern Wisconsin.

• Valid driver’s license and access to personal vehicle preferred.

• Wisconsin Pesticide Applicator License or ability to obtain within first month.

• Prescribed fire training (S-130, S-131, S-190, 2-290, S-234) or ability to obtain within one year of hire.

• Class A CDL license with tanker endorsement or ability to obtain license within 6 months of hire.

• Agricultural background a plus.

• Wetland delineation experience a plus.

Landscape Construction Foreman

We are currently seeking a candidate to serve as Landscape Construction Foreman. Job duties include:

• Direct, supervise, and work with field crew.

• Operate skid steers, compact excavators, tractors, Hydro-seeder, power tools, and other specialized equipment.

• Manage and conduct:
– Residential and commercial hardscape and softscape projects including natural stone and precast pavers and retaining walls, pond and fountain installations, planting, seeding, soil preparation, and erosion control material installation.
– Chemical and mechanical weed control.
– Native habitat restoration projects including tree and brush cutting and removal, planting, seeding, soil preparation, and erosion control material installation.

• Manage time, productivity, project budgets, and material record keeping.

• Maintain and repair mechanical and power equipment.

• Load trucks and expedite field crew on daily basis.

• Have a positive attitude most of the time.

Qualifications:

• Minimum of 5 years experience as a landscape foreman managing and conducting residential and commercial hardscape and softscape projects.

• Minimum of 5 years experience operating equipment including skid steers, compact excavators, tractors, chain saws, etc.

• Class A CDL license w/tanker endorsement or ability to obtain license within first month.

• Category 3.0 Lawn and Ornamental Pesticide Applicator certification or ability to obtain certification within first month. Other categories acceptable.

• Ability to identify local ornamental and native plants.

• Ability to read, understand, and communicate landscape plan drawings and specification documents.

• Ability to document labor hours, materials, and equipment used on a project.

• Prescribed burn training a plus.

Landscape Technician

We are currently seeking a Landscape Technician to:

• Work independently and as part of a team, following instruction from Construction Foreman.

• Operate or be willing to learn the proper operation of various tools and equipment: chainsaws, jackhammers, power tools, skid steers, compact excavators, tractors, and other specialized equipment.

• Perform maintenance on tools and equipment: inspections, lubricating, and cleaning.

• Assist with the installation of leading edge residential and commercial hardscape and softscape features:
– Natural stone & paver patios and walkways, retaining walls, green roofs, ponds, fountains, and other water features.
– Planting, seeding, soil preparation, and erosion control material installation.
– Tree pruning and removals and forest management.

• Load and unload materials, tools, and equipment safely and efficiently on a daily basis.

• Have a positive attitude most of the time.

Qualifications:

• Minimum High School Diploma, GED or equivalent. Preferably Associate’s or Bachelor’s in Horticulture, Landscape Design, Construction, or related field.

• Have a valid Wisconsin driver’s license and be capable of operating large trucks (will train).

• Effective communication and strong time management skills.

• Capability to work long hours in the field under adverse working conditions, including heat, humidity, cold, rain, or snow.

• Ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs.

• Agricultural or Construction background a plus.

• Wisconsin Pesticide Applicator License a plus (will train).

Landscape Architect

We are currently seeking a licensed Landscape Architect to:

• Serve as project manager for multi-disciplinary projects, including being the main point of contact, managing project schedule and budget, directing design staff for completing tasks, conducting internal reviews, and distributing information from prime consultant or client to the staff.

• Mentor landscape designers and support staff.

• Create design budgets and proposals for a variety of clientele (public, non-profit, and residential).

• Prepare renderings and exhibits for private clients and public informational meetings.

• Produce landscape designs and specifications from concept through construction drawing stage, including: detailed drawings, planting designs, grading plans, and site layout.

• Conduct field work including site measurement, map generation, site photography, vegetation assessment or sampling, and contract administration.

• Generate construction budgets and bids.

• Communicate with Foremen to direct field crew on design implementation.

• Work independently and as part of a team, often in a cross-disciplinary manor.

Qualifications:

• Professional landscape architecture degree (BLA, BSLA, MLA).

• Current Landscape Architecture licensure in Wisconsin.

• Minimum 5 years professional experience.

• Knowledge of native flora of Wisconsin and land management strategies for these ecosystems.

• Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, Adobe Creative Cloud suite, AutoCAD, SketchUp, Google Earth.

• Experience with field monitoring and reporting a plus.

• Familiarity with Low Impact Design principles a plus.

Landscape Designer

We are currently seeking a Landscape Designer to:

• Assist other design staff on projects of a variety of scales.

• Attend site visits and client consultations.

• Prepare base maps and perform site analysis.

• Produce plans, conceptual designs, renderings, and cost estimates.

• Sketch ideas and designs by hand or with computer software.

• Create proposals, budgets, and reports for review.

• Work independently and as part of a team.

Qualifications:

• Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in landscape design, landscape architecture, architecture, horticulture, or related field.

• Interest in stormwater management, public access, and/or sustainable design.

• Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, Adobe Creative Cloud suite, AutoCAD, SketchUp, Google Earth.

• Experience with ArcGIS or LMN (Landscape Management Network) a plus.

• Effective communication skills, both written and verbal, and strong organizational and time management skills.

• Knowledge of or interest in local plant taxonomy of Southeastern Wisconsin a plus.

Accounts Manager

We are currently seeking an Accounts Manager to:

• Manage the daily bookkeeping, accounting, and financial aspects of the firm.

• Process Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable, following through with vendors and clients.

• Negotiate credit terms with vendors.

• Produce, send, and manage invoices.

• Track all receipts, bank statements, and credit card statements.

• Prepare financial statements (Profit & Loss, Balance) and analysis.

• Complete and reconcile month-end closing and balance of accounts.

• Prepare annual budgets.

• Assist project managers with job costing and placing orders.

• Track inventory and assets.

• Process bi-weekly payroll and both federal and state payroll tax reporting.

• Produce certified payroll reporting for municipal jobs.

• Process sales and use tax reporting.

• Prepare bonding when needed.

Qualifications:

• Associate’s or Bachelor’s in accounting, finance, or related field.

• Proficiency with Intuit QuickBooks.

• Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, especially Excel.

• Effective communication skills, both written and verbal, and strong organizational and time management skills.

• Ability to work independently.

• Prior experience doing bookkeeping or accounting for the Architecture/Engineering/Construction
industry a plus.