Foreman – Green Roof Stewardship

Job Overview

Furbish provides Furnish, Install, Maintenance services for living roofs, living walls, and other ecological building systems. Our Stewardship Department executes the ongoing maintenance for these green systems. We maintain crews from the Baltimore office and from the DC location.
Green Roof Stewardship begins when a green roof installation is complete, or when we are contracted by a property owner/manager to take over the maintenance of an existing green roof. Our Stewardship team is responsible for establishing and maintaining healthy vegetative coverage and providing reliable ongoing care of the green roof system. Routine Stewardship services include: weeding, nutrient management, pruning, replanting, irrigation (when needed), system repair, overburden removal/replacement, site clean-up, and reporting. We use the term “Stewardship” because our approach is to offer oversight of evolving ecology.
The Foreman is responsible for executing our work on specific job sites in his/her control. That includes safety (always our first priority), scheduling, logistics, crew management, performance of the work, communication with office and customers, and delivering the company objectives of great customer experience and targeted profit margins.
This position is based in Washington, DC.

Reports To

Stewardship Operations Manager

  • Makes safety the highest priority at all times. Possesses full understanding of company’s safety policies/procedures, along with OSHA-10 guidelines. Reviews site specific safety protocols with full crew before starting work on any site – every visit.
  • Is technically competent in all aspects of Stewardship work. Possesses full understanding of Stewardship best practices. Practices continuous learning in the various facets of Stewardship work.
  • Manages a crew of Stewardship Technicians. Demonstrates leadership skills. Leads the crew through example. Can manage the crew with respect. Inspires crew to high performance and high morale.
  • Recruit and interview Stewardship Technicians in coordination with Operations Manager and HR Administrator. Train and mentor new workers.
  • For assigned portfolio, manages daily, weekly, and monthly schedule in coordination with main office. Ensures all advance logistics have been coordinated. Coordinates start and end of day timing and locations. Makes adjustments to daily plans as necessary through the day, demonstrating critical thinking to achieve company objectives for assigned roof projects.
  • Records time, tasks, materials, and visit notes accurately and on-time in company software systems.
  • Responsibly operates and maintains company-assigned vehicles and equipment.
  • Ensures vehicle is adequately supplied to perform work each day. Promptly coordinates the repair/replacement of broken equipment with Operations Manager. Manages preventative maintenance for assigned vehicle.
  • Ensures crew is adequately supplied to perform work each day. Coordinates the order of supplies for crew.
  • Generates “maintenance reports” in timely manner, taking appropriate photos, documenting the roof condition and service/s provided. Masters use of company’s reporting software. Demonstrates ability to write with proper grammar in concise, effective manner. Submits reports same day as service.
  • Communicates professionally and respectfully with on-site contacts to nurture customer relationships. Communicates with (including being responsive to) supervisor and main office in timely manner at all times.
  • Contributes to development of each roof’s strategy with goal of achieving full, healthy plant cover and minimizing effort required to keep it that way. Collaborates effectively with supervisor, horticulturalist, and all company personnel.
  • Demonstrates constant learning in green roof systems, plant selections, maintenance protocols, and system performance.
  • Travel between Washington DC and Baltimore offices may be required. Ability to report to assigned work site for the day.
  • If increased responsibilities are desired, demonstrates broader learning about green roofs, competitors in local market, project opportunities on new buildings, and generally expanding understanding of the Stewardship business.


  • College education is desired. High school (GED) is required.
  • Previous experience with landscaping and/or gardening in outdoor setting, in all weather conditions. Green roof maintenance experience highly desired.
  • Previous crew management experience required.
  • Professional writing and verbal communication skills. Writing test to be administered for pre-qualification.
  • Ability to use digital communication programs and devices, i.e., email, reporting software, time sheet app, iPad, laptop.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs, scale ladders, and bend/kneel for extended periods of time.
  • OSHA-10 certification desired, or will enroll in training.
  • Valid driver’s license required. Ability to drive work vans and pick-up trucks. 2-year clean driving record required.
  • Dedication to providing a physically and emotionally safe work environment at all times.
  • Must pass a background check and drug screening.

Job Type: Full-time, Salaried
Typical work hours are 6am-2:30pm, but flexibility is required. Length of days can vary.
Salary Range – $50,000-$60,000
Employee Benefits offered after 90 days of continuous employment.
COVID-19 vaccination required.

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Furbish cultivates remarkable experiences by bringing nature into the built environment, enriching lives, and helping you make the world greener.