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A blog for the Washington, DC based landscaping business Bona Terra LLC


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Pervious Pavers!

In addition to rain gardens and bayscapes (conservation planting) Bona Terra is now installing pervious pavers for the RiverSmart Homes program to reduce storm water run-off that overflows D.C.’s sewers and pollutes the Chesapeake Bay, by running off of impervious surfaces, like patios and driveways.

Check out our first patio freshly installed with interlocking pervious pavers! The concrete pavers have gaps between them and layers of gravel below them, serving as a self-draining system, allowing water to seep back into the ground beneath.

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Employment Opportunity: Field Worker

Field Worker

Full-time, $10.00 – $13.00 per hour

Crew members are integral in installing rain gardens, conservation planting, and conducting landscape maintenance on residential properties. Usually works in teams of 2 or 3 people.

Able to read a scale drawing, understand cross-section designs and build according to a plan. Identify Miss Utility markings and participate in responsible digging. Provide information to crew leader or project foreman for tracking hours and materials. Keep work sites and home base neat and clean.

Safely perform heavy lifting, pushing, pulling of various landscaping equipment and materials including, but not limited to, backpack blowers, large containers of mulch/plant material, and rototiller. Safely operate equipment with all necessary personal protective gear. Use of hand tools, shovels, pick axes, brooms, etc.

Lift and carry up to 50 lbs.

Bend and kneel up to 9 hours a day.

Walk up to 8 miles a day, sometimes uphill and on uneven terrain, often while carrying, pushing, or pulling equipment, materials, and debris.

Safely load and unload vehicles.

Continually increase knowledge about sustainable landscape practices, plant biology, taxonomy, propagation, conditions and maintenance.

This is mostly residential contract work, so some weeks will be full of long-hours and other weeks might be lighter. Winter work is scarce, we make up for it in the spring and fall. Pay will be negotiable, based on experience and previous employment.

Valid driver’s license and smart phone with data plan preferred.

To apply e-mail resume, including two references, to bonaterradc@gmail.com


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Employment Opportunity: Hardscape/Stone Specialist

Hardscape/Stone Specialist

Full-time, $13.00 – $20.00 per hour

We are looking for someone who has experience in stone-work building drystack retaining walls, patios, pervious concrete, natural stone or poured walkways. There will be light carpentry work, so carpentry experience is a plus. A serious interest and enthusiasm for fine, recycled, and sustainable materials is essential.

You must be able to work independently in a professional manner, maintain a safe, clean work environment, and be responsible for a vehicle and tools. Must be good with customer relations. Current driver’s license, with good record is a must. Ability to operate a manual transmission is preferred.

You should have experience with measuring tools, marking tools, leveling, calculating stone quantity, landscaping tool experience, with roto-tiller, gas powered leaf-blower, chain saw, and push lawn mower; experience with power hand tools, pruners, loppers, pole-lopers, pole-pruners, loading and unloading tools into a work truck in a safe and tidy manner.

This is mostly residential contract work, so some weeks will be full of long-hours and other weeks might be lighter. Winter work is scarce, we make up for it in the spring and fall. Pay will be negotiable, based on experience and previous employment.

This job sets you on track for becoming a crew leader.

To apply please e-mail resume, including two references, to bonaterradc@gmail.com

Also include a list of all equipment and tool experience, and total hours used.


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Employment Opportunity: RiverSmart Crew Leader

RiverSmart Crew Leader

Full-time, $12.00 – $15.00 per hour

Bona Terra is contracted by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay for their RiverSmart Homes program, an initiative of D.C.’s Department of Energy & Environment to reduce storm water run-off and the pollution of the Chesapeake Bay, specifically by installing residential rain gardens and conservation planting.

Be able to read a scale drawing, understand cross-section designs and build according to a plan. Identify Miss Utility markings and lead responsible digging. Be able to assess square footage coverage of various materials. Be able to identify soil types and accurately assess soil amendments. Have an understanding of water run-off and predictability, and calculate storm water run-off. Know how to install and maintain rain gardens, including donwspout hook up, spillway and berm construction. Have positive interactions with clients, maintain a professional, courteous rapport. Understand the environmental benefits and goals of the RiverSmart program.

Knowledge of how to install and maintain pervious surfaces, stonework, drystack retaining walls, patios, natural stone or poured walkways, is preferred.

Help train new workers on all aspects of the job including safety, tool usage and technique, truck care, loading and unloading vehicles, plant care, moving materials, shop and nursery care and maintenance.

Have clean driving record and 10+ years driving experience. Be able to load vehicles safely for transport, know how to use ratchet ties, tarps, and bungee cords. Be able to pass medical exam to drive commercial dump bed truck.

Make minor mechanical/tool repairs in the field.

Know and use scientific plant names, understand binomial nomenclature.

Continually pursue higher quality and efficiency in workflows and communication.

To apply please e-mail resume, including two references, to bonaterradc@gmail.com