Landscape Installer

  • Oakland
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Website Root Volume Cooperative

We are a small landscape design/build company based in Oakland looking for a landscape installer to join our Field Crew. This role requires experience with the process of constructing landscapes safely and efficiently, including the ability to handle and operate necessary tools and machinery. We’re looking for someone who can uphold our cooperative and work values and represent our team well with clients and in the field. The Installer needs to be able to move heavy materials and equipment up to 80 lbs regularly.

Essential Job Functions

Root Volume Installers are directly responsible for building out our designs and systems to complete landscape projects on schedule, within budget, and to our standards of quality craftsmanship. Installers will need to perform a variety of physical tasks, including but not limited to:

Mobilization/Layout (job site and tool setup)
Earth Work (excavation and grading)
Stone Work (flat work for patios and pathways, vertical wall building, and boulder setting)
Wood Work (building decks, stairs, fences, furniture, and any other wood structures specified in the design)
Concrete Work (lifting 80 lb bags of concrete, installing walkways, steps and more)
Water Work (installing irrigation systems and french drains)
Soil Prep (sheet mulching)
Planting (requires a familiarity with plants)
Jobsite Cleanup
Other Miscellaneous Tasks, as needed
Minimum of 1 year of field/construction experience required; 2+ years preferred
Must have a valid California driver’s license and be insurable by company insurance carriers in order to transport materials and equipment. No commercial license required.
Ability to move materials and equipment weighing up to 80 lbs and perform tasks required for construction, carpentry, plumbing, and landscaping.
The following accreditations are desired:
Permaculture Design Certification (PDC)
Bay Friendly Qualified Professional
Apprentice-Journeyman level experience in one of the following trades desired:
Rough & Finish Carpentry
Proficiency in reading and interpreting design/construction plans and specifications
GED + Vocational training desired

Ideal Applicants will also have these skills and abilities:

Strong written and verbal communication skills
Experience working well in teams
Flexible attitude and willingness to do whatever functions are needed at any given time on a site
Self-motivated with excellent problem-solving skills
Detail-oriented with excellent follow-through
Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
Professional demeanor, appearance, and attitude
Basic proficiency in PC, Mac and Google word processing and spreadsheet applications

What We’re Looking For

Installer candidates should be able to work 40 hours a week.

Becoming a Worker-Owner

Root Volume is a worker-owned cooperative. Typically after a nine-month trial period, a decision on ownership is made during which the candidate and Root Volume can decide on their mutual fit. Candidates will function as employees during the trial period. Upon becoming a member, you will be asked to invest a minimum of $150 toward a total required investment in the cooperative of $2,500. The remaining amount can be paid through small regular wage deductions. The investment will be returned if the worker-owner leaves the cooperative.


This is an hourly position with compensation that starts between $20 – $25/hour, depending on experience. After 3 months, candidates have the opportunity to access health-care through the company. Worker-Owners divide any financial surplus evenly based on hours worked.

Root Volume Cooperative Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and seeks diversity with respect to race, ethnicity, culture, gender, age, sexual orientation, and physical disability. Womxn, Trans and BIPoC folks are strongly encouraged to apply.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned to this work. This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. Root Volume reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.

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