The Level Green Culture Blog

Behind the scenes and insider information for landscaping careers and green industry jobs.

A sign above Lynn Garris’ office door read “Boss Lady,” and it was true.

Lynn knew everything about Level Green Landscaping, could solve most any problem, and if you were new at work, you might have been a little afraid of her at first.

But that office door with the Boss Lady sign was also a portal of sorts, to a place where everybody knew they could talk about anything, with no judgement, and no fear of their words ever leaving Lynn’s office.

Lynn’s friends and colleagues at Level Green Landscaping are remembering her kind listening ear, her humor, and her delicious food as they mourn the loss of their beloved office manager, who died on January 30th after an illness.

It’s just the way she would have wanted to be remembered.

Is it a big deal that Dave Briggs has worked at Level Green Landscaping for 15 years?

Depends on who you ask.

Around here, it’s a pretty big deal. Dave was the first account manager to come on board, back in 2005 when just a handful of employees worked here.

But it’s all a matter of perspective, Dave says. His twin brother, Tom, has worked at the same electrical company for 35 years.

Leave it to your twin brother to show you up.

The crews at Level Green Landscaping’s North Branch don’t wear your average, boring cloth safety masks.

They sport Snoopy. Planets. Cat masks that proclaim, “You had me at meow.”

They’re hand-crafted by Kathy Schneider, the effervescent mom of branch manager Joey Schneider. Nothing about her is boring.

Kathy sews 10 to 15 masks for the branch each weekend. Joey brings them to work on Mondays, and operations manager Jose Ruiz hands them out to grateful crews and managers.

As a landscaping company, Level Green Landscaping does a lot of community outreach that has to do with digging in the dirt, from helping school kids plant vegetables to teaching the community how to create rain gardens.

But our commitment to diversity means we also think outside the planter box.

First things first: yes, that’s a photo of Marcene with famous gymnast Gabby Douglas, two-time gold medalist at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games.

Champions hang out together. 

When Marcene was 10, she was the gymnastics floor exercise champion for the whole state of Maryland.

She spent hours practicing in the gym four nights a week and all day on Saturdays.

“It gave me discipline and focus that I’ve used my whole life,” she says.

Imagine hosting 100 industry professionals at your company, showing them exactly how you run your business, then asking them to tell you what they think about you.

The good — and the not-so-good.

Terrifying? Or invigorating?

It can be a bit of both when Jim Paluch of JP Horizons People Solutions organizes a Face to Face Review at your landscaping company.

When Dafne Aguilar started at Level Green Landscaping as a crew member three years ago, it was the first paid job she ever had.

She’d been pretty busy raising three kids.

“Before this, my job was mom,” she says. 

She didn’t know anything about landscaping. Her operations manager told her she had a lot to learn, but he was willing to teach her, if she was willing to learn.

She was. Now she operates a standing mower like a boss. 

In fact, she is a boss. It wasn’t long before Dafne was promoted to driver, then supervisor.

Zacharie Jackson was pretty sure she’d be studying bacteria for a living after graduating with a degree in biology from Marymount University.

Then she got her hands in the dirt, during an internship at the National Arboretum in Washington DC, spending her days tending glossy boxwood, bright day lilies and fragrant catmint.

So, when a recruiter contacted her about a job at Level Green Landscaping, that career studying bacteria would have to wait.

The plants were calling.