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Entry-Level Landscape Designer (0-3 years) – SWA/Balsley

Posted: Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Entry-Level Landscape Designer (0-3 years) – SWA/Balsley

Introduction to SWA/Balsley: 

Join SWA/Balsley to leverage your emerging design & technical expertise into growth and leadership opportunities beyond NYC and into domestic and international projects of all types and scales.

SWA/Balsley is actively seeking a creative, highly skilled Entry-Level Landscape Designer for immediate employment in the award-winning New York City Studio.

In this role, you will collaborate with studio leadership to support the execution of projects in New York City as well as nationally and internationally. This is a unique opportunity to help shape a new dynamic studio, develop a robust portfolio of built work of the highest design caliber, and additionally engage with SWA – the largest landscape architecture firm in the US with a unique ‘design-first’ reputation.

SWA/Balsley offers a competitive benefit package including health, dental, life, long-term disability, 401k, profit sharing, and performance-based bonus. SWA is 100% Employee Owned. SWA/Balsley is an equal opportunity employer.

About the position:


SWA/Balsley is seeking an exceptionally competent and highly motivated entry level candidate with 0-3 years of professional experience. This is a promising opportunity for a recent graduate who aspires to contribute to and thrive within a studio practice that works both locally and internationally and is empowered by a collaborative and congenial office setting.

This role includes:

  • Design and design support with input and critiques at all project phases
  • 3D modeling & rendering
  • Producing presentation graphics and presentations
  • Assisting in preparation of construction drawings/documents, specifications, and cost estimates
  • Attending and participating in meetings
  • Working with and learning from senior designers on a collaborative team

Why SWA/Balsley?

  • Grow with a new firm with a national design reputation.
  • SWA/Balsley places equal design value on all phases and facets of work.
  • Extraordinary growth potential within SWA/Balsley and the affiliate SWA Group.
  • Opportunities to cross-fertilize with SWA’s eight other studios across the US and abroad.
  • Unparalleled benefits package unique to SWA Group including fully funded bonuses, profit sharing, employee stock ownership, full 401k match, generous health insurance, and H1B sponsorship in the U.S. where applicable.


  • SWA/Balsley is following all CDC, local, and state guidelines for COVID-19. At this time, our staff is partially remote and accessing the office as needed for project work to continue while following strict health and safety protocols.
  • Remote candidates will be considered, however, once COVID restrictions are lifted, it is anticipated that this role will require a physical presence in the NYC office.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Accredited Degree in Landscape Architecture
  • Strong problem solving, critical thinking, and analytical skills
  • Attention to detail and organization
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Effective time management skills
  • Positive attitude and sense of accountability
  • Proficiency in:
    • AutoCAD 2014+
    • Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, esp.)
    • Microsoft Office
    • 3D modeling (Rhino preferred)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Lumion
  • Revit
  • Grasshopper
  • ArcMap/ ArcGIS
  • Hand sketching


  • Portfolio (PDF, 20MB max.)
  • Resume/CV (Word or PDF)
  • Contact info for 2-3 references
  • Cover letter

Send materials in PDF format to  We will carefully consider your application during our initial screening and will contact you if you are selected for an interview by video-conference.



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New York City

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