Landscape Architect II
Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2021
The Landscape Architect II will work along a team of designers to manage and design capital landscape improvement projects, designs for fundraising initiatives, as well as pro-bono projects that support neighboring communities. This position will report directly to the Senior Landscape Architect.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS / KEY JOB OUTCOMES
- Gather historical and ecological site data to inform, identify, and assess site uses and constraints
- Prepare informed design studies and presentation drawings for multiple stakeholder and public agency approvals
- Produce contract drawings and specifications for frequent project milestones
- Prepares landscape architectural design studies as well as reviews and utilizes information from ecological studies
- Prepares and develops landscape architectural plans, construction documents, and cost estimates for restoration or improvement of the park and its recreation facilities
- Work collaboratively with the Resident Engineer to bring the project to a successful built completion
- Review contract drawings and specifications to conform to project objectives and budgets
- Review submittals, make field inspections, and report to supervisor concerning progress of projects during construction administration designs and prepares contract documents as well as coordinates any work of consultants in developing plans and specifications
- Make field inspections and reports to supervisor concerning progress of projects and problems which arise during preparation, construction, or maintenance phases
- Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with consultants, contractors, architects, planners and engineers. Consulting with other professionals as needed
- Participates in public meetings to explain programs/projects as well as prepares renderings of said programs/projects for public presentation
- Participates in developing the culture of the Alliance through multiple focus groups and cross-staff initiatives
- Develops budgetary requests and proposals; authorizes payments; review cost estimates and budgets, and recommends adjustments for construction projects
Performs other job-related duties and functions as assigned
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
- Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture, Preservation Architecture, or other relevant discipline
- A minimum of three to five (3-5) years’ experience in architecture and planning; supervisory experience a plus but not required
- Experience presenting and communicating design concepts, analysis and conclusions
- Experience with NYC building code, DOB filing, ADA, zoning and energy code requirements
- New York State Architecture License required
- A valid/unexpired NYS Driver’s License
COMPETENCIES (Knowledge, Skills & Personal/Behavioral Attributes)
- Passion for the Alliance Mission & Core Values: A passion for public parks and environmental conservation combined with a commitment to treating others with respect, appreciating individual differences and embracing the values of diversity, equity and inclusion.
- Ethics & Integrity: Earns the trust and respect of others through a consistent commitment to integrity, honesty and professionalism in all interactions.
- Professional/Technical Knowledge: A demonstrated understanding of building design and construction from site analysis and programming through close out. Understanding of structural, mechanical, electrical, and/or architecturally specialty system/components.
- Project Design: Development, Planning & Analysis. The ability to analyze programmatic requirements and site and budget restraints to produce designs that address project criteria effectively. Alternately, to be able to assess consulting design professionals’ proposed design solutions. The ability to develop project directives, outlines, projections, budgetary estimates, timelines, resource studies and strategies to meet pertinent building/construction rules regulations and permitting
- Historic Preservation: Knowledge of preservation techniques to preserve, conserve and protect buildings, objects, landscapes or other artifacts of historical significance.
- Architecture Technology: Technically proficient with industry standard software programs used by architects including AutoCAD, Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Sketchup. Experience with Revit and 3-D modeling and rendering programs plus.
- Health and Safety Comply with relevant health and safety legislation and regulation and organizational policies. Manages risk including the identification of hazards, assessment of risks and implementation of control measures. Manages own safety and that of others.
- Self-Management & Teamwork: Ability to work independently or as a member of a team, ability to be detailed-oriented and consistently accurate, ability to manage stress effectively in a fast-paced environment. Cooperative, personable, open-minded personal outlook needed to steer project team towards successful goals.
- Communication: Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to communicate with individuals at all levels and to speak across range of technical issues.
- Organizing, Planning & Multi-tasking: Organizational and planning skills, project planning and management skills. Proven ability to set priorities or deliver on priorities set by supervisor, meet deadlines and multi-task with minimal supervision. Employee may handle some unusual situations independently. Proven ability to coordinate activities. Employee organizes and carries out most assignments in accordance with standard practices, instructions or previous training.
- Analysis & Sound Judgement: Analytical and troubleshooting skills. Ability to make sound judgements. Ability to improve processes, promote excellence and demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness. Ability to make considered decisions on the spot.
- Technology: Proficient with automated technologies that support area of responsibility including G-Suite and Microsoft Office Suite
WORKING CONDITIONS & PHYSICAL DEMANDS
- Work is performed both in an interior office setting which does not subject the employee to any hazardous or unusual elements and in the field, which subjects the employee to various external elements including potentially adverse weather conditions.
- Requires operating a motor vehicle, standing for extended periods of time, use of a desktop, laptop or video display terminal and identifying and distinguishing colors and shades of color.
- Requires minor physical exertion – lifting, pushing, and carrying, etc. up to 25 lbs.
- Requires communicating information with co-workers, stakeholders and/or the public; reading correspondence, instructions and/or technical documents; writing correspondence and/or reports and filling in forms.
- This position requires full vaccination from COVID-19 on or before the start of employment.
Diversity Makes Us Stronger Together: Prospect Park Alliance serves park users of all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds and strives to reflect this diversity throughout our operations and in our leadership, staff, stakeholders and supporters. We know that by creating an equitable and inclusive workplace built on mutual respect and the appreciation of difference, our employees will feel safe to express themselves, voice their opinions and work together to find common ground and solutions. Integral to this vision is our longstanding commitment to provide equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment.
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