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New York City Department of Parks & Recreation – Assistant Landscape Architect

Posted: Friday, April 14, 2023

NYC Parks is an award-winning city agency that designs and builds public spaces for New Yorkers to connect, play and enjoy. These public spaces, representing 30,000 acres or 14% of the city’s land, encompass natural areas, parks, playgrounds, beaches, ballfields, basketball courts, athletic fields and pools.

The Landscape Architecture unit in the Capital Division is the creative force that imagines and defines the aesthetics and usage of new and refurbished public spaces. These designs impact neighborhood growth, public health and fun in communities throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Selected candidates will have the opportunity to work on a wide gamut of assignments from a local park refurbishment to a complete redesign of newly acquired properties.

NYC Parks is one of the country’s largest employers of landscape architects. You will enjoy the camaraderie found at Parks while working for the public good. NYC Parks offers competitive pay and a generous benefits package that includes pension, excellent health benefits, competitive vacation/sick days and a healthy work-life balance.

Major Responsibilities

• Under supervision, perform landscape architectural work of moderate difficulty and responsibility for the Capital Projects Division. This includes the shepherding of Parks Capital work from project start through construction completion.

• Prepare landscape architectural contract drawings, specifications and estimates of quantities.

• Investigate and propose solutions to problems of grading, spatial organization and site utilization.

• Assist or lead the design development of existing conditions analysis, landscape plans and proposed additions.

• Assess and monitor progress of construction by reviewing and approving shop drawings and resolving design conflicts.

Minimum Qual Requirements

1. A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in landscape architecture from an accredited college or university, accredited by regional, national, professional or specialized agencies recognized as accrediting bodies by the U.S. Secretary of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and one year of full-time satisfactory experience in landscape architectural work; or

2. A valid New York State Registration as a Landscape Architect.


Preferred Skills

1. Proven ability as a contributing team member on landscape architectural projects.

2. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, organizational abilities and self-motivation.

3. Portfolio demonstrates proficiency in AutoCAD, Photoshop, Illustrator and 3D Rendering (link on resume to digital portfolio preferred).

4. Adept at creating presentations in InDesign and PowerPoint

5. Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.


Additional Information

NOTE: All resumes must be received no later than the last day of the posting period. References will be required upon request.

*Posting period extended to 05/12/2023. Previous applicants to Job ID# 540346 are still under consideration and need not reapply.


Note: Landscape Architects with out-of-state registration are welcome to apply provided that reciprocal New York State registration is obtained prior to hire.

To Apply

Parks Employees:

1. From a Parks computer: Access Employee Self Service (ESS) from the Parks Intranet under Applications or use this link: https://hrb.nycaps.nycnet/. Once in ESS, go to Careers and search for Job ID# 583013. Do not access ESS using from a Parks computer.


Parks & City Employees:
2. From a Non-Parks computer: Access Employee Self Service (ESS) by going to or use this link: Once in ESS, go to Careers and search for Job ID# 583013.

Include your ERN and Job ID# 583013 on your cover letter and resume.

All other applicants:
Go to and search for Job ID# 583013.

55-a Program

This position is also open to qualified persons with a disability who are eligible for the 55-a Program. Please indicate at the top of your resume and cover letter that you would like to be considered for the position through the 55-a Program.

Work Location

Olmsted Center, Queens

Residency Requirement

This position is exempt from NYC residency requirements.



$ 57,078.00 - $ 65,640.00

Work Location:

Olmsed Center, Queens, NY

Number of Positions:


Submitters Name:

Rachel Love

Submitters Email:

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