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NYC Parks – Natural Resources Designer

Posted: Monday, June 24, 2024

NYC Parks is an award-winning City agency that designs, builds and cares for public spaces for New Yorkers to connect, play and enjoy. NYC Parks manages more than 30,000 acres or 14% of the City’s land, encompassing more than 5,000 individual properties. Our diverse set of assets includes recreational facilities, nature centers, historic buildings and structures, golf courses, athletic fields, playgrounds, tennis courts, public pools, public restrooms, retaining walls and nearly 14 miles of beaches.

The Division of Environment and Planning aims to protect, restore, and expand New York City’s green spaces and natural areas to maximize their benefits for environmental and community health and resilience. The Natural Resources Group within Environment and Planning manages over 10,000 acres of natural areas across the five boroughs, including forests, grasslands, and wetlands, and has secured tens of millions of dollars of grants from state, federal and private sources over the past decades to fund the restoration and management across these ecosystems.

NYC Parks offers competitive pay and a generous benefits package, including 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 Natural Resources Capital Design & Construction Team.
• Work with staff scientists to determine design solutions which maximize ecological function and/or reduce ecological impacts.
• Conduct site investigations to evaluate drainage area, flow, soil permeability, groundwater, and other site conditions to determine feasibility of wetland restoration, stormwater green infrastructure, and other natural resource designs.
• Identify and analyze built precedents to inform project designs.
• Use Adobe Suite and other software, prepare suitable graphics and presentations to communicate design intent.
• Use AutoCAD and other software, prepare and/or manage the preparation of contract drawings.
• Develop specifications, cost estimates and estimates of quantities for the proposed work.
• Obtain all internal and external approvals for proposed designs.
• Review sites and designs with other members of team as well as construction and maintenance personnel.
• Monitor construction operations for compliance with contract specifications and documents; review and resolve design conflicts during construction. Assess and monitor progress of construction by reviewing and approving requests for Information, submittals, and shop drawings. Conduct site inspections for quality assurance.
• Assist landscape architects and project managers with the above tasks.

Qualification 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 of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and one year of full-time satisfactory experience in landscape architectural work; or
2. A valid New York Registration as a Landscape Architect.

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

This position is exempt from NYC residency requirements.

Preferred Skills/Qualifications
1. Proven design ability in landscape architectural work.
2. Experience with interdisciplinary coordination during design (Ecology, Hydrology, Environmental Engineering, Planning).
3. Knowledge of any/all the following specialized disciplines: green infrastructure, sustainable design, urban forestry, horticulture, urban design, environmental science and engineering, stormwater permitting and compliance.
4. Computer literacy, including knowledge of MS Suite, Adobe Suite, CAD, GIS.
5. A commitment to teamwork and an integrated approach to project delivery.
6. Driver license valid in New York State.

Apply by 7/22/24:
Go to and search for Job ID# 638811.
All applicants* must apply via The City is no longer using ESS to accept applications.
*Current City Employees please include your ERN and Job ID# 638811 on your cover letter and resume.

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



$62,370 - $71,726

Work Location:

Olmsted Center, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens

Number of Positions:


Submitters Name:

Jerrell Lewis

Submitters Email:

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