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Whitham Planning Design Landscape Architecture (WPD) – Landscape Architect Project Manager

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Job Description: Project Manager, Landscape Architectural Design

About Us
Whitham Planning Design Landscape Architecture (WPD) seeks a project manager to join the design staff at our small, dynamic landscape architectural design, planning, and project management firm. WPD provides a broad range of services, including municipal approvals, public outreach, project team coordination, and design development. Our projects range in scale from large community planning and urban revitalization efforts to compact pocket parks and custom design.

Job Summary
The Designer will help bring projects through the design process, including conceptual and technical drawings, public review and approvals, and construction. Expectations include clear graphic and verbal communication skills to effectively communicate with a broad range of audiences. WPD team members play an integral role in developing meaningful design responses to site context, social and ecological life, stakeholder interests, and project program. We believe that our work shapes the identity and experience of these spaces and look forward to reviewing interested candidates’ materials.

Interested applicants can send their cover letter, resume, and portfolio to

Job Description
This full-time Project Manager position will be responsible for the following tasks:

    • Manage and collaborate on 1-6 large- and small-scale projects during all stages of the coordination, planning, and design process;
    • Lead project coordination during municipal approvals including SEQR, Zoning, and Site Plan Review submission documents;
    • Manage project approvals and design schedules, coordinating relevant deliverables with team members;
    • Lead project team meetings, including preparing meeting agendas and follow-up notes;
    • Prepare well-crafted and clear written project materials;
    • Deliver spoken and visual presentations to project stakeholders and the general public;
    • Act as point of contact between client and consultant teams;
    • Prepare stakeholder and public outreach plans and facilitate outreach meetings and workshops;
    • Summarize site research including relevant zoning, permitting, site conditions, and historic information;
    • Prepare site analysis and concept development diagrams and precedent studies;
    • Lead the development of Master Plan documents and other comparable reports;
    • Develop technical landscape architectural drawings including site layout, planting, and materials plans and details;
    • Support construction administration, including reviewing Requests for Information and preparing site visit reports;
    • Closely collaborate with other WPD staff and maintain a collegial, collaborative, and supportive office environment;


The ideal candidate for this position would have:

    • 3 – 5 years of professional landscape architectural design or planning experience;
    • Professional Degree in Landscape Architecture or Planning;
    • Expert communication, organization, writing, and presentation skills;
    • Expertise in AutoCAD and Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop;
    • Fluency in Microsoft Word and Excel;


Additional qualities that are helpful, but not required:

    • Fluency in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping and analysis;
    • Fluency in 3D rendering software.

WPD offers our employees a suite of benefits as part of this position, including a competitive salary based on experience and qualifications; health, dental, and vision insurance coverage; a generous PTO and vacation policy. Our office provides ongoing educational and professional development opportunities and enjoys volunteer engagement with our community. Our bright, beautiful office is in the center of downtown Ithaca, NY, a city which offers an exceptional quality of life.


To apply, please submit the following to

    • Cover letter describing your interest in the position;
    • Professional résumé;
    • Design portfolio showing graphic work produced in a landscape architectural or planning setting;
    • Professional writing sample, such as a project description, public design application, or presentation narrative.


Additional Information
Whitham Planning Design Landscape Architecture PLLC (WPD) was established in 2010 and is located in ‘gorges’ Ithaca, New York. The firm provides a broad range of services, including design during all stages of a project’s development, municipal approvals planning, public outreach, and project team coordination. The projects we work on range in scale from community planning and large-scale infill development all the way down to urban pocket parks and minute custom detailing. We believe that our work shapes the identity and experience of these spaces and look forward to reviewing interested candidates’ materials.



$60,000 - $100,000

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Submitters Name:

Vanessa Weber

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