To be considered for this position you must apply at plano.gov/jobs. Do not apply through the NRPA website.
The City of Plano Parks and Recreation Department is currently seeking a candidate for a Landscape Architect position. Plano is located in north Texas with a population of approximately 287,000 and has been recognized nationally for its excellent quality of life.
Plano Parks & Recreation is a five time, NRPA Gold Medal Award winner and is a CAPRA accredited agency consisting of 85 park sites amongst 4,373 acres of land. The citizens of Plano recently passed a bond initiative for more than $81M in park capital improvement projects that will be implemented over the next four years.
The Landscape Architect’s role is to act as the project manager for park and recreation capital improvement projects. Duties include management of the planning, design and construction phases of multiple, complex park and recreation capital improvement projects in accordance with local, state and federal public safety, health, and welfare requirements.
The ability to identify and solve critical problems through the planning, design and construction phases is key to this role. We are looking for a self-motivated, experienced individual with strong construction project management experience, and excellent communication and organizational skills.
The position is housed at Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve, an 800 acre park and Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. The park has 5 miles of concrete shared use trail with a 10 minute connection to a recreation center, other parks and shared use trails, 5 miles of soft surface pedestrian trails, and a 16 acre pond where fishing and kayaking are permitted.
Plano offers its residents a superb quality of life and is known as The City of Excellence. You will work in an organization that has Service and Excellence as its core values and seeks to serve the public as well as fellow employees to the highest customer service standards.
Education & Experience
The selected candidate must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Landscape Architecture and must be an active, registered Landscape Architect in good standing in the state of Texas. The preferred candidate will have two years of experience in construction project planning, design and management and construction administration.
The City of Plano offers a competitive starting salary, depending on qualifications and experience. The City participates in the Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) at a 7% employee deposit rate with a municipal matching ratio of 2:1.
Plano’s benefits program includes health, dental, vision, and life insurance, paid vacation, and sick leave. Plano does not participate in the Social Security System but offers a 100% funded Retirement Security program in its place. Working conditions within the City are outstanding, and the City is committed to supporting professional development opportunities.
Knowledge of: Principals and practices of landscape architecture, construction techniques, irrigation systems, civil engineering and the knowledge to combine them into an aesthetically coordinated and finished product; Federal, State and local environmental and land use issues and ordinances applicable to parks and recreation; State and Federal guidelines for grant administration; of basic architectural and structural engineering principles and methods; principles and practices horticulture and arboriculture; contemporary trends in park planning and landscape architecture.
Skill in: Utilizing computer aided design and drafting technology; taking measurements using GPS instruments; completing complex mathematical calculations; reading and interpreting architectural and engineering plans and blueprints; preparing landscape architectural construction plans and documents; communicating effectively both verbally and in writing.
Education: Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture.
Experience: Two (2) years as Licensed Landscape Architect with project management and construction administration experience.
Licenses and Certifications: Texas Class C driver’s license (must obtain within 30 days of hire per state law). Registered Landscape Architect in the State of Texas.
Conditions of Employment: Must pass a drug test, driver license check, criminal history background check, periodic CJIS background check (for positions requiring access into Police buildings) and social security number verification check.
Physical Demands and Working Conditions: Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer, and to work in the field including traversing uneven terrain, to operate a motor vehicle, and to visit various City sites; vision to inspect assigned facilities, to read printed materials and a computer screen; hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups, and over the telephone. The job involves fieldwork requiring frequent walking conducting inspections to identify and direct correction methods to problems or hazards. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator, to operate standard office equipment. Positions in this classification bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push, and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
Employees work in an office environment with frequent field work; when in the field incumbents may be exposed to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, road hazards, and mechanical and/or electrical hazards. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives and contractors in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills which may be required. The position also requires meeting the essential requirements of the Physical Demands and Working Conditions, with or without reasonable accommodation.
Additional Salary Information: Salary depends upon qualifications