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DOWL Landscape Architect/Land Use Planner in Portland, Oregon



DOWL is looking for a hardworking, self-motivated, and highly organized Landscape Architect / Land Use Planner with the passion, creativity and competency to create landscape and land use plans for urban and natural environments of varying scale and character. The desired candidate would have the ability and desire to shift between detailed landscape design work and larger-scaled master planning and land use entitlement work. Demonstration of the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced professional environment will be a key element to the selection of the candidate. This is a full-time opportunity. Examples of responsibilities of the position include:

  • Prepare landscape design plans for a variety of private and public clients in all sectors, including residential, commercial, industrial and public sectors (roads and public streetscapes).

  • Prepare concept plans for a variety of large scale development sites that could include residential, mixed use and employment-related master plans.

  • Prepare, compile and coordinate land use application submittals for a variety of project sectors.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Design and review of preliminary and final landscape plans, details, specifications, and support graphics.

  • Design and refinement of preliminary site plans and master plans to address built areas, open spaces, grading, drainage and utility requirements.

  • Prepare graphics for public outreach including presentations at public meetings and hearings.

  • Prepare land use narratives with compliance findings in support of specific development proposals.

  • Compile, coordinate and facilitate the submittal of land use application packages.

  • Review and resolve conditions of approval with agencies and local utilities.

  • Assist in mentoring and supervision of Landscape Planners or Interns.

  • Consistently exercise discretion and judgment in all work tasks.

  • Other duties may be assigned.

    Education and/or Experience

  • A Baccalaureate degree in landscape architecture and a minimum of three of years related work experience are required.

  • A Masters degree in landscape architecture is desirable.

  • Formal educational experience in land use planning or a minimum of three years of applied professional experience in land use planning

    Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • Licensure as a Professional Landscape Architect or working towards licensure in the state where position is located is required.

  • American Institute of Certified Planner (AICP) credential is desired

  • Must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record.

    Essential Skills

  • Ability to prioritize multiple concurrent project needs and communicate effectively with peers and supervisors regarding project schedules and deliverables.

  • Ability to review and interpret development codes for the purpose of creating and refining preliminary development plans and for informing clients and project teams of anticipated agency review processes.

  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office, Outlook, and Excel. Proficiency in the use of AutoCAD, Adobe Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and PowerPoint). Basic knowledge of SketchUp, 3DS Max, Infraworks and GIS helpful.

  • Capable of creating conceptual graphics and plans by hand sketching and computer-generated drawings and renderings.

    Physical Demands

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is regularly required to stand; walk and use fingers and hands. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision and ability to adjust focus.

    Work Environment/Location

    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)