Landscape Architect

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SUMMARY: Under general supervision of the Planning and Zoning Administrator, initiates policies and procedures for landscape architectural issues; performs routine processing of applications and file maintenance related to landscape plans and site plans; provides assistance to the planning department and other departments; and performs related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:(Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics). This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:(which are not in any hierarchical order)
  1. Analyzes development-related landscape data and plans.
  2. Provides recommendations on landscape architecture components on neighborhood, site, and master plans.
  3. Prepares landscape design guidelines for code implementation.
  4. Participates and/or coordinates activities and work on landscape projects originated by the Planning Department or other City Agency.
  5. Assists the Public Utilities Department in pre-construction meetings with capital improvement projects and other landscape architectural concerns.
  6. Prepares landscape plans, specifications, and bid documents as required.
  7. Obtain bids from vendors for landscaping.
  8. Prepares and process tree removal permits throughout the City.
  9. Inspect all installed landscaped work to ensure code compliance and plan consistency.
  10. Coordinate with State agencies regarding both policies and procedures as they relate to the City on landscape issues.
  11. Attends meetings with advisory boards, city committees, and neighborhood groups to communicate landscape code provisions and landscape plans.
  12. Conducts site visits for analysis and conformity to the landscape code, inspects completed landscape installation for code compliance and review landscape violations throughout the City as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
  • Knowledge of department procedures.
  • Knowledge of standard office machines, computer hardware and software, planimeter use related to land mass calculations, and drafting equipment used to prepare landscape plans.
  • Ability to prepare accurate cost estimates on projects including site preparation, clearing, rough grading, finish grading, drainage, paving, and landscaping both plant materials and inert materials such as mulch, fertilizer, etc.
  • Knowledge of record keeping and file maintenance.
  • Skill in utilizing customer service and public relations techniques in responding to inquiries and complaints.
  • Skill in researching information related to urban planning and development.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to lead a team in the course of work.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Works involves sedentary to light work both outdoors and in an office setting, There is frequent need to stand, troop, walk, sit, lift light objects (up to 25 lbs.) and perform similar actions during the course of the workday. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol-free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s Degree in landscape architecture (Master’s degree preferred) and professional registration in the State of Florida along with a minimum of three (3) years related working experience, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. A valid Florida driver’s license is required.

FLSA Code: E
B/U: PMSA
Last Revision date: October 2001
 
Overtime: No
 
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