Landscape Planner

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SUMMARY: Under limited supervision, performs routine processing of applications and file maintenance related to landscape plans and site plans, inspection of projects for compliance with approved landscape and site plans, enforcement of the regulations pertaining to tree removal and landscape maintenance; provides assistance to the Planning and Zoning 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)
  • Analyzes development-related landscape data and plans.
  • Provides recommendations on landscape design components on neighborhood, site, and master plans.
  • Prepares landscape design guidelines for code implementation.
  • Participates and/or coordinates activities and work on landscape projects originated by the Planning and Zoning Department or other City Agency.
  • Assists the Public Utilities Department in pre-construction meetings with capital improvement projects and other landscaping concerns.
  • Prepares and processes tree removal permits throughout the City.
  • Inspects all installed landscaped work and site improvements related to building permit and any capital projects to ensure code compliance and plan consistency.
  • Coordinates with State agencies regarding both policies and procedures as they relate to the City on landscape issues.
  • Attends meetings with advisory boards, city committees, and neighborhood groups to communicate landscape code provisions and landscape plans.
  • Conducts site visits for analysis and conformity to the landscape code, inspects completed landscape installation for code compliance, and reviews landscape violations throughout the City as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
  • Knowledge of state, local and federal laws, and regulations related to area of assignment.
  • Knowledge of landscaping species and types.
  • Knowledge of landscaping installation and maintenance procedures/requirements.
  • Knowledge of Xeriscape principles
  • Knowledge of FPL tree planting requirements.
  • Knowledge of record keeping and file maintenance.
  • Knowledge of standard office machines, computer hardware, and software, and drafting equipment used to prepare landscape plans.
  • 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 and maintains a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment and random drug testing for certain employees.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Studies or a closely related field, with a minimum of one (1) year of working experience in landscape inspection, landscape planning, horticulturist or related field, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. Landscape Inspector Certification is required or ability to obtain within one year from date of employment. A valid Florida driver’s license is required. A valid driver’s license from any state (equivalent to a State of Florida Class E) may be utilized upon application; with the ability to obtain the State of Florida driver’s license within 30 days from day of appointment.

FLSA Code: E
B/U: PMSA
Last revision date: May 2009