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Assistant Landscape Architect

Requisition Number:  03018384

Department description:

The Campus Landscape Architect's office is part of the broader Campus Planning Department at UC Davis. This unit is responsible for working with various campus constituency groups to plan, organize, supervise and perform professional landscape architect services supporting physical planning and construction. This unit ensures campus standards are maintained to ensure a seamless, cohesive outdoor landscape environment that engages the UC Davis community.

Job Summary:

Under the supervision of the Senior Landscape Architect, the Assistant Landscape Architect will participate in planning and design work including computer modeling and the coordination and preparation of maps and digital illustrative graphic exhibits.  Responsibilities also include the preparation of landscape design plans, estimates and specifications for construction projects of limited scope, both new construction and minor alterations; work on campus planning related studies and reports; and inspection services for site construction work.

Essential Responsibilities:

The Assistant Landscape Architect will provide support to the Senior Landscape Architect for various projects as needed.  Tasks will vary daily depending on deadlines and prioritized project work. 

40% - LANDSCAPE AND SITE DESIGN: Under the supervision and direction of the Senior Landscape Architect, assist with the preparation of conceptual plans and schematic drawings, design development documents, construction documents, and specifications for site development projects, both new projects and minor alterations. 

20% - GRAPHIC ILLUSTRATION: Prepare digital illustrative graphics and renderings, and develop computer models for various campus projects.

40%-PLAN REVIEW & COORDINATION:  Track projects through various phases of design including reviewing design documents prepared by consultants to ensure compliance with campus standards and consistency with established campus planning and design goals.  Prepare workload surveys/studies for Grounds and Landscape Services, manage updates to campus site design standards, and assist with the preparation of special reports as required. Prepare cost estimates and assist with the review of technical data and project specifications.  Participate in campus committees and work groups, and in campus survey and inventory work related to campus infrastructure.

Minimum Qualifications:

Graduation from college with major work in landscape architecture and two years of related work experience designing site development and landscape projects and preparing construction documents and specifications for site development and landscape projects.

Experience preparing professional graphic exhibits, computer models, and digital renderings for planning and design exhibits, documents and presentations.

Proficiency with a variety of computer software programs including AutoCad, Google Sketchup (or other 3D modeling programs), the Adobe Suite – Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, and Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience assisting with design work and preparing plans for improvements related to all aspects of site design including: planting and irrigation; drainage and grading; vehicular circulation and parking; bike circulation and parking; and pedestrian plazas, circulation and public space.

Institutional site design experience, specifically with university campus and/or school projects.

Experience developing planting palettes and preparing planting plans for projects in the Sacramento Valley. 

Experience with digital rendering software such as V-Ray.

Experience preparing technical specifications, and estimates and developing construction details.

Knowledge of construction practices related to site development, and experience conducting site inspections, preparing punch lists and communicating with contractors.

Skills to conduct field surveys and road, pathway, and landscape investigations, analyze data, determine the appropriate course of action and coordinate that action with appropriate campus personnel.

License to practice landscape architecture in California, or the ability to obtain licensure within 2-3 years.

Experience using geographic information systems (GIS).

Knowledge of office operations, division management, objectives, and design standards.

Physical Demands:

Daily duties require walking, lifting objects/container plants weighing up to 50 pounds, pushing and bending.
Some work performed outdoors, year-round in extreme weather conditions in an institutional setting.
Must be able to wear and maintain approved safety equipment such as a hard hat and eye protection.
Employee is personally responsible for following safety procedures/guidelines.
Valid California Driver's license required.  

Applicants must apply via the posting on the UC Davis Career Opportunities site:


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