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  • 09/27/2023 9:56 AM | Jennifer Thomas (Administrator)

    Hill Studio is seeking a Landscape Architect or Landscape Designer, preferably with 6 to 10 years of experience designing and managing landscape architecture projects from conceptual design through construction administration. This position requires proficiency in Autocad, Adobe products, and Sketchup software as well as ability to work collaboratively with internal and external team members in developing creative solutions.

    Hill Studio is “Community. By Design.” We create sustainable community plans and places that are unique and respectful of site context, the built environment, and the surrounding landscape. Our firm works closely with its design studios of architecture, community planning, landscape architecture, and historic preservation with opportunities to engage in a wide variety of design work at various scales – from construction details to countywide master plans.

    We are a boutique design studio, located in Virginia's Blue Ridge, featuring Community Planning, Landscape Architecture, Architecture and Historic Preservation and the collaboration of disciplines is essential to us with passion for our work without silos or egos. We are focused on and passionate about custom community-building projects, creative work spaces and branded environments. Every project is unique and personal, interactive process; enjoyable, creative, artful, engaging and always inspiring.

    If you want to take part in creating truly remarkable spaces and deeply root yourself in the profession, then please reach out. We’d love to meet you!

    An ideal candidate will:

    1. Lead projects from Conceptual Design through Construction Administration.

    2. Successfully collaborate with both internal and external team members.

    3. Take ownership of and accountability for the project’s success and execution.

    4. Be passionate about all aspects of design.

    5. Have superb organization skills.

    6. Be eager to take on flexible, broad, and new responsibilities.

    7. Be a team player that is interested in working in a small office setting.

    8. Have a strong desire to create the future of the firm.

    Required Qualifications:

    1. 6-10 years of professional experience.

    2. Minimum Bachelor Degree of Landscape Architecture from accredited program.

    3. A comprehensive understanding of landscape technical skills including site grading, planting design, detailing, and construction documents.

    4. Knowledge of native and native-adapted plant species of Virginia and the Midatlantic region.

    5. Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel.

    6. Experience with Autocad, SketchUp and Adobe Creative Suite.  Revit and BIM technology skill is a bonus.

    7. Meticulous attention to detail.

    8. Excellent written and oral communication skills.

    9. High degree of professionalism.

    10. Ability to transition between multiple projects and tasks.

    11. Driven and self-starting.

    For more information, contact Katherine Packer, kpacker@hillstudio.com

  • 09/12/2023 4:28 PM | Jennifer Thomas (Administrator)

    GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

    This position would be primarily responsible for managing residential subdivision and commercial site planning efforts, landscaping and lighting plan review, field inspections, and subdivision plat review. This position may provide guidance on design policy and assist with drafting of ordinance amendments. Project management experience is preferred. Previous experience working in a local government setting is preferred. 

    General Description: This is a professional position. The incumbent performs complex tasks related to the review and processing of Planning applications and may serve as the primary contact for questions regarding property information, rezoning processes, special exception and conditional use permits, and subdivisions, and site plans. Types of applications include construction plans, commercial site plans, subdivision plats, landscaping and lighting plans, rezoning requests, conditional use permits, and special exceptions. Duties involve regular contact with the public, engineers, and developers, as well as technical support to the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors.

    Organization: The Planner position is part of Hanover County’s Career Development Program (CD). The Planner Ladder has four (4) levels ranging from Planner I to Senior Planner II. Incumbents  report to the Current Planning Manager or Principal Planner and supervise no staff. Planners may receive workflow direction from a Senior Planner and may provide guidance to a Planning Technician or a lower level Planner.

    Essential Functions: 

    • Reviews applications for approval/revision.
    • Assists applicants, engineers and developers to resolve problems.
    • Prepares reports and supporting graphic display materials for the Planning Commission.
    • Reviews commercial, industrial, and multi-family building permits. Conducts certificate of occupancy  and subdivision inspections
    • Serves as primary contact for questions regarding property information, rezoning processes, special exceptions and conditional use permits, subdivisions, and site plans
    • May function as the first point of contact with citizens, developers, and licensed professionals seeking assistance from the Planning Department
    • May maintain meeting schedules, status of cases, and other critical reports/forms; Enters case information into computerized tracking software
    • Performs the initial processing and review of applications for accuracy and completeness, prepares letter to applicants on acceptance or refusal of applications
    • Presents new applications to Director and staff for review of completeness
    • Performs special projects/analyses as assigned by the Director, Current Planning Manager, or Principal Planner
    • Manages department website, updates content periodically, posts case information to the website calendar for Planning Commission and Board of Supervisor meetings
    • Assists with site plan and subdivision inquiries and processing of applications
    • Insures timely processing of applications and coordinates comments of reviewing agencies.
    • Assists with review/update of Comprehensive Plan, as needed.
    • Performs related work as assigned.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Requires a general knowledge of the principles and practices of urban and regional planning. Knowledge of recent developments in the field of County Planning, preferred. Knowledge of comprehensive planning, zoning, land development and engineering practices, preferred. Must be able to analyze and compile technical and statistical data. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing is required.
     
    Education, Experience and Training: Bachelor’s degree in Planning or a related field and three years of professional experience required. Master’s Degree preferred; may be substituted for one year of experience. Experience reviewing zoning applications, subdivision construction plans and plats, site plans,  and public customer service experience preferred. Higher levels on the Career Ladder require additional experience and education such as a Master’s Degree.
     
    Special Conditions:
    · Valid Commonwealth of Virginia Driver’s License
    · Criminal Records Check
    · Work beyond normal work schedule
    · Twelve-month probationary period
     

    Review this posting on the Hanover County website, and apply.

  • 09/08/2023 9:23 AM | Jennifer Thomas (Administrator)

    How does the work make a difference?

    At VIA, we value creativity and innovation to bring the best idea forward. We value art and human interaction as the foundation of design, before engineering. We are seeking a Landscape Architect to take charge of site design for all our projects, initiating ideas from concept then leading a team of site designers and consultants to engineer the solutions. Your work will have a lasting impact contributing directly to the design quality of spaces and places for our clients.

    Challenge and Responsibility

    As a Landscape Architect at VIA, you are challenged daily to lead a team of designers and guide design decisions that result in great spaces while meeting the goals of our clients. You are responsible for generating landscape and site design concepts for projects of various scales and sizes, assessing site potential and environmental impacts, leading the vision for site design, implementing sustainable design ideas, and executing construction documents that bring the project to life. A Landscape Architect is expected to build and maintain relationships with the design team and clients to achieve consistent, successful results.  

    Skills and Role Requirements

    -       Professional degree and active licensure as a Landscape Architect

    -       Proven experience leading a team through design and construction to project completion

    -       Strong design and technical skills

    -       The ability to communicate design intent effectively through sketching and digital production

    -       A collaborative mindset and flexibility to work in a multidisciplinary design environment

    -       Fluency in AutoCAD and Adobe Creative Suite

    -       Experience collaborating with Revit (BIM), LandFX, and 3d StudioMax

    -       Knowledge of coastal resilience and integral stormwater management strategies

    -       Clear presentation, graphic, written, and verbal communication skills

    The Benefits

    VIA offers employees a competitive salary*, 401k with matching contributions, and benefits such as 100% employer-paid health insurance for employees, paid parking / public transit, paid time off, choose your own holidays / religious / cultural celebration days, time off for your birthday, and some non-traditional perks, such as an annual training and education stipend, 8 hours annually to volunteer for an organization of your choice, an annual operations closure from December 24th through January 1st, and much more!

    *The Landscape Architect starting salary range is between $65,000 and $85,000, commensurate with related and relevant proven experience.

    More About Us

    VIA design is a multidisciplinary firm located in the heart of Downtown Norfolk, VA. With Architects, Landscape Architects, Interior Designers, and Graphic Designers on our staff, there is an intriguing opportunity for professionals who have a zest for learning and leading. Our historical, award-winning office space is fabulously designed for collaboration and working together, while also allowing for focus time. Our walkable and commutable vibrant location in Norfolk is ideal for all who visit our space. There is an array of various lunch, coffee, and happy hour spots nearby. Also nearby is the Elizabeth River Trail which takes you along the waterfront, Norfolk’s most prized possession. If you are deeply rooted in the arts, you will quickly find your home in Norfolk. The community you find in Norfolk is unlike any other city! VIA is in the center of the culture of Norfolk, and you’ll feel it right when you walk through our doors!

    If you are interested in this position, please submit a letter of interest, resume, and digital portfolio to Blair Valdivieso by email [bval@viadesignarchitects.com]. 

    explore: www.viadesignarchitects.com  

    engage: 757.627.1489 


  • 08/11/2023 2:43 PM | Jennifer Thomas (Administrator)

    Lardner/Klein Landscape Architects, P.C. is hiring!

    If you love working with people, are passionate about bettering the public realm, and want to influence our surrounding landscape for decades to come, you are the person we are looking for to fill this position.

    The successful candidate must have a strong and demonstrated interest in nonprofit and public work, is comfortable working independently using standard design tools, can supervise less experienced team members, and ability to be involved in multiple projects at one time. Excellent design communication and writing skills are essential to the success of our practice, and a broad knowledge of related specialties is a highly desired bonus.

    Our Office Style and Your Role

     Office Culture: we offer an informal and communicative office culture and have a strong history of ensuring a balanced work/personal life for each team member. We value the 40-hour work week, flexible holidays, and generous time off.

     Projects: our practice is small, but highly flexible; we work on projects in many different places and at many different scales across the country.

     Collaborative Working Style: when lead on a project team, we assemble highly diverse teams of skilled professionals, and you will find yourself regularly working with other like-minded professionals from other disciplines and firms.

     Communication: most of our work is public and we seek out and value the perspectives of our project’s stakeholders. As a part of our practice, you will engage in conversations about places and spaces with users, neighbors, advocates, and community leaders, all with differing points of view.  Professional growth: we are actively committed to the professional growth of our employees through mentorship and financial support for continuing education, licensure, and certifications.

    About Our Firm: Lardner/Klein, Alexandria, VA

    Please look at our website for more information about our projects and professional values: www.lardnerklein.com

    We are a small, award-winning firm, nationally recognized for our planning and design work. Our work is thoughtful and fast-paced. We are looking for a landscape architect to work with us on challenging and rewarding projects. 

    We do work that makes a difference. Our work includes planning and design for parks and natural areas – from park systems to neighborhood parks and everything in between. Our work often involves the planning and design of “long and skinny places” such as greenways and trails or scenic byways. We help communities and neighborhoods to better integrate human-powered transportation into the daily lives of their residents.

    Qualifications

    As a member of a small firm, you will be involved in all portions of a project. We team with multi-disciplined firms, often as the prime consultant, and work throughout the United States, with a primary focus on projects within the Mid-Atlantic. Specific project team members may include engineers, architects, professional cost estimators, restoration ecologists, specialists in heritage tourism and historic preservation, and tourism and economic development consultants.

    You may choose to work full-time in our physical office in Old Town Alexandria, VA or develop a hybrid work model, with your base location allowing for project site visits and project public engagement activities.

    Required Qualifications

    • Professional degree in Landscape Architecture from an accredited program
    • 5-8+ years of experience in a consulting or public entity environment, inclusive of past internships
    • Proficiency with AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, ArcGIS, Microsoft Office, 3-D modeling, and visualization programs
    • Capacity to provide project and design management on multiple projects at varying scales simultaneously
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills – ability to track project decisionmaking in a public setting as well as in the office

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Additional types of certifications desired: Arborist, CPSI, LEED
    • Registration as a Landscape Architect

    Compensation

    The pay range for this job in Alexandria, VA is $70,000-$95,000 annually. Actual compensation is based upon experience, skill sets, and qualifications.

    Benefits

    • Medical/Vision: PPO or HSA medical plans for individual, L/KLA pays 100% of an individual's premium
    • Dental: Delta Virginia, L/KLA pays 100% of an individual's premium
    • Simple IRA: L/KLA matches up to 3% subject to IRS requirements
    • Generous vacation and personal/sick leave, flexible compensatory time
    • Holiday: 10 total company paid holidays
    • Professional support towards licensure/registration and continuing education

    Lardner/Klein is an equal opportunity employer.

    Please email a resume and recent work samples smaller than 10 mb with the subject heading “L/KLA Opening” to the attention of Elisabeth Lardner: resume@lardnerklein.com

    No phone calls please.


  • 07/27/2023 3:31 PM | Jennifer Thomas (Administrator)

    The Henrico County Department of Planning is hiring for a county planner position in the Development Review and Design division, which focuses on review of high profile and/or complex urban planning and landscape architecture projects, and provides professional, high level planning assistance regarding all land development activities and special studies. This position places emphasis on production of planning design and policy documents related to land use and development in urban and rural environments, participation in public outreach for planning projects, and serving as an advisory design and policy liaison for zoning and development applications. This involves considerable latitude for project implementation and preparation of alternative designs that provide solutions during the land development review process when appropriate. Excellent written and oral presentation skills are required and experience presenting at municipal hearings is desirable.  The position requires a significant amount of interaction with various state and county agencies, county administration, the Planning Commission, and the Board of Supervisors.  Attendance at public meetings or participation on work-related activities outside of normal working hours (evenings) may be required.

    Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of planning and zoning, including some familiarity with statistics, economics and sociology; good knowledge of the laws and regulations relating to the area of planning to which the position is assigned; good relevant knowledge of the principles and practices of civil engineering and of building construction practices and methods as they relate to the position to which assigned; ability to perform or oversee technical research work, and to give reliable advice and guidance on planning problems; ability to express ideas both orally and in writing in a clear and concise manner; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, elected and appointed officials, other agencies and the public The position is currently scheduled to close on Monday, August 7, 2023.  Applicants can access the job sites portal at http://henrico.us/services/jobs.


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