Landscape Architect and Urban Designer
City of Avondale, AZ - Avondale, AZ

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The City of Avondale Development and Engineering Services Department has an opening for a Landscape Architect and Urban Designer, full-time position, FLSA exempt and with benefits.

The ideal candidate should be highly motivated and be a professional team player to work cooperatively with development teams, engineers, architects, landscape architects, planners and inspectors in all aspects of public and private development within the City. This position provides project management on assigned projects to include urban design and transit oriented planning and development projects.

Examples of Duties:

Review commercial development and residential subdivision landscape plans, prepare street tree master plans, tree inventory/salvage plans, public art master plans, urban design sketches/details, trail design and development, and open space/pedestrian improvements.

Establish general landscape requirements and urban design standards; review landscape plans for compliance with City standards, and prepare Street Tree Master Plan.

Conduct preliminary studies of sites including (contours, soil, ecology, building and roads).

Accurately preparing and presenting detailed plans and working drawings, including construction details and specifications for city projects.

Make site visits, conduct/oversee project inspections, and monitor and check work.

Additional duties include; performing slope analysis, checking salvage operations at the site, meeting with customers and assisting in developing policies and procedures, and ordinances. Overseeing the design of a variety of projects, including urban regeneration schemes, sustainable development, road or retail schemes, and maintaining character of sites or natural beauty.

Performs project management and administration of contracts for design, engineering and construction projects by preparing RFP's, bid packages and specifications, and other pertinent documentation as it relates to each project.

Performs project management for Development Services special projects by performing functions as it relates to each project.

Make frequent presentations to Boards and Commissions, Neighborhood groups, City Council, and outside agencies.

Provide leadership and recommendations to the Municipal Art Committee.

Typical Qualifications:

Work requires broad knowledge in a general professional and technical field. A Bachelor's Degree in landscape architecture or a related field is required.

Requires three years of landscape architectural experience, with an emphasis in public projects and/ or plan review.

Excellent customer service interaction skills, con-census building, presentation skills, and the ability to mediate conflicts among interest groups. Demonstrated experience working within a public process, including negotiations and providing alternative solutions.

Ability to meet deadlines with minimal supervision. Ability to attend night, weekend meetings, and special events as required.

Must have a valid Arizona Driver's License at time of hire.

Possession of a Registration as a Professional Landscape Architect in the State of Arizona or able to obtain within 12 months from the date of hire. For information on becoming registered with the State of Arizona, contact the Arizona State Board of Technical Registration at 602-364-4937.

Supplemental Information:

Work requires the ability to read city documents, development plans and cases, laws, maps, and agreements.

Work requires the ability to perform general math calculations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and statistics.

Demonstrated written, verbal and graphic communication skills including the ability to prepare clear and concise written correspondence, reports and recommendations and to make public presentations. Strong word processing and graphic skills.

Planning responsibilities include coordinating meetings and managing planning projects, and consultants. Ability to organize multiple projects, lead development teams, and meet deadlines.

Demonstrated supervisory experience. Work requires the occasional direction of helpers, assistants, seasonal employees, interns, volunteers or temporary employees.

Work is governed by broad instructions, objectives, and policies. Work requires the exercise of considerable initiative and independent analytical and evaluative judgment.

The incumbents in this position contact others within the organization. These contacts may involve similar work units or departments within the City such as Building Safety, Parks and Recreation, Engineering and City Administration which may be involved in decision making or providing approval or decision making authority for purchases or projects. In addition, these incumbents work with individuals outside the City who may belong to professional or peer organizations. Working with various state and federal agencies may also be required of the employee. Vendors and suppliers may also be called upon for information on purchases, supplies or products. Meetings and discussions may be conducted with customers, brokers and sales representatives. Employee must maintain regular attendance.

Applicants will need to complete an employment application on-line at If you have any questions, please contact the Human Resources Department at 623-333-2200.