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LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT I
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The work involves responsibility for preparing design plans for and supervising the construction of landscape projects. An employee in this class designs and supervises the construction of a wide variety Of landscape projects such as playgrounds, small parks and plazas, tree planting programs, picnic areas, parking lots, walks and trails, recreation areas, and so on. The work of this class is of less professional difficulty than that of a Landscape Architect II; the basic difference being that a Landscape Architect I is usually assigned to standardized projects under close supervision. Work assignments are received in the form of requests to do design projects. Supervision is received from a Landscape Architect II or other administrative supervisor. The work is reviewed by a review of site plans while in progress and at completion and an on site inspection of the completed project. Work assignments of a more difficult nature are assigned as experience is gained. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Meets with a Landscape Architect II or other administrative supervisor to discuss the proposed project; discusses the proposed site for the project; obtains a basic idea of what the site will be used for and what kinds of ideas they have regarding the project; and how much money is available for construction costs, materials and equipment.
Inspects the proposed site and compiles and analyzes data on such site conditions as geographic location, soil, vegetation, rock formations, drainage and locations of any existing structures; studies existing maps and/or photographs of the site; researches information available to obtain ideas for the proposed project; draws a base map of the site as it exists.
Meets with immediate supervisor and the group requesting the project and may attend a series of public meetings to obtain approval for proposed ideas and cost estimates.
Draws detailed site plans of proposed project, using freehand and technical drafting skills which specifically illustrate ground contours and exact dimensions of site, trees, vegetation, rock formations, locations of structures and equipment, roads, walkways, parking areas, fences, walls and utilities; and coordinates the arrangement of existing and proposed land features and structures or equipment.
Decides what types of vegetation, equipment and construction material would be best suited for the site; proposes the species of tree to be planted, where gravel, asphalt and grass should be used; researches catalogues and similar sources of information and recommends the best type of playground equipment, and/or the best type of construction materials to use for plumbing and electrical systems if project includes a structure, and prepares a detailed cost estimate of each item needed for project.
Draws several proposed designs and submits drawings, cost estimates and recommendations to the supervisor.
Meets with the staff members who will be responsible for maintenance and repairs of the site such as groundskeepers, plumbers, electricians, maintenance workers, etc., to obtain their recommendations on whether or not the site will be feasible to maintain.
Draws final site plans and construction drawing to be used by contractor including detailed information such as dimensions of site, square footage, ground contours, types of trees and vegetation already existing and those to be added, walkways, grass areas, parking areas, location of existing structures and those to be added, type of equipment to be used, model numbers, manufactures, length and types of pipes for plumbing fixtures, etc.; meets with supervisor and group requesting the project for final approval of plans and detailed cost estimates.
Prepares a detailed specification for hiring a contractor and purchasing the materials needed to complete the project; utilizes standard specification forms but lists materials and gives specific construction directions for each project; lists types and amounts of materials and equipment needed, layout of the site, locations and dimensions, species of vegetation to be used, model numbers, and so on.
Meets with the contractors to discuss the site plans.
Performs daily on site inspections during construction to be sure the contractor is meeting set specifications and work being performed is satisfactory; supervises the surveying and construction.
Makes final inspection of the site with the supervisor to be sure the project meets with the specification and before approval -is given for payment; contacts the contractor to make adjustments in the site or construction if necessary.
Attends meetings with other staff members, prepares written reports,designs brochures and makes suggestions for long range plan for project.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Good knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of landscape architecture as they relate to parks and recreation areas.
Good knowledge of the characteristics and requirements of indigenous trees, shrubs, flowers or other plant life suitable for the designated climate and area.
Skill in the use of the instruments and tools common to the landscape architect profession.
Ability to prepare detailed original sketches, general designs, working drawings, cost estimates and specifications.
Ability to analyze and interpret statistical data and interpret catalogues of construction materials.
Ability to analyze and evaluate proposed sites for landscape projects.
Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
A. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a baccalaureate degree in landscape architecture or landscape engineering; or,
B. Four (4) years of paraprofessional or professional level work experience, or its part time equivalent, in landscape architecture or landscape engineering; or,
C. An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B).