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Landscape Architect

By January 5, 2022
  • Full Time
  • 250 M St SE
  • January 24, 2022

District Department of Transportation

Job Summary

This position is located in the District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT) Infrastructure Project Management Division (IPMD). This administration provides leadership in the planning, designing, reviewing and constructing transportation infrastructure and the management of related special initiatives and projects city-wide. The incumbent manages the delivery of design and construction of stormwater management projects which require specialized knowledge of low impact development (LID) or stormwater management retrofits.

Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent is responsible for providing a variety of professional landscape architectural services for the department. Provides professional landscape architectural expertise for DDOT, in the planning, design, and management of landscape construction projects with an emphasis on urban streetscape design and public space.  The position requires professional landscape architectural planning and design skills, knowledge of the physical planning fields and biological sciences as related to plant ecology, horticulture, and botany. The position manages and reviews stormwater management design and construction projects to ensure that they meet federal and local regulatory requirements. The applicant shall have experience and knowledge of the basics of low impact development/green infrastructure design, construction, and function. Endeavors to obtain the most functional, economical, and aesthetic results in physical land planning, especially as it relates to urban streetscape design and public space. Originates, develops, and reviews design plans, studies, reports, tests, calculations, specifications, cost estimates, inspections, programs and related services to facilitate the development of specific sites and rights-of-way: Coordinates with internal DDOT administrations on streetscape projects, ensuring maximum benefit for the urban environment as well as to the community. Provides technical assessments and reviews a wide range of complex and unprecedented urban public space designs, cost estimates, and specifications/documentation for design quality, functionality, cost, effectiveness, and outcome. Provides guidance in the revision and development of urban design strategies and plans for public space. Develops requirements and schedules for the preparation at plans and for coordination of the review of the various phases of landscape design within the broader design context. Develops, monitors, and maintains standards for landscape architectural procedures, methods, and techniques.

The incumbent provides in-house landscape architectural services for IPMD. Coordinates on unique and unusual projects and collaborates with other design professionals as appropriate, ensuring plans and designs are compatible with architectural and engineering principles as well as agency goals and objectives. Collaborates with professional engineers, horticulturists, ecologists, and other professionals on complex projects, requiring incumbent to possess substantive knowledge of the allied physical planning fields, and the biological sciences of agronomy, ecology, horticulture, and botany as they affect land development. Responsible for coordinating, managing, and reviewing various design projects in public space. This includes managing consultants and contractors, ensuring deadlines are met, reviewing documents for conflict with any disciplines, writing and editing site design specifications, selecting landscape and paving materials, and preparing drawings. Responsible for reviewing the landscape architectural aspects of construction projects involving both new construction and repairs/reconstruction. Provides professional landscape architectural information and advice to stakeholders to determine needs and priorities. The work of this position includes varied duties requiring many different and unrelated processes and methods relating to a wide range of professional landscape architectural assignments. The incumbent is responsible for providing expert advice and recommendations to the supervisor and top-level managers regarding complex issues which often involve conflicting requirements, resources availability, and competing priorities. The work requires the application of extensive analysis, seasoned judgment, and expert understanding of the functions; and continual program assessment and criteria development; and research on best management practices and original design and planning for implementing projects in the District.

Qualifications and Education

Applicant must possess a degree in landscape architecture or landscape design.


Combination of education and experience.

Knowledge of federal, state and local transportation programs and standards pertinent to architectural landscaping and design of public space, sufficient to ensure that landscape architect designs comply with governing regulations and guidelines. Professional knowledge of landscape architecture, urban design, planning and design principles and skills with emphasis on those pertinent to urban streetscape design and public space. Working knowledge of the physical planning fields and biological sciences such as those related to plant ecology, horticulture, and botany as they affect land development in the District of Columbia. Knowledge and understanding of sustainable design principles, storm water management techniques and Low Impact Design practices related to landscape architectural design and construction sufficient to ensure adequate preparation and review of designs and specifications. Proficiency in the use of AutoCAD or MicroStation software, working knowledge of ArcGIS and related equipment sufficient to effectively participate in the planning, design, and completion of landscape architectural projects. Excellent oral and written communication are required to concisely express artistic ideas and plans, to develop and present project briefings to agency executives, team members, as well as community groups, Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, Civic Associations, utility companies and other stakeholders is highly preferred.

Licenses and Certifications

A Landscape Architecture (LA) license is required and must be maintained.

Work Environment

The majority of the work is in an office setting; however, during field visits the incumbent must be able to move around construction sites, involving horizontal and vertical travel on unfinished surfaces, inclement weather conditions, and noisy work areas.

Other Significant Facts

Tour of Duty:  Varies

Promotion Potential:  No known promotion potential

Duration of Appointment:  Career Service – Term

Pay Plan, Series and Grade:  CS-0807-12

Collective Bargaining Unit (Union): This position is not in a collective bargaining unit.

Position Designation: The position has been deemed security-sensitive, pursuant to section 410 of Chapter 4 of the D.C. Personnel Regulations. Accordingly, the incumbent will be subject to pre-employment checks (criminal background, and traffic records, if applicable) as a condition of employment, and will be subject to periodic criminal background checks, and traffic records for the duration of your tenure.

Emergency Designation: This position has been designated as an essential employee position under the provisions of District Personnel Manual, Chapter 12.  As such, your services may be required in emergency situations to perform crucial duties, i.e., snow removal, debris removal, transportation, shelter operations, food distribution, and communication.  These duties may be performed when the government is closed or when most employees are dismissed early.

Employee Benefits May Include:

DDOT is an employer of choice for any job seeker who has passion, energy, and enthusiasm about our city.  Employee benefits include:

Health and life insurance benefits and retirement benefits (More information about these benefits is available on the D.C. Department of Human Resources (DCHR) website at www.dchr.dc.gov.)
Complimentary Capital BikeShare Membership
Free rides on Circulator buses
Continued professional development, and professional growth through d.University, the in-house training available for all DDOT employees
Flexible work schedule (team and role dependent)
Employer assisted housing loan program, providing payment and/or closing cost financing for first-time home buyers (restrictions apply)
VACCINATION REQUIREMENT: The Government of the District of Columbia values the safety of our employees, our residents, and our visitors. In support of these values, if you are selected for this job you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs. If you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to your initial HR representative, or you must request an exemption from your representative. New employees must either provide proof of vaccination or be granted a medical or religious exemption before working with the Government of the District of Columbia.

EEO Statement: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.

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