Garland Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts (PRCAD) is an award-winning department that serves a community of more than 238,000. Over the last few years, Garland’s programs and staff continue to receive recognition and numerous awards from organizations such as the Texas Recreation and Park Society. The City of Garland recently passed a Bond program, which includes $117,750,000 for PRCAD to renovate, construct, develop, improve and expand Parks and Recreation facilities.
The City of Garland offers competitive leave/benefits, retirement, professional development opportunities, and much more. Come grow with us and see where your career takes you!
Responsible, under the supervision of the Parks Special Projects Administrator, for conceptual park planning, design, and project administration, including implementation, of improvements and enhancements to open spaces, trails, greenbelt corridors, rights-of-way, sports and recreation facilities, and other park developments. The position will provide responsible staff assistance for coordination of project management information to other divisions, departments, outside agencies, and the general public.
Essential Job Functions
- Coordinate the design and development of landscape construction projects within parks or on other city property, and collaborate with city management, consultants, and contractors based on site needs or requirements.
- Participate in the review of design documents for technical integrity, compliance with standards and requirements related to functional use, maintenance, safety considerations and aesthetics.
- Prepare plans and project specifications to include schematic design development through construction documents and construction management.
- Develop design concepts by producing graphic presentation drawings. Verify code requirements, coordinate permit submittals and bid packages by writing business communications and transmittals.
- Provide onsite project construction observation. Review contractor pay applications, prepare reports regarding construction activities and approve final work of contractors.
- Prepare cost estimates reflecting project budgets, create schedules, and prepare project bidding documents and contracts.
- Communicate clearly and effectively with citizens, developers, contractors, other city departments and management to discuss development requirements and impact on City parks.
- Assist with general office duties, as needed.
Minimum Education & Work Experience
-Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from a college or university with an accredited Landscape Architecture program
-3 years related experience
-Licensed to practice as a Registered Landscape Architect in the State of Texas; Or must obtain a license to practice in the State of Texas within one year of hire
-Applicant should have at least two years of experience creating Construction Documents including layout, grading, planting, and detailing utilizing AutoCAD 2014
Preferred Knowledge – Abilities & Skills
- Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from a college or university with an accredited Landscape Architecture program
- 3-5 years of experience in planning, designing and implementing landscape architecture projects
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Knowledge of the principles, theories, and practices of landscape architecture as they relate to project development from schematic site design through coordination of construction and warranty periods
- Knowledge of construction materials and techniques
- Knowledge of landscape irrigation systems
- Knowledge of natural and environmental characteristics of the site to include soils, topography, drainage and vegetation
- Knowledge of trees and woody ornamental plant material and their use in sustainable planting and design
- Ability to utilize software such as AutoCAD and GIS in generating drawings and mapping, Adobe Suite, including Photoshop, and Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and Outlook
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing
- Ability to read, write and understand construction drawings, design documents and plans
- Ability to apply landscape architecture design principles and conservation practices to general park development and recreational facility planning
- Ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with other departments, public officials, citizens and staff members
- Ability to adjust to dynamic project priorities and manage multiple projects simultaneously
Licenses & Certifications
-Valid Class C Texas driver’s license
-Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued Irrigation License preferred, not required
Physical Tasks & Working Conditions
The incumbent works mostly in an office-type environment, relatively free from exposure to unpleasant environmental conditions and/or hazards. Occasional work may be performed outside or with exposure to risk. May be exposed to extremes of heat and cold, rain, humidity, insects, noxious odors, fumes, and physical stress from exertion and lifting. Exposed to physical exertion such as bending, lifting, stooping, reaching, pulling, and pushing. Ability to lift up to 25 pounds.