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Staff Landscape Architect

Job Location

Los Angeles 90065


Type of Job



$34.81 - $42.31

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Published Date

Apr 25, 2022

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The Staff Landscape Architect will oversee design elements of all park development/landscape improvement projects, prepare landscape designs, construction documents and specifications, perform construction observation and troubleshooting, provide general project management and administration, and represent the agency at public meetings.

Applications for this position are accepted online at Please contact us at if you need an accommodation in the recruitment process. Learn more about the MRCA team at

This is highly technical and professional work for a person at a senior staff/management level. The work performed will support MRCA’s operation of nature parks within greater Los Angeles, land acquisition and capital improvement Workprograms, and other efforts related to public access, open space conservation, habitat restoration, and urban park development.

Ability to speak Spanish and a current landscape architect license issued by the State of California are required.


This position reports to the Deputy Executive Officer. Assorted tasks may be supervised by Executive Staff and may include participation in multi-division teams. The position may supervise other staff at the entry-level or intermediate project manager level.


The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  • Produce landscape improvement plans, details, and specifications, at conceptual design, schematic design, and construction document phases with both hand-drawn graphics and CAD techniques.
  • Coordinate with Construction Supervisors to monitor progress of in-house staff (force account) and subcontractors, assure compliance with plans and specifications, and troubleshoot as needed.
  • Coordinate with Site Managers to monitor landscape maintenance activities and improvements; troubleshoot as needed. Provide input and guidance on long-term management plans for existing and new facilities.
  • Sign/stamp plans. Interpret and apply applicable ordinances, regulations, and standard operating procedures.
  • Produce early concept designs for a variety of project types.
  • Identify and scope improvement projects for existing facilities.
  • Monitor and track project budgets and spending.
  • Review and approve landscape plans, details, and specifications prepared by others for park development projects.
  • Coordinate the assessment and removal of architectural barriers.
  • Make reports about improvement projects to Executive Staff, Governing Board, funders, and the general public.
  • Conduct a bi-annual Request for Qualifications for various professional disciplines to maintain a current list of qualified consultants.
  • Review proposal submissions from environmental design consultants and make recommendations to project managers.
  • Attend senior staff meetings and participate in management discussions.
  • Oversee agency design standards. Research new products and technologies.
  • Perform Construction Administration tasks and respond to RFIs from contractors and construction management consultants.
  • Specify and procure supplies for improvement projects and work closely with vendors.
  • Produce written materials including construction specifications, staff reports, text for publication, proposals, progress reports, and a variety of other documents.
  • Determine project scope, options, and alternatives to overcome constraints. Revise as often as needed to address unexpected conditions.
  • Maintain good habits of answering and responding to incoming telephone calls, correspondence, and when communicating and providing customer service to citizens who seek assistance.
  • Maintain positive relationships with coworkers, representatives of other government agencies, non-profit organizations, homeowner’s associations, and the public at large.
  • Lead and participate in group hikes, project site tours, and kayak trips with project stakeholders.
  • Represent the agency in public forums.
  • Perform related duties as required.


  • Write and coordinate grant proposals and research new funding opportunities for land acquisition, park development, and related planning efforts.
  • Perform day-to-day administration of grants, prepare required reports and ensure conformance with grant agreements.


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required remain in a stationary position, occasionally move about inside the office to access supplies and office machinery, frequently communicate and exchange information, review handwritten, electronic and facsimile documents, and operate a computer and other office productivity machinery. The employee must occasionally move items weighing up to 20 pounds inside the office.

During project site surveys, the employee is regularly required to position self to perform measurement and inventory tasks, frequently move about work sites, operate a mobile system to complete checklists, travel to various park sites, frequently operate measuring tools to record measurements indoors and in outdoor weather conditions, transport tools between vehicles and work sites on a daily basis, and occasionally ascend/descend a ladder to access areas of work.

Required Hours and Location

Monday through Friday, 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week with some scheduling flexibility. The position will work out of the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens and will be required to travel to various other locations. Offices at the River Center are spread among multiple buildings and floors. Remote working or a hybrid schedule may be allowed, subject to supervisor approval.


The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the essential functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Education and Experience

  • B.L.A, B.A. or B.S. degree.
  • Completion of Landscape Architecture degree (bachelor or masters). Completion of an approved extension certificate program meeting education requirements for State of California licensure may be substituted.
  • Four (4) years of experience with landscape architect duties.
  • Work experience directly managing landscape improvement projects with force account or via design/build relationship. Provide at least three (3) examples of completed projects.
  • Experience in the public sector in park planning and design is desired.
  • Ability to speak Spanish is required.

Training and Certification

  • Current, valid Landscape Architect license with the State of California.

Knowledge of:

  • State of California Building Code and ADAS requirements for public facilities.
  • Intermediate proficiency with AutoCAD, BlueDAG, and Land F/X software, or ability to learn.
  • Construction practices for architecture and landscape improvements.
  • California Environmental Quality Act requirements, or ability to learn.
  • Basic proficiency in email and Office 365, or ability to learn.
  • Office practices and procedures.

Ability to:

  • Cooperate with coworkers and revise project approach as needed to accommodate concerns.
  • Travel to various park sites to conduct site evaluations and evaluate projects.
  • Maintain files and records in an orderly manner.
  • Prioritize varying tasks and projects to manage multiple projects at once.
  • Work independently to handle multiple tasks under deadlines.
  • Revise work approach to address changed conditions.
  • Complete projects and follow oral and written directions.
  • Consistently follow established procedures.
  • Exercise discretion and sensitivity to confidential information.
  • Communicate to a variety of audiences about projects and objectives.
  • Read maps and navigate through greater Los Angeles, in both urban developed and undeveloped open space areas.


  • Accurate use of measuring devices for distance, height, slope and adjacencies.
  • Demonstrated creativity and ability to troubleshoot landscape construction issues
  • Spatial analysis.

· Excellent oral and written English language skills. Not required to be a native English speaker, but fluency in English will be required.

  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relations with those contacted in the course of work including the general public.

This job announcement is not intended to, and does not, create an employment contract of any kind and does not create any express or implied contractual obligations. Employment at MRCA is at-will without exception. The employee and MRCA may terminate employment at any time with or without advance notice and with or without cause.

Any provision contained in this job announcement may be modified or revoked at any time without notice.

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